Mumbo Sauce from Buffalo, nY

“anyone can do wings but if you don’t have the mumbo sauce, you ain’t got anything”

- John Young

The Original Chicken Wing Sauce That Started It All

John Young was Buffalo's first chicken wing restauranteur, opening Wings N' Things in 1961 on Jefferson Avenue. He would go on to open several soul food establishments throughout Buffalo and beyond – but is best remembered for his trademark mumbo sauce.

Young was born in Stockton, Alabama, in 1934, and moved to Buffalo, with his wife Elizabeth Christine, and his three children. Beyond his business ventures, Young was involved in the East Side community, founding a youth program and a soul food processing plant.

In 2023 Lina, John's daughter, cofounded John Young's Original to keep her dad's memory alive. Discover more about our story on our About page.

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"Lip Smacking & Liver Quivering Down To Your Toes"

- Council Member James Pitts

Mumbo Wings N' Things Pop-Up Events

Find Lina Brown-Young at events in and around Buffalo. Click the button below to get the scoop on the latest events.

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John Young Mural

In 2021, Buffalo Bike Tours, in conjunction with the Young Family and Michigan Street Corridor, launched a fundraising effort to recreate a mural honoring John Young at Jefferson and Carlton, at the site of his first restaurant.

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Wing Ride: The Hidden History of Chicken wings Tour

Experience the true story of how an American food icon came to be. Check out Buffalo's original wing tour and book your ride – with guest chef Lina Brown Young.

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