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Lexington Co-op plans sidewalk cafe, take-out restaurant at location on Hertel

The Lexington Cooperative Market’s second location on Hertel Avenue will have a take-out restaurant and sidewalk cafe, similar to the one at its Elmwood Avenue location, but it will be slightly larger and have more menu options.

The new store will have a wider selection of prepared foods and grab-and-go items. There will be added hot bar and soup options, and a salad bar that is twice as big as the one at Elmwood.

Like the current location, the take-out selections are all self-service and paid for at the cash register.

There will be an indoor seating area and outdoor seating on the patio. Plans for the sidewalk cafe call for a design similar to that of the Elmwood store, with similar fencing around the patio. The Buffalo Planning Board recommended the plans to the Common Council for approval earlier this week.

At 10,000 square feet, the new store at 1678 Hertel Ave. will have twice as much retail space as the current location at 807 Elmwood Ave. There will be a meat and seafood service counter, more cash registers for checkout and a much larger parking lot with 55 spaces.

The customer-owned grocery store is targeting an early- to mid-2017 opening. It was originally supposed to open in 2016, but construction has been delayed because of some utility lines under the site that need to be relocated.

The co-op raised $2 million in a grassroots effort to open the store – 40 percent of which came from people living in the neighborhood surrounding the new store. In fact, 10 percent of the customers at its Elmwood store are people who travel from the same North Buffalo neighborhood.

The Hertel Avenue site was formerly a CVS drug store.