Ray told the Springville Journal he and business partner Mark Mohr are set to open a hot dog stand in Springville that will incorporate the Rayzor's nickname. They've acquired a former gas station and are working on renovating it inside and out over the winter.
Ray lives in the more populous Buffalo suburb of Amherst, but he chose Springville – population 4,596 – but said a combination of cost and atmosphere led them to creating a small-town eatery on South Cascade Drive:
"We were kind of looking at everything. We’re always trying to bust our brain on something that would be successful and work as a business. We do a lot of hunting and fishing and see a lot of different places along the way, and different things catch your eye. It always came back to this."
Ray said the business will serve char-broiled hot dogs and custard and will sport a Sabres theme, as it sports a blue and gold color scheme. It should open by spring.
And why hot dogs?
"No matter how much people promote health, everybody reverts to the hot dog," Ray told the Buffalo News. "It's just a food that everybody can't get enough of."
Ray played for the Sabres from 1989-2003, serving as assistant captain. He owned a night club called Rayzor's on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo during his playing days. He has been part of the team's broadcast team for several years and will become the main color commentator in 2012-13.
Springville is south of Buffalo, on the southern border of Erie County.
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