African American Heritage Corridor, and Young Family Team Up to Honor Buffalo’s Original King of Wings!
pictured above:Daughter of Wing King Lina Brown Young holds t-shirt that is for purchase to help raise money for a mural honoring her father the original wing king John Young
The Young Family, Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor, and Buffalo Bike Tours are seeking community support to create a mural to honor the memory of the late John Young,( 1935-1998) owner of Wings N’ Things that opened in 1961 and hailed as Buffalo’s first chicken wing restaurant by locals and celebrities like Rick James and others.
Lina Brown Young carries on the legacy in her father’s memory by preparing his original Mumbo Wing recipe just as he did in the 1960s. Using a commercial kitchen at the Broadway Market, she makes mumbo wings exclusively for Buffalo Bike Tours’ Wing Ride where she even shares a little Mumbo Wing history during each tour.
Young’s “lip smaking” Mumbo wings were the original Buffalo wing that started it all, predating the Anchor Bar by several years. In 1970, Young closed his business shortly after race riots, and moved to Decatur, IL. Upon returning to Buffalo, he discovered he had been largely omitted from official city narratives, noting, “It hurts me so bad that other people take the credit.”
Donations are Needed
In effort to raise funds that will enable the family to tell his story through the new mural that will be located at the site of his former restaurant on Jefferson Avenue (on the exterior of the Carl Jeff Barber Shop located at 864 Jefferson), a GoFundMeCampaign has been established where supporters of this well deserved acknowledgement can help at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mumbowasfirst.
The design of the mural will take inspiration from a mural that once stood in John Young’s restaurant painted by the late Bill Cooper and Dalton Easton.
Supporters of the project can also help by ordering one of the signature Wing King t-shirts featuring an illustration of John Young by New York Times illustrator Koren Shadmi.
With funding from the GoFundMe drive, the group will reclaim John Young’s rightful place in Buffalo history. All funds will be used to commission a remembrance to Buffalo’s pioneering Chicken Wing King. At the time of this article the group had currently raised $1,350 of their $5,000 goal.
Remember to make your donation at : https://www.gofundme.com/f/mumbowasfirst and for the wing king T-shirt more info on future pop ups and wing bike tours go to buffalobiketours.com/mumbo
Project is sponsored by Buffalo Bike Tours & The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. Artist to be announced.
In 2020 news reporter Madison Carter formerly of 7 eyewitness news did a feature on the Young story as his family spoke out about him being the original King of Wings who unfortunately did not patent his sauce see below