A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 23, 2012
Wingery (Buffalo wings + eatery)

A “wingery” (Buffalo chicken wings + eatery) is a restaurant that specializes in serving Buffalo chicken wings. “Wingery” can also mean the skill of someone who cooks Buffalo chicken wings.

The word “wingery” has been cited in print since at least July 1980. The word has been popularized in the names of restaurants such as Florida’s The Wingery (in 1992) and the WOW Café and Wingery restaurant chain (trademarked from 2001).


Double-Tongued Dictionary
wingery
n. a restaurant that specializes in serving spicy hot chicken wings.
Citations:
1989 Garrison Keillor We Are Still Married: Stories and Letters (Mar. 15) p. 60: One night, arriving or dinner at The Buffalo Wingery, Rob and Nancy ran into Randy and Sue sitting at the bar.
1993 [Doug Evans] Usenet: rec.sport.football.pro (July 23) “Re: Bills Boosters in LA/San Diego?”: The Atomic Wings Wingery was started by a UB grad with help from Duffs.
1995 Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) (Dec. 6) “Just wing it Spur-of-the-moment snack idea now hot item in bars, eateries” p. C1: The Wingery buffalo wings.
2001 John Lehndorff Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado) (Jan. 26) “Hot Stuff A Chicken Wing Tasting—Just In Time For The Super Bowl” p. 13D: With great expectations we sampled four varieties of wings at this award-winning wingery and were suitably impressed. This is the real deal: big, fresh, meaty wings and drumettes immersed in boiling oil until crisped and soaked in various sauces.

23 July 1980, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), “Buffalo wings: Blizzard City likes ‘em hot” by Nancy J. Schwerzler, pg. B1:
The smell from the kitchen area was right and brought back memories of JP Bullfeathers, a Buffalo bar and wingery where I had often downed the offerings of both.

Google Books
Roadfood and Goodfood:
Jane and Michael Stern’s coast-to-coast restaurant guides

By Jane Stern and Michael Stern
New York, NY: Knopf
1986
Pg. ?:
... as the original wingery, remains a humble corner tavern; except for wing-related newspaper clippings on the wall and a ...

27 September 1987, Miami (FL) Herald, “Chefs gather, put taste to test in war of wings,” BRWD pg. 1BR:
It was the Wing Ding at University Mall Saturday, the kind of event where everyone puts on their best T-shirts to mingle with the captains of radio hype, eat spicy chicken wings and watch the pros of chicken wingery at work.

5 November 1992, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), “Tasty wings are only the beginning” by Oline H. Cogdill, Features/Lifestyle, pg. 2:
In addition to a children’s menu, the Wingery often offers specials for children such as free video games or free dinners when accompanied by their parents.

1 March 2004, CityBusiness North Shore Report (New Orleans, LA):
In early 2001, Paul Ballard began working on the WOW Café and Wingery concept.

(Trademark)
Word Mark WINGERY
Goods and Services IC 043. US 100 101. G & S: restaurant services. FIRST USE: 20011217. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20011217
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76475194
Filing Date December 11, 2002
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition September 16, 2003
Registration Number 2848926
Registration Date June 1, 2004
Owner (REGISTRANT) Ballard, Paul INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 1600 North Highway 190 Covington LOUISIANA 70433
(LAST LISTED OWNER) WOW CAFE & WINGERY FRANCHISING ACCOUNT, L.L.C. LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LOUISIANA 70456 HWY. 21, SUITE 1 COVINGTON LOUISIANA 70433
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record James R. Thein
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
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