HandleBar, a restaurant offering rustic fare and craft beer in a bicycle-centric atmosphere, is planned for The HUB development on Swan Street.
The building itâ€™s in will hold a mix of apartments and bicycle-friendly retail. That includes a 35-seat restaurant with a full bar on the first floor, at 149 Swan St. Itâ€™ll be run by Sarah Schneider, an owner of Merge, and Evan Thompson, a Buffalo teacher.
The plan is to have the doors open by the end of July, with an official opening in August, Schneider said. There will be lunch and dinner, a selection of smoothies, craft beer and cocktails. The menu wonâ€™t be all vegan, but â€śdefinitely has a very rooted feel to it,â€ť she said.
Honeyâ€™s, a homegrown family restaurant with a broad menu of wings, pastas, burgers and more, has taken over the former Fuddruckers location at 4300 Maple Road, Amherst.
Owner Larry Pacifico said heâ€™s planning a June opening for the 260-seat space. Heâ€™s working on adding a patio that could hold another 100, and a fire pit, hopefully by August. The new location will include a 60-seat banquet room with its own bar, he said.
Honeyâ€™s started 40 years ago on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls before moving to Niagara Falls Boulevard near the factory outlet mall. A Boulevard Mall location was closed in December.
â€śA lot of people like the feel of a chain,â€ť Pacifico said. â€śWe kind of offer that, but weâ€™re still independent. Thatâ€™s one of our charms.â€ť
Open: Freddy Jâ€™s BBQ has opened a second location, at 402 Connecticut St. Fred Daniel, chef-owner, was fed up with turning people away for Sunday brunch at his 12-seat 195 Grant St. place. So he added a new location, serving breakfast and lunch Sunday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a 40-seat room. The plan is to get a liquor license on Connecticut Street and make that a dinner spot too, Daniel said. His Grant Street location remains open.
Open: A new Jamaican restaurant has taken over at 244 Niagara Falls Blvd., formerly Negril One Stop. Itâ€™s called Paradise Island (259-8440), and is serving jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, escovitch fish and more.Â (Hat tip to Michael Calleri.)
Moving: Greek to Me is getting ready to move from Delaware Avenue in Kenmore to Tonawandaâ€™s Sheridan-Eggert Plaza in July. Vince Karam said heâ€™s renovating the former Mighty Taco space, 2309 Eggert Road, to hold his 90-seat restaurant. Greek to Me opened at 3495 Delaware Ave. in 2008, anchored by a Greek-American diner menu. (Hat tip to Joseph Readl.)
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