There are several different claims about how Buffalo wings were invented. One of the more prevalent claims is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, by Teresa Bellissimo, who owned the bar with husband Frank. Several versions of the story have been circulated by the Bellissimo family and others.
Upon the unannounced, late-night arrival of their son, Dominic, with several of his friends from college, Teresa needed a fast and easy snack to present to her guests. It was then that she came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings and tossing them in cayenne sauce.
Dominic Bellissimo (Frank & Teresa's son) told "The New York Reporter" Calvin Trillin in 1980: "It was Friday night in the bar and since people were buying a lot of drinks he wanted to do something nice for them at midnight when the most Catholic patrons would be able to eat meat again." He stated that it was his mother, Teresa, who came up with the idea of chicken wings.
Another claim is that a man named John Young served chicken wings in a special "mambo sauce" at his Buffalo restaurant in the mid-1960s. His wings were breaded. Young had registered the name of his restaurant, John Young's Wings 'n' Things, at the country courthouse before leaving Buffalo in 1970.