Elmwood Village mainstay Nektar Ambrosia is closing for good on Sunday.
Owner Stavros Malliaris has sold the building at 451 Elmwood Ave., and is moving back to Greece, he said.
Sunday will be the last day of regular service. He invited customers to stop by for a snack and a drink on July 8, from 5 p.m. or so, to say goodbye.
Malliaris declined to identify the restaurant’s new owner, saying that was their business. “From what I know they’re going to fix it up and reopen it as a restaurant,” he said.
Malliaris started in Buffalo restaurants in 1977, working at Pano’s. He started his own place in 1984, calling it Ambrosia, and opened Nektar as a cocktail bar in 2001.
Two years ago, after his partner George Dimoulas died, he consolidated the two businesses at Nektar’s space, which he owned.
It wasn’t the winter, it was just time to quit, he said. “Your body just tells you,” he said. “It was time to go. I’ve been doing this 35 years.”
Sausage fest: The place hasn’t been open a week, but Sterling Tap & Wurst already has the best sausage diversity in town.
Blueberry venison. Elk apple. Cranberry boar. Smoked duck with apple brandy. Working with a cousin – Raymond “Skip” Wardynski of Wardynski’s Sausage, owner Kevin M. Brinkworth will be offering Buffalo new tubular meat experiences.
The bar at 1487 Hertel Ave., formerly Sterling Tavern, started pouring beer this weekend. The grand opening is set for Wednesday, said Brinkworth. The full menu includes duck fries, soups, salads, and sandwiches, including a Sterling Burger.
Chef Manny Cruz explained that the whole sausage list won’t be available each night. Stand for sale: Reid’s hot dog and ice cream stand is for sale.
The Kenmore staple at 2800 Elmwood Ave., built in 1969, has been a seasonal neighborhood favorite for generations. “The quaint little stand serves hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, shakes and more at a great price,” a News reviewer wrote last year.
The Realty USA listing says it can be yours for $325,000.
Fall move: The Byrd House in Orchard Park plans to move after the summer. The bar and restaurant, which opened in 2012, will be “moving 100 yards down the street,” said owner Brendan Biggane. The new location, 4190 N. Buffalo Road, was until recently The Well.
But “that won’t be until September sometime,” he noted. The place will remain at 4246 N. Buffalo Road through the summer.
Now serving: On July 6, Mulberry Ristorante in Lackawanna will resume serving lunch from Monday through Thursday; lunch had already been available on Fridays.
Carmelo’s in Lewiston has added Monday dinner service for the summer, expecting to return to a six-day schedule after Labor Day.
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