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MidTown Kitchen expands ex-Nektar space

MidTown Kitchen, the restaurant under construction in the former Nektar/Ambrosia space on Elmwood Avenue, is aiming for a January opening.

Work on the building, at 451 Elmwood Ave., is past the halfway mark, said Charles Barone, a partner. Barone, who returned to Buffalo in 2013, has experience running large metropolitan restaurants, having served as general manager at Chicago restaurants Tavern on Rush and Frontier.

A chef has been hired, said Barone, declining to name him out of respect to his current employer. “He comes out of classic American, with French technique,” Barone said. “I couldn’t be more excited to have him aboard.”

The building has been expanded southward towards the parking lot, adding 64 seats, for a total of 149. Interior walls were removed in pursuit of an “open-air industrial feel,” Barone said. Windows facing Elmwood Avenue can open up from floor to ceiling, and windows facing Bryant Avenue can slide open in temperate weather.

The recent stretch of decent weather has helped exterior work, he said. “We just finished the façade the other day,” Barone said last week. “We’re just kind of putting the puzzle back together.”

He hopes MidTown Kitchen will be open by the end of January.

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