11 Restaurant Openings and Closings You Should Know About

Food & Drink, Food & Drink News


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on September 3, 2015
D'Avolio Kitchen, Step Out Buffalo

D’Avolio Kitchen / Step Out Buffalo

August Food & Drink Happenings

Our mission: Construct a monthly list of new openings- restaurants, food trucks, cafes, pubs and breweries, etc. from the previous month. Instead of undertaking the nearly impossible task of predicting which restaurants will actually open in the upcoming month, we decided this strategy would be more valuable for everyone involved. With bureaucrats, bankers and bean counters, unpredictable weather and contractors involved, it’s hard to say when a restaurant is opening until it is already in fact open.

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D'Avolio Kitchen Sandwich

D’Avolio Kitchen Sandwich / Step Out Buffalo

D’Avolio Kitchen

Neighborhood: Business District, Downtown

535 Main Street, Buffalo, New York

Part lunch bistro, part olive oil and vinegar tasting room, part retail shop, D’Avolio opened their second Kitchen location near the corner of Main Street and E. Huron in August. And there’s nothing we don’t love about it (double neg?). The menu is simple yet complex with a build-your-own concept available in the form of sandwiches on housemade bread, pizzas, salads and anitpasto. While you’re waiting for your lunch head to the wall of olive oils to sample all they have to offer from Wild Dill to Green Chile.

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The Jake, Step Out Buffalo

The Jake / Photo from The Jake’s Facebook

The Jake

Neighborhood: Kenmore, North Buffalo

3020 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, New York

While they haven’t begun serving food or taking credit cards yet, The Jake (by former owners of Papa Jakes which is now closed) is open and ready for bar business in the former Malone’s space. The place looks great. I can already tell I’m going to like it there.

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Water Lily Cafe, Step Out Buffalo

Water Lily Cafe / Photo by G. McLauglin

Water Lily Cafe

Neighborhood: Bowmansville, Cheektowaga/East

5354 Genesee St., Bowmansville, New York

What started as Buffalo’s first Thai food truck has blossomed into a food truck and brick and mortar duo. The owners of Thai Me Up food truck have expanded their operation to Water Lily Cafe just a ten minute drive from the Buffalo Airport. The space seems calm and casual. We haven’t visited yet, but if you want a sneak peak of their food, check out their Facebook.

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World of Beer, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

World of Beer / Photo from World of Beer’s Facebook

World of Beer

Neighborhood: Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga/East

1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, New York

With over 550 beers ready and waiting, World of Beer at the Walden Galleria Mall is a must hit for beer lovers of any and all kind. Expect 50 (or so) on tap, locals included and what sounds like a tasty food menu. Our favorite part – they suggest a beer pairing for every (yes every) dish on the menu.

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Panorama on 7

Neighborhood: Canalside, Downtown

95 Main St, Buffalo, New York

A recent article in Buffalo Rising has got us all kinds of excited for the new restaurant (mostly the views) at the recently debuted Marriott Buffalo inside the HARBORCENTER. There hasn’t been much said about it from HARBORCENTER, but from what we can tell the service, food ,and especially the views are fantastic. They are serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the restaurant is open to the public, casual dress. File this under “good to know”.

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Risa’s Restaurant

Neighborhood: Williamsville, Northtowns

714 Maple Road, Williamsville, New York 

Risa’s has opened their second location in the former Reuben’s Deli in Williamsville (the first is on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). According to their website, both locations specialize in homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

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Grindhaus Cafe

Neighborhood: Allentown, Downtown

160 Allen St, Buffalo, New York

It’s true, we’re human and must have missed the opening of Grindhaus a while back (sometime in June or something) when they opened their doors selling beverages only. In the past month however, it seems they’ve been adjusting their operation, finally added a food menu and some regular hours and now serves a 100% vegetarian and vegan menu, pour-over coffee and “full leaf teas”.

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JJ’s Casa di Pizza

Neighborhood: Business District, Downtown

11 E Mohawk St, Buffalo, New York

Now open in their Mohawk location (see shuttered Elmwood Ave location news below), JJ’s Casa di Pizza is open early for coffee and breakfast pizza, lunch and dinner in a full dining room with patio seating. And of course, there’s always take-out. I have to say, the new place looks pretty spiffy.

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David’s -> OP Social

Neighborhood: Orchard Park, Southtowns

4247 North Buffalo Rd, Orchard Park, New York

According to their Facebook page that is now named OP Social Tap and Grille, David’s closed August 1 for a remodel and will be reopening under the new name and concept sometime soon.

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Casa di Pizza

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village, Downtown

477 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, New York

The Elmwood Avenue Casa di Pizza location has officially closed their doors as of August 2015 and shifted all gears towards their Mohawk Street location in the Business District.

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Globe Market Cafe

Neighborhood: Business District, Downtown

298 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

According to their Facebook page, The Globe Market has closed their Main Street location due to construction in the building. Their Elmwood and Hertel locations remain up and running.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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