Popular Niagara Falls newcomer The Griffon Pub is taking its act to Clarence, with a 100-tap gastropub planned for Transit Road.
Owners Ken Scibetta and Ed Webster plan to open at 5445 Transit Road, formerly The Woodshed, in mid-December. The restaurant got a boost this year with a mention in The New York Times' "52 Places to go in 2014."
The chance to double the beer selection from the 50 taps at its original Military Road location was irresistible, Scibetta said.
Can you have too many taps?
“I don’t think you can,” he said. “We would do more if we had more space,” he said.
“We like to have people come in and get out of their comfort zone a little bit and try some new stuff. There’s these breweries opening up across Buffalo and all over the U.S. You’re like a kid in a candy store.”
Clarence is step two in a planned seven-restaurant group, he said. The partners would like to open their third Griffon Pub in downtown Niagara Falls, on Third Street. That would be in spring 2015, and they’re currently working on the details, he said.
The Clarence space has room for about 80 seats, and another 16 at the bar, he said. Eventually there’ll be a beer garden, patio and firepit outside, he said.
About 20 percent of the upgraded pub grub menu would stay. The rest would be different, Scibetta said, “new, fun, creative entrees and appetizers.”
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