The Hollow Bistro & Brew is close to opening its expansion, built next door to its century-old building in the heart of Clarence.
It should be done in May, said Katie Yu, an owner. The current restaurant, at 10641 Main St., will become the restaurant’s bar. A new building has been constructed next door, after the owners demolished the building there. The new structure will be the restaurant’s dining center, with 45 seats, about 10 more than the current configuration, and an event room. Dining seats will also be available in the barroom.
“We’re a little over five years in now, and there has been a huge demand for more space, for private parties, definitely,” said Yu. “There’s a huge demand for outdoor patio, so that’s a huge thing we wanted to add to our restaurant.” Yu’s parents opened Heart of the Hollow Ice Cream Parlor at the address in 1994.
The kitchen is being expanded, and plans include a patio facing Main Street, she said. A parking lot is also being installed behind the new structure, to hold about 30 cars. The menu will stay largely the same, she said.
Brick and wooden beams reclaimed from the demolished building will feature prominently in the new space, Yu said, including the new fireplace and mantel.
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