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September 7, 2013

Area restaurant wings it at Buffalo festival

By Bera Dunau Business Beat
The Daily Star

---- — 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.”


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.

Said manager Michael Popek, in comments by email, “We hope to have a more formal grand opening to really announce our presence, which will likely be at the end of September.”

Popek also said that they were planning some events around the Christmas rush, which will likely include a sale, as well as food and entertainment.

Popek has been a part of the book-selling business since his parents entered into it in 1985.

Popek also said that that the store’s regular customers have stuck with them through the move.

“Even before we were fully set up, I had more than a few customers pop their heads in to check up on us.”

As for their reception in Otego, he said that it has been good. 

“Everyone has been pleased with the shop and are happy to have a business presence on Main Street,” he said. “We hope that we start a trend and look forward to seeing more shops open up beside us.”

Popek Books sells used and rare books. It is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and weekends by chance.

Popek’s wife, Emily Popek, is the assistant editor of The Daily Star.

BERA DUNAU is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at