The buzz in Buffalo on Friday night will focus on a usually quiet corner of downtown, the corner of Franklin Street and West Tupper, where Buffalo Proper will officially open to the public at 3 p.m. today.
While a friends-and-family party allowed the restaurant's head chef Edward Forster and mixologist Jon Karel to flex their muscles on Thursday, dinner reservations have already piled in for tonight -- the first is scheduled for 5:30 p.m, but there are still a few slots available if you call the restaurant soon at 783-8699.
Food will start being served earlier in the day -- at 3 p.m. -- on Aug. 22, so the limited dining hours will only last for the restaurant's first week of business.
In a short conversation with Forster this morning, the former Mike A's chef said he expects a very lively bar on opening night, which could extend to the city's 4 a.m. limit.
The bar-restaurant's Facebook page noted that Karel (former Vera Pizzeria), Zack Mikida (The Revelry) and Donny Clutterbuck (The Revelry) were the bartenders for last night's gathering, so we expect a similar cast for this evening.
See the opening night menu below -- replete with categories named after musical dynamics: