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EXPO makes bid for Buffalo downtown lunch dollars

The ungainly, cavernous space between Washington and Main streets has eaten more than one restaurant dream. But now that EXPO has opened for lunch and dinner at 617 Main St., perhaps downtown Buffalo’s upscale food hall will prove that a group can succeed where individuals failed.

Eaters can browse six shiny-new establishments, grab their choices, and retire to an assortment of chairs, metal tables and picnic tables to enjoy their meal. The address is less than a block from the Metro Rail’s Fountain Plaza stop.

The entrance to EXPO in the Market Arcade building. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The entrance to EXPO in the Market Arcade building. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Seekers of hearty fare can belly up to Bobby Alfman’s for a porchetta sandwich with greens ($14) or a Chicago beef with tomato sauce ($14) or hit Mercato, from Osteria 166, for a tortellini alfredo with peas ($10) or penne Bolognese ($9).

The penne Bolognese from EXPO's Mercato, which is a branch of Osteria 166, an Italian restaurant on Franklin Street. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The penne Bolognese from EXPO's Mercato, which is a branch of Osteria 166, an Italian restaurant on Franklin Street. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Salad lovers and light eaters can build their own salad at Newbury Street or opt for a signature spicy quinoa bowl ($10) with chicken and fresh avocado.

Newbury Street is a bastion of non-GMO healthy eating to be found in EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Newbury Street is a bastion of non-GMO healthy eating to be found in EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Fresh juice lovers can find their liquid lunch at Crush Juicery, which expects to be open at breakfast in the near future, according to owner and EXPO manager Paul Tsouflidis.

The Crush Juicery stand inside EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The Crush Juicery stand inside EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Fans of Asian food or sushi can find black rice favorites, salads and wraps stuffed with fixings like fresh mango and Burmese chicken curry ($8.50) at Sun Roll.

The outside of Sun Roll's stand inside EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The outside of Sun Roll's stand inside EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar is EXPO’s adult beverage vendor, with local and other draft beer and a slate of 1980s throwback cocktails that draw on Crush Juicery juices. It serves Public Espresso coffee, which powers its lattes. Owner Gabrielle Mattina said morning coffee service is planned.

The bar area for GBGB inside EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The bar area for GBGB inside EXPO. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

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