The third Public House has opened in Ellicottville, giving the ski town another Buffalo-based restaurant offering. It's also a dream come true for the owners, who fell in love with Ellicottville years ago.
Frank and Sara Testa opened Public House of Buffalo, 1206 Hertel Ave., in 2014. Then the Testas turned the former Root Five, 4914 Lake Shore Drive West, Hamburg, into Public House on the Lake.
Then Public House Ellicottville opened Nov. 24 at 24 Monroe St., formerly Cadillac Jack's.
The Testas were able to shape the space to their tastes. "Basically, everything we wanted to do on Hertel but couldn't do – like expose brick walls, shelving behind the bar, tap tower – we were able to do, so we're super happy with the way everything turned out," said Sara Testa.
There's six dining tables on the first floor with the bar, and another 15 tables upstairs.
The first Public House was supposed to be in Ellicottville. "I've been skiing my entire life, coming here with my family since I was five," Testa said. "It's got that small town feel, that ski town feel. Everyone is always having fun, you're there to eat and drink and have a good time."
The couple also likes to go to Killington, Vt., a town with a similar vibe, she said. They were looking for a house, which turned into a search that ended on Monroe Street.
To drink there's 20 taps of draft beer, plus 50 cans and bottles, and a full bar.
The food menu will include Public House standards like soups, salads, sandwiches, and lobster poutine. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. One addition to the Ellicottville menu will be pizza, said Testa.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 699-9001.
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