7770 Transit Road, Williamsville (pizzaplant.com)
Opens daily at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weeknights, midnight Friday through Saturday.
Happy Hour: Everyday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $4 select pints. Gluten-free beer available. Liquor coming in the near future and feature high-end bourbons, whiskey, etc.
Extras: Draft Cards ($60) good for 15 pints anytime. After 9 p.m. dine-in menu with specials on pizzas, nachos, chicken fingers or garlic bread. Gluten free and vegan menu items. Live music at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Saturdays. Visit online for a full schedule. Doc Licata plays The Beatles every first Thursday of the month.
Western New York’s Pizza Plant celebrates 35 years of pizza, pods and craft beer this year, with new changes on the horizon as well. Owned by brothers Dan and Bob Syracuse, the popular establishment has been going strong since the 1980s and is most famous for its “pod,” a stuffed, baked pizza pocket.
The casual atmosphere makes it a favored gathering spot in Williamsville. The wood and brick décor is warm and inviting, with a long bench bar, high top table seating and a fireplace.
For those looking for a bit of history and tradition, Pizza Plant has brick in the wall behind the bar that comes from the Buffalo’s defunct Simon Pure Brewery that closed in 1970s. Fittingly, Dan Syrcause notes, “We were one of the first local places to offer craft beers and host beer tastings when we first opened.”
Today Pizza Plant is a beer-lovers paradise. It offers patrons a wide variety of craft beers both on tap and by the bottle, including local favorites from Ellicottville Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Flying Bison and Resurgence, with selections changing almost daily. Wine drinkers will find a large selection as well, with featured wines and house wines.
When it comes time to grab something to eat, Pizza Plant’s menu offers good bar fare, like three kinds of nachos (including Curried Garden) and lots of bread items, like Spinach Artichoke Dip and Tuscan Garlic Bread. Then there are the many varieties of stuffed pods and stuffed pizzas. Regular flat pizza also is available for conformists in the crowd.
Pizza Plant hosts a variety of beer-centered events that are posted on its website, including tastings with reps from breweries or themed events.
While the Walker Center location closed after 20 years, Pizza Plant is beginning a new chapter in its history, opening in the Courtyard By Marriott this summer just in time for all the warm weather events downtown.