A 60-year veteran of the Buffalo restaurant scene tells his tale in “If You’re Going to Do it the Right Way, Do it the Milkie Way,” the debut book from author Kristy Mangel, and they’re having a party to celebrate!
Mike Milkie, current proprietor of Milkie’s, in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village neighborhood at the corner of Utica and Elmwood, has been in the biz since 1959 and is finally putting his stories down to paper. Writer and event producer Kristy Mangel worked with Milkie from 2014 to 2016, as co-producer of the Milkies Comedy Open Mic. She is currently the founder and editor of Qween City, a lifestyle & culture webzine focused on the stories of emerging women in Buffalo, NY.
This unlikely pairing has produced a 120-page profile piece of the unassuming restaurateur, coupled with dozens of photos from the subject’s personal collection, spanning the decades from the ‘60s to present day. Included is a chapter on the current era of Milkie’s, highlighting the city’s young art community that utilizes the venue for burlesque, spoken word, hip hop, comedy, the avant garde, and everything in between.
The book is 100% independently produced, and this first 100-copy run will be available exclusively at the release party Saturday, September 22, from 4-8 p.m. at Milkie’s, 522 Elmwood Ave. Milkie and Mangel invite the community to come out and celebrate the release, with drink specials and catered hors d’oeuvres. DJs Jason Reazon Redding and Pat Kewley of Sugar City will be on hand to spin vinyl from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and today. Milkie and Mangel would also like to invite anyone who’s worked at any of Milkie’s prior establishments to come by for an informal reunion!
This book project release coincides with the 60-year anniversary of Mike Milkie’s restaurant career in Buffalo, NY, and the public is invited to an afternoon of celebration and community.