The patio at Daniels Restaurant has been a long time coming.
A year in fact.
After a long process, the patio will officially open May 26 with a grand opening party featuring free food tastes, a cash bar and more. (Rain date is May 30.)
“Last year we started to get our ducks in a row for the patio by May, but we did not receive our permit until September,” said owner Scott Donhauser.
With Donhauser doing much of the work himself, the plan was to build as much as he could until the snow arrived with the idea to finish it this spring.
“At least I could buy the furniture on sale last year,” he joked.
The patio is part of the changes Donhauser has implemented since taking sole ownership in May 2015.
“The patio gives us an opportunity to show a different side of Daniels. We already have a cigar and whiskey party booked for June, and are in the early stages of a beer and food pairing with a local brewery. Everyone wants to be outside in the summer, so now we can offer the best of both worlds,” he said.
But that’s not the end of the patio story. Donhauser has plans for a rooftop patio. “So here it is May. We probably won't see any permits until September. Just in time!” he said.
We got a sneak peek at the menu Daniels will be serving on the new patio.
Small plates have price points from $5 for a single lobster ravioli to a $28 surf and turf plate. There are two salads – a grilled romaine salad ($9), add chicken or salmon ($6) or steak ($7) and a peanut-encrusted duck breast salad ($16) with cucumber, pickled onion, pineapple salsa, coconut and chili dressing.
Burgers include a “banquet" burger, with pork belly, brie cheese, truffle dijonnaise and oyster mushroom marmalade ($14) and a decadent Paris street burger ($26) with foie gras, apple, red onion jam and truffle cheese.
Seafood items include escargot ($11), scallops ($13) and a twist on a shrimp cocktail ($12) which comes with a passion fruit cocktail sauce.
“Sharing” items include truffle popcorn ($4), tuna nachos ($15) plus daily creations including deviled eggs ($4) and flatbreads (various prices). The most intriguing item? Drunken donuts ($1 each) made with pork belly, spiced cocoa and margarita jam.
A variety of sides give guests a way to customize a meal with choices from truffle duchess potatoes or pork roasted potatoes to grilled asparagus or sautéed mushrooms (prices $3 to $6).
Starting in June, Daniels will open on Monday for dinner with Martini & Half Shells specials. Donhauser said the kitchen will highlight a variety of oysters throughout the summer in various preparations and with different accompaniments. There will be five or six different $5 martini choices.
Wednesday’s “Unhand That Wine” includes $5 appetizer specials from the regular a la carte menu in smaller sizes, plus things like sliders and oyster shooters. Menu wines will be half price or guests can bring their own with no corkage fee. (A good way to clean out all those single bottles you’ve been saving.)
Friday’s “Burger, Beer and Buckets” pairs themed burgers with local beers. Four beers will be the price of three.
Daniels regular chef’s tables continue as well, including the May 26 Asian street food event at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $85. Reservations are required.
Daniels is located at 174 Buffalo St., Hamburg (648-6554). It is open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch is served Friday from noon to 2 p.m. Beginning in June, the restaurant will open at 5 p.m. Monday for summer.