16 Restaurants That Closed This Year 2019

City Guide, Food & Drink, Food & Drink Guides


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on October 23, 2019
Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant

Photo from Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant

Sadly, this past couple months has been a popular time for restaurant closings in WNY. We hate to see it in general, but especially when you have to say goodbye to a gem. RIP, restaurant friends. You will be missed.


1. Ru’s Pierogi

Was located at: 295 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Word on the street: The Ru’s Pierogi restaurant and food truck have closed. The brand remains alive and available at local grocery stores, etc.

Ru’s Pierogi posted to Twitter saying, “The official word: After almost 3 years, we have made the difficult decision to close our restaurant so we can focus on the wholesale/retail part of Ru’s. Our last day serving will be on 10/18. We ultimately feel this is the best way to ensure the longevity of the brand.Because we’ll no longer focus on the day-to-day operations of running a restaurant, we can focus more on R & D, bringing to market faster some of the options our customers have asked for, such as varieties w/all plant-based ingredients, & expanding to markets outside WNY.”


2. Rowhouse

Was located at: 483 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Word on the street: Rowhouse posted to their Instagram on Oct. 14: “Doing what we do best: Over the past two years, we’ve been honored to host hundreds of special events, and our space has served as a venue for everything from vows and first dances, to auctions, fundraisers and formal galas. Today we are focusing our future on serving these special event clients and guests! What does that mean? @rowhousebuffalo is open to the public for Tuesday’s @buffaloopencoffeeclub, and exclusively for special events. Looking for a venue to host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, shower, corporate party, holiday gala, birthday blowout or fundraiser or some other special day? Come tour our one of a kind space and contact or DM us for more information. As always, we look forward to hosting you.”


3. Cecelia’s

Was located at: 716 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Word on the street: Cecelia’s posted on Instagram on Sept. 20: “After 18 years of serving the Elmwood Village, Cecelia’s Ristorante is SAYING GOODBYE!
Thank you for letting us serve you! We will be closing after Sunday Brunch so come join us for some of Buffalo’s best Italian food and to show our appreciation we will be offering our entire drink list at discounted prices ALL WEEKEND! Stop by to say goodbye and and enjoy one for old time’s sake. Thank you Buffalo for 18 strong years!”


4. Seabar

Was located at: 475 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Word on the street: They filed chapter 11 bankruptcy in march and their official last day was August 17, 2019. Seabar posted to Facebook, “Thank you to the many, many friends we have met, and thank you for making Seabar part of you memories and lives here in Buffalo. We can only express our appreciation for all the support over the years and the great memories of our own.”


5. Buffalo Station House

Was located at: 445 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14202

Word on the street: On August 28, Buffalo Station House posted to Facebook, “It is with much regret that I need to inform everyone that The Station is currently closed. In my vision to create a place where first responders can be recognized and appreciated, I got in over my head financially and emotionally. The difficult summer months combined with the extremely minimal budget remaining after opening, combined to create an insurmountable debt I could personally not erase. I appreciate and apologize to everyone who helped to make The Station House what it is. I apologize to everyone who doesn’t have a job to come to but ensure I am working hard to remedy the situation and will provide for them in its absense. Personally I am devastated. My hope was to continue to not only operate, but to continue to give back to our community and to our brave first responders. I absolutely love what we have created and know that it is the right concept, at the right time, in the absolute best city for it. I am working tirelessly to reopen in a timely fashion and my hope is we will come back stronger than ever. Thank you for all the wonderful love and support.”


6. Conlon’s

Was located at: 382 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220

Word on the street: Conlon’s is up for sale. Word from a close friend of the owners is that they just want to do catering from here on out.


7. Buffalo Proper

Was located at: 333 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Word on the street: Buffalo Proper is officially closed.


8. Scharf’s

Was located at: 2683 Clinton St, West Seneca, NY 14224

Word on the street: Sharf’s posted to Facebook on June 25, “Most of you know of our history: Born in 1967, saved in 2012 and reborn in 2014. Hard to believe it has been 5 years since we made the move from Schiller Park. With that came many costs. A year ago, we went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, hoping that the protection from creditors would help us find profitability again or at least a chance to break even. Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts, we were unable to find that.”

“While we have every confidence in our product, we have sadly decided that Saturday, June 29th will be our last day. The Scharf Family and Staff would like to thank you for your many years of support and friendship. It is all of you that we will truly miss.”


9. Yoshi

Was located at: 33 Elm St, East Aurora, NY 14052

Word on the street: Yoshi posted to Instagram on Oct. 8, “YOSHI SUSHI BAR & EATERY IS CLOSING! And we’re going to miss you, because we LOVE serving you! … Yoshi is considering relocation and may “hit the reset button“. Chef Jennifer Marabella should be praised for her accomplishments. We have the best Chef, best food in East Aurora! Mission accomplished, Jennifer!” Their last day of service was Oct. 19, 2019


10. Novel

Was located at: 7170 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221

Word on the street: Novel posted to Facebook, “It comes with great sadness that NOVEL Restaurant will be permanently closing down at the end of this week. Sunday September 22nd will be our last day of business. We can’t express how much we appreciate all of your love and support over the years. We could not have made it this far without all of you. Thank you so much to everyone.”


11. House of Hummus

Was located at: 502 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222, 1150 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

Word on the street: House of Hummus posted on Sept. 11, 2019, “House Of Hummus is now closed, indefinitely. We want to thank everyone who has supported us along this journey. Your loyalty and patronage is irreplaceable! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We wish everyone the best and much success”


12. Gigi’s

Was located at: 257 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, New York 14208

Word on the street: Closed in early 2019 just after re-opening.


13. Yey’s

Was located at: 3225 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

Word on the street: Closed abruptly Summer of 2019


14. Aroma on North French

Was located at: 4840 N French Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051

Word on the street: On May 27, 2019 they posted on Facebook, “To all our amazing customers, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of aroma north French. It has been a pleasure to welcome you into our doors. If anyone has a gift card they will be valid at @aromaonbryant @caffearoma and @aromaonmain thank you for 5 great years.”


15. merge

Was located at: 439 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Word on the street: Merge posted to Facebook on Jan 8., 2019, We are changing directions. Merge is going on winter break for the month of January. In February and March, I will be hosting a number of events, while offering catering, but merge will no longer operate as a full scale restaurant, for the time being. For more information, visit us at And, thank you for understanding.”


16. Akron Ale House

Was located at: 15 Main St, Akron, NY 14001

Word on the street: Closed in early 2019

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