Even though it didn’t place, The Depot Restaurant and Tavern’s trip to the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo was judged a success by Depot owner Judy Hurlburt.
Referring to their reception by the crowd, Hurlburt said, “We did very, very well. People were very receptive to the garbage wing sauce.”
The Oneonta restaurant participated in the 11th annual National Buffalo Wings Festival, held this year over Labor Day weekend from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 in Buffalo, using the opportunity to highlight the restaurant’s “garbage” wing sauce.
Said Hurlburt, “To be honest with you, (I) didn’t really know what to expect.”
Hurlburt said, however, that the weather was great both days, that thousands of people passed through their booth, and that there were chicken wings of every conceivable variety and spiciness at the festival.
“There’s a peanut-butter-and-jelly wing out there,” she noted.
She also said The Depot sold 167 bottles of its garbage wing sauce, and that everyone who went from The Depot had a great time.
“Would we go back again next year? Absolutely.” said Hurlburt, “It was a great marketing opportunity.”
On The Depot not placing in the festival’s Restaurant Sauce-Off Competition, Hurlburt said it might have had something to do with their garbage wing sauce being thicker than is typical of most sauces.
Said Hurlburt, “There’s always next year.”
As for her own personal feelings on chicken wings, Hurlburt is not an aficionado.
“To be totally honest with you, I am not a wing fan,” said Hurlburt. “If I eat three wings, four wings a year, that’s a lot for me.”
BOOK SELLER FINDS NEW HOME
After more than a year of moving, Popek Books is now firmly ensconced in its new location in Otego.
Formerly located on Chestnut Street in Oneonta, Popek Books can be found on 356 Main St., across from the elementary school. And even though the Otego store has been open for around two months, there are still books being moved into it, including the bargain book section.