January / February / March Restaurant News
You’ve probably been wondering, “What’s been going on in the restaurant scene lately?” The answer is simple. Not much from the end customer stand point. Sure, plenty of restaurants slated to open early this year are working hard to actually open early this year. This two months worth of news since we last reported on December is like a drop in the bucket compared to what we saw late last year – just to warn you.
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.
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 [email protected] if we missed any December openings/closings.
Romeo and Juliet’s Bakery & Caffe
4572 Clark St, Hamburg NY 14075 / (716) 646-4644
Romeo & Juliet’s opened their fourth location at the corner of Clark and McKinley in January. In the spot that once house Giacobbi’s and a few others, R&J will serve lunch and dinner 5 days a week.
The Mess Hall
717 Ridge Road, Lackawanna NY / (716) 827-1134
The small restaurant and bar on Ridge Road features a front garage-style window, a cozy butcher block bar towards the back and a menu along similar lines as Brick Oven Bistro’s. Although the hours on their Facebook page don’t all match up, last we talked to them and these were their hours: Breakfast 9am – 11:30am Tuesday – Saturday and brunch from 11:30 – 2:30pm on Sunday, Lunch 11:30 – 2:30 Tuesday – Saturday and Dinner is from 4pm – 8pm Tuesday – Thursday and 9pm on the weekends. Or something like that. Call ahead. Seriously.
1900 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214 / (716) 835-6637
Mighty Moe’s, a fast food joint, opened on Hertel in January. They serve wraps, subs, burgers, some interesting looking sides and 10 kinds of poutine. They’re open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
4914 Lake Shore Rd, Hamburg, New York 14075
The waterfront restaurant closed in early January and was quickly sold to the owners of Public House of Buffalo who hope to reopen it soon.
205 Central Ave., Lancaster NY 14086 / (716) 683-0462
The owners of Medici House and Theas in East Aurora have opened a third restaurant in the former Firedside Inn space. It’s a combination of best hits from John and Laurie’s other restaurants, offering a smattering of dishes from Medici House and the Ethiopian Berbere wings from Theas.
1 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, New York 14225 / (716) 681-3697
Western New York’s first fry cafe opened in the Galleria Mall mid February, offering 12 different specialty fry combinations and a “build-your-own” option with 4 different types of fries as the base. Early reviews we’ve heard are a mixed bag. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Neighborhood: East Aurora
227 Main Street, East Aurora, New York 14052
Sadly, Towne Bistro on the corner of Main and South Willow in EA closed for good at the end of February. I loved their hummus.
Public espresso + coffee at The Lafayette
391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / (716) 341-2150
We were planning on sticking to food and drink news from January and February, but couldn’t wait another month to bring Public’s new espresso bar to your attention (again). Not only is their opening huge for the coffee movement in Buffalo and espresso drinkers far and wide, it’s brining the Hotel Lafayette lobby to life. Drop by for a pour over, shot of espresso, flight of three or a BreadHive bagel. You won’t be disappointed.