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New Year, New Name for Popular Suwanee Restaurant

Buffalo's Cafe has replaced Diggers on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, but with the same ownership. Share your thoughts.

The latest change in the Suwanee restaurant scene also may be symbolic of what it takes to survive in the competitive industry, at least locally.

Buffalo's Cafe officially opened for business Friday (December 28) in the former Diggers site. (It's at 991 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, at Moore Road). The same ownership continues -- brothers Paul and Flay Dalrymple -- and one owner made it clear recently that it's not just that signature menu item (wings) that is behind the shift.

Paul Dalrymple also owns the Hamilton Mill location of Buffalo's Cafe, and so he knows the business benefits of being part of a chain.

"For a small, independent company, it's very difficult to compete, and very time consuming," Paul Dalrymple said in Suwanee on the first full day of operation as Buffalo's Cafe. "You can't be competitive as an independent operator."

Dalrymple cited such factors as marketing, purchasing and menu development as pluses to being part of a chain. Buffalo's Cafe is owned by the parent company of the successful Southern California Fatburger chain.

There's fresh evidence of this in Suwanee. Olde Towne Tavern & Grille closed in a bankruptcy proceeding on December 20; it was independently operated. Also, Moondance Lounge is admittedly on the ropes, and Cafe Gourmandises also closed recently.

Dalrymple said the price of commodities, such as corn, are "way too high -- a lot of it is based on the decisions of the federal government."

Because of feed costs to farmers, "The price of chicken wings is at an all-time high."

This could be noted in this reporter's menu sampling. The price of the Taster wings menu item was reasonable -- $7 for six wings. But the portion sizes were not overwhelming, undoubtedly a move to keep the price competitive.

The remainder of the Buffalo's menu offers several items that are common to casual dining eateries. There also are specially priced lunch items and "kids eat free" night.

Dalrymple also hopes to expand the Buffalo's brand elsewhere in the Southeast. "Our goal is to be a big fish in a small pond," he said.

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Linda Johnson January 02, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Great to see a Buffalo's Cafe in our neighborhood! They have the BEST wings and burgers!! My family has been there twice already ;-) YUM
Rosemary Vollmar January 02, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Dalrymple said the price of commodities, such as corn, are "way too high -- a lot of it is based on the decisions of the federal government." Because of feed costs to farmers, "The price of chicken wings is at an all-time high." ___________________________________________________________________ The federal government allows alcohol to be added to gasoline so the farmers are diverting corn that was used for animal feed (beef, chicken, etc) to the distilling industry because they get more money from them. That has increased the price of the animal feed, therefore, your burgers and wings cost more. The federal government needs to encourage alternate fuel sources and wean us from the oil. We, as oil consumers, need to discover that we have feet for walking, and legs that can push the wheels around on a bike. If we buy less, or no, fuel at the pumps and tires at the local Sam's, the feds will not get all those excise taxes and will begin to take notice. Let them put the excise taxes on the alternate fuel sources that science will come up with to run the vehicles. Rosemary Vollmar
Lynn Day January 02, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Do not like Buffalo's!! I will not be going!
Ross Crawford January 03, 2013 at 02:30 AM
I thought Moondance Lounge was doing good. Seems to draw a respectable crowd. That location must be cursed, as there has been several restaurants in that same building and none lasted very long. Had to see it go. Business owners work so hard and invest so much of their own money to get a new business up and going. Franchises come with a proven business plan, but the cost of admission can be an obstacle. That location needs the type of restaurant where customers will beat a path to your door. Sadly, no suggestions.
Susan Edwards January 23, 2013 at 07:39 PM
We tried Buffalos for the first time the other night and it was GOOD!! I had a burger which was great, hubby had the mixed grill and father in law had the Philly cheese steak sandwich....all were very good! We will return!!
Lola Deville March 11, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Is this restaurant hiring?
Steve Burns (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Not sure, Lola. Just call them and ask.

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