Recent Restaurant Openings

Food & Drink, Food & Drink News


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on August 5, 2014
The Public House of Buffalo

The Public House of Buffalo

July 2014 Openings

Our mission here is to construct a monthly list of restaurants, food trucks, pubs and breweries 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: A restaurant recently opened only to be shut down hours later thanks to some government red tape, eventually reopening for good later that week. Therefore, we still recommend you call ahead to be sure you’ll find an open restaurant upon your arrival. Good Luck! Let us know if we missed a July opening @

Buffalo Public House

The Public House of Buffalo

Neighborhood: Hertel in North Buffalo

1206 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216 (formerly Canvas @ 1206) | (716) 551-6208

Opened: Fourth week in July

Self described as “a modern pub with a nod towards the past,” this Public House on Hertel is home to something in the vicinity of 60 different types of beer! Can you say wow factor? Their menu to start is short & sweet with a small variety of soups, salads, somewhat traditional appetizers and a few sandwiches.



189 Public House

189 Public House

Neighborhood: Main Street East Aurora

189 Main Street, East Aurora NY 14052 | (716) 652-8189

Opened: Fourth week in July

This two story music venue next to Bar-Bill (and by the same owner) will also serve as a microbrewery and whiskey bar with an American tavern feel. Did we mention it’s beautiful inside?

On their menu you’ll find a Giant Meatball Sandwich, a Pork Belly Po’ Boy, Short Ribs, Shrimp & Grits, German Potato Salad, Moules Frites (Mussels in curry sauce with fries) and deviled eggs, plus tons more southern-inspired goodness. Look out for upcoming musical acts here and there as they get going.




Meadow Cafe

The Meadow Cafe

Neighborhood: North End of Delaware Park

Nottingham & Meadow Drive, Delaware Park Buffalo, NY 

Opened: Fourth week in July

This outdoor sandwich and juice bar is sort of a snack shack for Delaware Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. The project is a collaboration of efforts by Mark Goldman (Black Rock Kitchen & Bar, Allen Street Hardware Cafe), Angelo Ashker (Ashker’s), Steve Halpern, Dan McCormick (Santora’s Pizza) and architect Charlie Gordon. From what we can tell, it’s the perfect place to stop by while on a stroll in the park or to fuel up before a bike ride.




Philly Flattop

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Philly Flattop

Neighborhood: Comes from Elma

Food Truck – It moves

Opened: Last week in July

Blue Lantern Lounge’s second attempt at a food truck is Philly Cheesesteak themed. (YES!) Their starting menu boasts four variations of cheesesteaks, a pork roll, poutine, and soft pretzels.




Louisiana Cookery

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The Louisiana Cookery

Neighborhood: Comes from Cheektowaga

Food Truck – It moves

Opened: Last week in July 2014

They’ve deemed themselves the “BEST Cajun food in Buffalo” and present a craw daddy as their mascot. So naturally, we’re intrigued. It seems Buffalo has seen a huge upswing in Southern cuisine this July, and we’re not complaining. As far as I’ve seen, this food “truck” offers up Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffeé, Red Beans & Rice, a pulled pork sammy and some smaller side options.



Eden Ale House

Eden Ale House

Neighborhood: Eden

8557 N Main St, Eden, NY | (716) 992-4300

Opened: Fourth week in July

Yes, we reported this opening some time back in spring, which is one of the main reasons we decided that predicting exactly when a restaurant would open is for the birds. Today we can officially say that Eden Ale House is in fact open for business in the old O’Brien’s location, ready to take on the under served population of Eden. Their sister restaurant, Ebenezer Ale House in West Seneca boasts one of the best happy hours in town, so that’s something to look forward to.





Scharf’s German Restaurant

Neighborhood: West Seneca

2683 Clinton St, West Seneca, NY | (716) 895-7249

Re-opened: Fourth week in July

“For customers who have patiently waited months for their favorite German cuisine to have a comeback in Western New York, the wait is finally over.

Scharf’s German Restaurant and Bar re-opened at their new location on Clinton Street in West Seneca on Wednesday. Formally located at Crossman Street in Buffalo, the owner of Scharf’s, Jerry Scharf, decided to move due to a poor reputation of the area the business was located. And let it be known, quality food and service was never the issue.”




Garden Park Cafe

Neighborhood: Cheektowaga

3525 Genesee St, Cheektowaga, NY | (716) 603-4874

Opened: July

This cafe in Cheektowaga claims that most of their menu items cost under $10, including their Monster Haddock Fish Fry. After perusing their website, not much is clear other than the fact that their menu offers sandwiches, burgers, wings and fingers, and five different entrees.


Let us know if we missed a July opening @


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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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