August Restaurant Openings in WNY

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on September 3, 2014

August Restaurant Openings

August 2014 Openings

Our mission: Construct monthly list of restaurants, food trucks, cafes, pubs and breweries, etc. that have opened in 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.

Disclaimer: We recommend you call ahead to be sure you’ll find an open restaurant upon your arrival. Good Luck! Drop us a line at if we missed any August openings. 




Curried Chicken Gourmet Stuffed Potato @ HandleBar

HandleBar Pub

Neighborhood: Downtown Business District

149 Swan St, Buffalo, New York | (716) 259-9632

Opened: 8/11/14

The HandleBar might seem like a lonely, unattached outpost caught between revitalizing neighborhoods in downtown Buffalo, but it’s the perfect way-station for urban explorers, on bike or otherwise. Equipped with draft beer, gourmet stuffed potatoes, flatbread pizzas and a pedal powered phone charger, this gastropub is off-beat and ready to be explored itself.



Buffalo Proper

Buffalo Proper

Neighborhood: Downtown Business District

333 Franklin, Buffalo, New York | (716) 783-8699

Opened: 8/15/14

Thanks to their highly regarded chef and bartender, Buffalo Proper was one of the most anticipated openings of 2014. The restaurant was originally made to be named Blood and Sand, but after a run-in with a twin, the name Buffalo Proper was born. Expect high quality craft cocktails and delicious plates from Karel & Forster respectively.



Billy Bar Charcuterie Platter

Small Charcuterie plate @ Billybar – Chorizo, Sopressata, Finnocchiona, Pancetta, Prosciutto, Capicola, Pork Terrine and toasted bread slices


Neighborhood: Williamsville

5590 Main Street, Williamsville, New York | (716) 634-2572

Opened: Mid August

This new tapas style bar offers some of the finest charcuterie in town compliments of Tabree Chef Bruce Wieszala. You’ll also find different varieties of oysters depending on what’s available. In the tapas tradition of small plates, this spot is perfect for a light meal, a pre-dinner appetizer, or sharing with a group.



The Black Sheep


The Black Sheep

Neighborhood: West Side

367 Connecticut Street Buffalo, NY | (716) 884-1100

Opened: 8/21/14

Now open on Connecticut St. on Buffalo’s West Side just a hop, skip and a jump from the Horsefeathers Market, The Black Sheep is the work of Ellen and Steve Gedera. They closed Bistro Europa on Elmwood in March to get started on their new digs. There’s much on the menu to be excited about.



Oshun Oysters

Oshun Oysters


Neighborhood: Downtown Business District

5 E. Huron St., Buffalo, New York | (716) 848-4500

Opened: 8/25/14

This spacious art-deco seafood house in Downtown Buffalo is the work of Shango owner, Jim Guarino. The frequently changing, sea inspired menu will pull from Caribbean influences, North African influences, and Asian influences including Indian and Japanese.




Mineo & Sapio Street Eats

Mineo & Sapio Street Eats

Neighborhood: Comes from Mineo & Sapio

Food Truck – It moves

Opened: 8/25/14

Street Eats is a Sausage themed food truck coming from Mineo & Sapio. They’ve combined traditional Italian sausage menu items with interesting takes on other cuisines using Mineo & Sapio products to create a pretty cool menu.




Bourbon and Butter

Bourbon & Butter

Neighborhood: Downtown Business District

391 Washington St Buffalo, New York | (716) 253-6453

Opened: 8/25/14

Bourbon & Butter is the evolution of Mike A’s at The Lafayette. Gone is the super fine dining in a dark, formal room. You’ll find Bourbon & Butter in the space formerly used as the bar room for Mike A’s. Drop by in whatever you’re wearing for what promises to be the same high quality from the Mike A days at a lower price point and in a more cas atmosphere.





Arriba Tortilla

Arriba Tortilla New Location

Neighborhood: East Aurora

Re-opened: 8/6/14

Arriba Tortilla has finally made the move to their new location behind Taste. You’ll recognize the decorations and menu from their Main Street location. New are the long bar featured in the front, and patio in the back.



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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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