Community Update Category: Restaurant
Every business in Buffalo has been affected by the Corovavirus Pandemic but not every business has been hit as hard as the restaurant and bar industry.
Rec Room, a relatively new local live music venue and event space located at 79 W. Chippewa was just starting to gain momentum when the Coronavirus outbreak happened forcing them to shut their doors down indefinitely.
Since opening in the fall of 2018, Rec Room has worn many hats. They have done everything from Wedding Receptions to Corporate Christmas Parties to fundraisers all while hosting over 100+ concerts including shows with Andy Grammar, The Glorious Sons, and Yungblood. In addition to all of that Rec Room went on to develop the popular Friday Night Live Band Karaoke series, a weekly Saturday night Club night and most recently they became the place to be every Sunday to watch the Bills play on their massive 8’x10’ LED Video walls.
2020 was looking to be better then ever and then the coronavirus hit.
After being shuttered for month’s owners Chris Ring and Dale Segal had to reevaluate their business model. Chris Ring says “Our whole business model was based on social interaction, be it for concerts, a club night or private parties. Now that social interaction is frowned upon and social distancing is the new norm, we had to go back to the drawing board to come up with a concept that wouldn’t just be successful financially, but one that our staff would be excited to come back to work for. That’s where Partner Dale Segal’s restaurant and travel experience kicked in. “I’ve worked in some form of food service my whole entire life and have traveled all over the world where I’ve experienced some pretty cool, unique food service programs. What I really wanted to do was create was a food focused business that incorporated all the cool things Rec Room was knows for – our live music, our massive video screens, just the overall fun environment I think we have created over the past year and put all that into a night out, a dining experience that’s was new and exciting to Buffalo.”
Enter Rec Room 2.0, a restaurant concept that treats each time they’re open like a special event by incorporating interactive visuals, mobile musicians, and great food. To accomplish this new idea they knew their staff had to be on board with the new concept. Segal says “While we offered food before, we were by no means a full on restaurant, so it was important to us that our staff was willing to adapt and be supportive of the change.” Partner Chris Ring went on to say “We wanted to slowly integrate our staff coming back to work where they would be comfortable working within the current environment, working within the social distancing guidelines and be comfortable wearing PPE. To do so we had to walk before we ran so we came up with a small Asian take out/dine in food service menu that gave our staff a little time to get used to the new norm.”
After a couple weeks of training bartenders to become servers and giving them time to familiarize themselves with the menu, Rec Room launched their weekly Saturday night Supper Club series. The Supper Club events are reminiscent of something you might have seen in a big city. The whole series is based around the sense of smell, taste, hearing and sight by including amazing visuals, live musicians, great food and table side, freshly made craft cocktails. Each patron receives a 4 course meal accompanied by entertainment that was carefully crafted to compliment each meal for just $50. Whether it’s the live drummer coming out to entertain you between courses or the table side intermezzo made in real time, its an experience that you wont forget. So far the reception for the series has been amazing with each of first 3 weeks selling out, including over 60 diners per evening.
In addition to their Friday Night Dinner + Drinks business and the Saturday Night Supper Clubs, Rec Room also just launched a “Sunday Funday Brunchday” series based around their new street-side patio which just opened up as part of the Mayors Re-Open Buffalo plan that recently shut Chippewa Street down to automobile traffic for the rest of Summer so businesses can expand patios into the street. The brunch menu has something for everyone, whether your Gluten Free, Vegan or a Meat Eater they got you covered. Each Sunday Brunch also encompasses all things Rec Room is known for –their live music, great visuals and amazing food. We invite you and yours to come down and try out one of their food focused events. We promise you wont be disappointed.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner + Drinks: Reservations recommended
Patio Hours: 5pm – 11pm / Indoor Hours: 5pm – close
Patio: 5pm – 11pm: Reservations recommended
Indoor: Supper Club 7pm – 10pm: Presale Ticket required
10pm – close Late Night Bites w. DJ Biacco: Reservations recommended
Indoor + Patio: 12pm – 5pm: Reservations recommended
Check out our food menus and upcoming events online at RecRoomBuffalo.com
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