As Reported in The Sun by Francesca Bond…
Celebrated chef plans varied dining campus for Hamburg restaurant
|Sun+ exclusive: Oliver’s executive chef Ross Warhol has big dreams for the former landscaping business he just purchased on Gowanda State Road. And while he knows it can’t be perfect, that’s not going to stop him from trying.
Warhol envisions several different food-and-drink concepts to operate simultaneously on the property. He wants patrons to stop by to drink cheap beers and eat Texas-style barbeque food outside (“at Ross’s place”); eat tapas, which are small snacks inspired by Spain’s popular tapas bar, at an indoor craft cocktail bar; have dinner inside with an a la carte menu; and find an exclusive dining experience in a 12-course meal served at a six-person bar facing the kitchen in which Warhol can truly use his skills.
Ever since Warhol was a teenager at Hamburg High School, he has been telling his friends and family about his dream to open a restaurant and live in its upstairs. After years of culinary schooling and more years spent working (oftentimes for free) in some of the world’s best kitchens in Europe while surviving on the money he saved from his paper route and dishwashing jobs, Warhol is closer than ever to achieving his dream.
He also plans to grow many of his own ingredients on-site and use the existing greenhouse for small events.
He hopes to hold several pop-up events on-site later this summer and in the fall. This year, he hopes to renovate his living space upstairs in the building, while he imagines it will take a couple of years to construct the additions and complete the renovations he’s envisioning. He hopes to be open in 2023.