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Restaurant operators lease next to Water Mill

Two storefronts immediately next to the historic Williamsville Water Mill have been leased by restaurant operators.

Michael Shatzel, owner of three restaurants in Buffalo, leased a 1,482-square-foot space at 78 Spring St., which he plans to convert into a new craft beer bar, said Lida Eberz, a broker at CB Richard Ellis who handled the lease with partner Steve Blake for both Shatzel and the building owner.

The veteran business owner’s plans are still unfolding, so it’s not yet clear if the bar will also offer food, she said. Shatzel already owns Cole’s and Blue Monk restaurants in the Elmwood Village and Liberty Hound on the waterfront.

“The concept will work well with the ongoing development in that corridor and in the Village of Williamsville,” Eberz said. “It’s a vibrant, walkable area.”

Shatzel and business partner Dino DeBell also bought five buildings on Allen Street in Buffalo earlier this year, including the former Quaker Bonnet Eatery at 175 Allen, as well as a former Quaker meeting house, an adjacent wooden house, a carriage house and a storage garage. The two plan to convert the former restaurant into a burger place and will fix up the meeting house later.

Eberz and Blake also helped Bryan and Tara Bryndle, owners of Tabree Restaurant in Snyder, to lease the former Coffee Culture space at 5590 Main St. The couple plans to open another restaurant, “probably an oyster bar,” Eberz said.

The coffee shop closed Wednesday, but the 1,900-square-foot space received “numerous inquiries” in a matter of days, Blake said. “This will be an exciting addition to the village,” he said.