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Aug. 29, 1959: Allentown’s hep cats explain espresso and art

Trying to bring a taste of 1950s Greenwich Village to 1950s Buffalo, Sam Fiorella started with espresso — which had to be explained over three paragraphs in this 55-year-old News article.

He began to add other coffees and teas and ultimately art at Coffee Encores. In doing so, he helped foster not just the literal tastes of Bohemian post-war New York City, but also provided a place for Buffalonians to be a living part of the beat generation. When the Albright Art Gallery was closed for renovations, the coffee house was the only gallery in Buffalo showing local artists.

Coffee Encores operated from 1951 to 1961. Fiorella died in 1999.

"Where art appreciation, criticism are brewing"

“Some old traditions and new versions of the arts have combined successfully to attract the taste of Buffalonians.

“Sam Fiorella and Dominic Trapani have furnished prominent local artists with the spotlight of public attention in an atmosphere reminiscent of Greenwich Village. Now in its fifth year, Coffee Encores, 343 Franklin St., serves both the avant-garde and the traditional in art. To make both palatable, exotic varieties of coffees and teas are brewed, while on a cold night steaming hot chocolate in mugs is available.”

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