LINE UP — Rayzor’s visitors crammed the dining room while workers furiously flipped reduced-price burgers and dogs, at the grill at the grand opening on Aug. 30. Photos by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — Rayzor’s Dawg House held its official grand opening and customer appreciation event on Aug. 30. The Springville restaurant that has been open since June 30, invited Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret, the Sabretooth mascot, Sabres alumni, Patrick Kaleta and many more special guests back to enjoy an evening with Rayzor’s customers.
Cars lined up down South Cascade Drive and filled in the parking lots at Tim Hortons and Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza to get a chance to see some historic figures in Buffalo Sabres history. Hundreds of people made it out to Rayzor’s Dawg House for the special event. Former Buffalo Sabres right-winger and owner Rob Ray said that the turnout was great.
Patrick Kaleta signs a young fan\\\\\\\'s shirt.
“It’s awesome. To have a turnout like this is terrific,” said Ray. “Today is all about giving back to our customers. They’ve given us great support and now we’re giving them a special day to enjoy with their friends and family,” he added.
Many Sabres alumni showed up for the event, including Danny Gare, Andrew Peters and Mike Boland. Current Buffalo Sabres right-winger Kaleta also made an appearance, along with the Sabres mascot, Sabretooth.
Sabres play-by-play man Jeanneret was also a guest for the day of festivities. He said that he enjoys taking part in events that involve the fans and that he’s excited about continuing to call the Sabres games for the next three years. “I really enjoy events like this. Whenever you get a chance to interact with the fans, its special,” said Jeanneret.
“Rob and Mark have done a wonderful job with this place and I’m glad to be a part of it, today. I’m also very excited to be staying on with the Sabres, for the next three years. I will be scaling back a little as far as how many games I do, but this is a wonderful way to be afforded the opportunity to ease my way into retirement. I still have three more years to go. I’m really looking forward to calling games, this upcoming season.”
Owners Rob Ray and Mark Mohr
Attendees of the event had the chance to have memorabilia signed by any of the guests. They also had the chance to take photos with the guests, or interact with them, over reduced-price hot dogs and burgers. There were also raffles for Sabres memorabilia, which included autographed Sabres jerseys and sticks.
Kaleta signed autographs and took pictures with fans, he said that it’s important to him, to stay involved with fans. “It feels great to give back,” said Kaleta. “It’s great to get out and see fans, the support is always amazing. I look forward to events where I can talk to fans and see Sabres alumni members.”
Ray’s business partner, Mark Mohr, said that he was very pleased with how the event turned out and knows that Rayzor’s has came a long way, since they opened nearly two months ago. “The support that we’ve received is overwhelming and our customers have been great to us,” he said.
Rob Ray, Justin Lanphere and Mark Mohr
“We wanted to show our customers that we appreciate the support they’ve given us, up to this point. When Rob and I first stood in this lot, it didn’t look like much, besides a run down deli building. It’s pretty amazing to have seen how far we’ve come, over these past couple months. So far, everything has went great, we’re excited about where we’re headed.”
The day also included a hot dog and ice cream eating contest. Shane Hausauer was the winner of the ice cream-eating contest. Justin Lanphere won the hot dog-eating contest by finishing five hot dogs in three minutes. Both winners received an autographed Sabres hockey stick and had their pictures taken with Ray.
The restaurant is located at 405 South Cascade Dr. in Springville. Rayzor’s is open from 11 a.m to 9 p.m., every day. For more information, call 592-2341 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Rayzors-Dawg-House/.