The growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus clinched a decision by Bobby Burns and Dennis Glenn to open a gourmet sandwich shop that will specialize in homemade, gluten-free meatballs and sauce in Allentown.
Burns, the "meatball guy," and Glenn, a Williamsville native, are renovating 23 Allen St. – adjacent to Caffeology coffee shop – and plan to open AStreet Meatball Market in August. The building is near the University at Buffalo's new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which is slated to open later this year.
"I'm not sure I would have seriously considered it if not for the medical center," said Burns, who grew up in Boston. "That was definitely a clincher. How could it not be?"
Burns and Glenn moved to Buffalo from New York City. They plan to have seating for 14 in their 1,100-square-foot bistro. There also will be a limited bakery, featuring cupcakes, homemade cookies and ice cream for customers to "make" their own ice cream sandwiches. Black-and-white photographs of Allen Street, a painted cobblestone walk that "disappears" into cobblestone wall art, a life-sized streetlamp and a white-painted tin ceiling round out the decor.