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Marcato Comments On Buffalo Wild Wings' Latest "Peer Group" Comparison

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Marcato Capital Management LP ("Marcato"), a San Francisco-based investment manager which manages funds that beneficially own approximately 6.1% of the outstanding common shares of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (BWLD) ("Buffalo Wild Wings" or the "Company"), today commented on Buffalo Wild Wings' latest attempt to mask its underperformance by once again changing its relative peer group as compared to its proxy peers.

Mick McGuire, Managing Partner of Marcato, said, "The peer group Buffalo Wild Wings management used today is the third different one presented by the Company in recent months. This desperate manipulation of the facts cannot mask Buffalo Wild Wings' persistent underperformance and clear lack of any strategic plan to create long-term shareholder value. Electing Marcato's nominees will put an end to this deceitful behavior and provide the necessary financial expertise and business savvy to drive a turnaround."

BWLD HAS CHERRY-PICKED ITS PEER GROUPS IN DIFFERENT INVESTOR COMMUNICATIONS


Definitive Proxy
(4/21/17)

Analyst Day (8/16/16)

S&P 600 Restaurants
(as of 4/21/17)

4/21/17 Letter

5/4/17 Press Release

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1 Companies listed in the top section of the chart include all peer companies selected by the Compensation Committee of the BWLD Board ("Proxy Peers") and represent "a group of restaurant and retail companies whose operations and size are similar to ours," as disclosed in the section titled "Peer Group" in BWLD's Definitive Proxy filed 4/21/17.  Companies listed in the below section of the chart were hand selected by BWLD as peers for the purposes of determining relative Total Shareholder Return.  These so-called "peers" were not included in the Proxy Peer group, indicating a willful attempt to mislead investors by changing the composition of businesses that the Board believes to be representative peers to the Company.

 

Marcato encourages all BWLD shareholders to visit www.WinningAtWildWings.com to review information about Marcato's investment in Buffalo Wild Wings.

Your Vote Is Important, No Matter How Many or How Few Shares You Own!

Please vote today by telephone, via the Internet or
by signing, dating and returning the enclosed WHITE proxy card.
Simply follow the easy instructions on the WHITE proxy card.

If you have questions about how to vote your shares, please contact:

INNISFREE M&A INCORPORATED
Shareholders May Call Toll-free: (888) 750-5834
Banks and Brokers May Call Collect: (212) 750-5833

REMEMBER:
Please simply discard any Yellow proxy card that you may receive from Buffalo Wild Wings. Returning a Yellow proxy card – even if you "withhold" on the Company's nominees – will revoke any vote you had previously submitted on Marcato's
WHITE proxy card.

CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE PARTICIPANTS
Marcato International Master Fund Ltd. ("Marcato International"), together with the other participants in Marcato International's proxy solicitation, have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a definitive proxy statement and accompanying WHITE proxy card to be used to solicit proxies in connection with the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders (the "Annual Meeting") of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (the "Company"). Shareholders are advised to read the proxy statement and any other documents related to the solicitation of shareholders of the Company in connection with the Annual Meeting because they contain important information, including information relating to the participants in Marcato International's proxy solicitation. These materials and other materials filed by Marcato International with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies are available at no charge on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. The definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents filed by Marcato International with the SEC are also available, without charge, by directing a request to Marcato International's proxy solicitor, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, toll-free at (888) 750-5834 (banks and brokers may call collect at (212) 750-5833).

The participants in the proxy solicitation are Marcato International, Marcato Capital Management LP, Marcato Special Opportunities Master Fund LP ("Marcato Special Opportunities Fund"), Emil Lee Sanders, Richard T. McGuire III, Sam Rovit and Scott O. Bergren (collectively, the "Participants").

As of the date hereof, Marcato International directly owns 950,000 shares of common stock, no par value, of the Company (the "Common Stock"), representing approximately 5.9% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund directly owns 32,600 shares of Common Stock, representing approximately 0.2% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock.

In addition, Marcato Capital Management LP, as the investment manager of Marcato International and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund, may be deemed to have the shared power to vote or direct the vote of (and the shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of) the shares of Common Stock held by Marcato and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund, therefore, may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of such shares. By virtue of Mr. McGuire's position as the managing partner of Marcato Capital Management LP, Mr. McGuire may be deemed to have the shared power to vote or direct the vote of (and the shared power to dispose or direct the disposition of) the shares of Common Stock held by Marcato International and Marcato Special Opportunities Fund and, therefore, Mr. McGuire may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of such shares.

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