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Born from a truck, Buffalo restaurant set for 2015

The first Buffalo restaurant born of a food truck will be Marble + Rye, opening on Genesee Street in early 2015.

Michael Dimmer and Christian Willmott, proprietors of one of Buffalo’s most highly praised food trucks, will offer sandwiches, snacks and grown-up entrees at 112 Genesee St., around the corner from the new Catholic Health building.

“It’s been a hard couple years on the road with the truck, paying ourselves enough to sustain, since we knew this was the end goal,” Dimmer said. They’re hoping for a March opening, but who knows.

The restaurant will offer a takeout window and easy online ordering, aiming to lure time-strapped lunch crowds created by recent downtown developments, Dimmer said.

A big cast-iron griddle will be cooking up crusty burgers and perhaps taco fixings. A wood-fired oven will add smokiness too. There will be a full bar, and about 70 seats. Possible dishes will include a banh mi burger of local beef, and a steak frites version. There will be charcuterie.

There will also be toast. “We have this crazy fascination for toast, especially wood-fired toast,” Dimmer said. “There will be a toast board that will be running, hopefully an important part of our menu.”

Arancini will remain a truck-only feature, though.

Dimmer and Wilmott started the Black Market Food Truck in January 2013. They will be partners in Marble + Rye. With items like seasonal arancini and sandwiches of house-made mortadella, BMFT won Buffalo Spree’s Best Food Truck award in 2013.

After a current hiatus for engine overhaul, the truck will be back on the road, Dimmer said. It will be a limited schedule during the winter, however.  “If it’s negative 10 outside, as we’ve seen firsthand, there’s no sense in standing outside.”

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