Mike and Sherri Andrzejewski closed the Williamsville outpost of SeaBar on Sunday, but the silver lining will be apparent in April, with the expansion of SeaBar City on Ellicott Street, Mike Andrzejewski said.
The expanded restaurant, at 475 Ellicott St., will keep its present sushi bar but add a full bar and lounge, with sake and beer selections in addition to your usual liquor. More inspiring to Andrzejewski is the addition of a full kitchen, so SeaBar can turn out a menu unhampered by its current shoebox-sized cooking space.
Diners shouldn't expect a reincarnation of Tsunami, Andrzejewski's former Pacific Rim-centric Kenmore place, the chef said. "I would like to keep the not overly stuffy feeling of Tsunami, with a
little more global influence on the food," he said.
Hawaiian butterfish, a Tsunami favorite, might be back on the menu. But that's just the beginning, he said: "We're going to make our own bacon for BLTs, have sandwiches for lunch, and grind our own burgers." Then serve a full menu for dinner.
"There's just a lot of stuff I want to work on," he said, from locally raised pork to "corn on the cob."
Late April was all he could say for an opening date. But the world of restaurant openings is full of stops and starts, so we'll see.