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Restaurant Notes: Brewpub with a Japanese flair coming to Dun Building downtown

A new brewpub is destined for downtown Buffalo’s Dun Building, from the owners of Sato and Sato Ramen.

Satomi and Joshua Smith already run a full-service Japanese restaurant at 739 Elmwood Ave., and a small ramen-focused place at 3268 Main St., University Heights. They plan to call this one Sato Brewpub.

Fresh from a research tour of Japan, the Smiths are working on a basement restaurant aimed at pairing original Japanese-style beer with an izakaya, or small plates menu.

“We are going for a more fun atmosphere, with elevated pub food to go with the beer,” Joshua Smith said. The goal is a tavern setting offering better than tavern food with a Japanese accent.

“There’s going to be some dishes that are straight Japanese, and we’re going to have fun with that, but there’s also going to be dishes that feature that grilled flavor,” he said.

If all goes well, it will open by January, said Smith.

The space is a deep basement, with about 16-foot-high ceilings, enough room to accommodate a small brewery. The beer will be crafted under the consultancy of Andrew Hardin of Community Beer Works, Smith said. Initial plans are for a small lineup, with one mainstay brew and rotating seasonals.

The space in the historic Dun Building, 110 Pearl St., was last SoundLab. Plans are for 60 to 80 seats, with a full bar.

House of Hummus open: House of Hummus has opened in the former Manakeesh and More space on Hertel, offering hummus, falafel and other Middle Eastern favorites.

The restaurant, at 1150 Hertel Ave., opened two weeks ago, said owner Ahmed Hamideh. It’s his first restaurant, which he runs with help from his brother Jamal. Its motto is “home of WNY’s fluffiest falafel.”

The Palestinian Hamidehs are offering Jerusalem-style dishes, he said. Most will be familiar to fans of Middle Eastern cuisines. The word hummus means chickpea in Arabic, he said, so it’s a reference to both the falafel and the dip of ground chickpeas with tahini, lemon and garlic, the “hummus” that people might be more are familiar with.

A custom combination of 12 to 14 spices makes the falafel stand out, he said. Besides the deep-fried spiced chickpea fritters, vegan offerings include a sandwich that adds fried cauliflower and eggplant to falafel; baba ganoush, roasted eggplant puree; foul, fava bean puree with garlic, parsley and cumin; and salads. Herbal tea, in mint or sage, is also available.

Then there’s beef and chicken kababs and shawarma, as sandwiches or plates. Dishes range from $2.99 to 12.99. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 322-6484.

Tabree closed: Tabree, the French-inflected fine dining restaurant in Snyder, closed with a party Saturday night.

“This is the end of our five-year term, and we opted not to renew the lease,” said owner Bryan Bryndle.

The restaurant, at 4610 Main St. in Snyder, is a continuation of the restaurant Byndle and his wife Tara opened on Elmwood Avenue in 2008. It will offer drink and food Saturday night, then turn out the lights one last time, he said.

“We’ve celebrated birthdays with hundreds, anniversaries, baptisms, christenings, and I think we’ve left memories with a lot of people of what we tried to provide, in both of our locations,” Bryndle said. “We really enjoyed it.”

Bryndle offered thanks to his staff over the years. “It’s a pleasure to watch the majority of them move on into executive and sous chef positions, and further their culinary educations,” he said.

The Bryndles have no plans for another restaurant at this point, he said. After 33 years in the restaurant business, starting at Rue Franklin in the 1980s, then stints in New York, Los Angeles, then Buffalo again, “we had all the accolades we could ever get, and are very thankful,” he said. “It was a good run.”

Closed: Erbert & Gerbert’s, 484 Elmwood Ave.; Elite Bar & Grill, formerly known as Elite Fine Dining, 301 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

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