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Brick Oven Bistro joins downtown 'restaurant row'

Owners of Brick Oven Bistro, the popular Abbott Road family restaurant, are planning a downtown location.

It’s going to be located at 5 Genesee St., formerly Texas Red Hots, in an area of downtown blocks that have gone from dark storefronts to a red-hot restaurant zone in the last year or so.

“It’s very preliminary right now,” said John Glavey, a Bistro owner. “We’d love to shoot for sometime in late spring.” The building still needs to be renovated, he said. The resulting space would be on the small side, about 1,200 square feet.

The restaurant would be much like Brick Oven Bistro, with a wood-fired oven turning out pizzas, pastas and other Italian dishes, he said. “A quick lunch and a little more upscale for dinner.”

Glavey, partner Chuck Goodspeed and Joe Jerge of Mulberry Italian Ristorante, are also working on finishing preparations to open the Mess Hall in Lackawanna.

“I think it’s a great location, and I like how they’re coming up with a ‘restaurant row’ there,” Glavey said of Genesee Street. Architect Steven Carmina owns the building and others nearby. “They’re developing it back to a historic façade, building dates back to 1845 or something like that.”

New fine dining seafood restaurant Oshun is just around the corner, and D’Avolio and Perks are working on locations down the block. Just Fries, a french-fry-centered place by former Just Pasta owner Don Warfe, is planned next door, in another Carmina property. Raclette, a French place, is in the works too.

“You have a lot of people down in that area for lunch,” said Glavey. “If we can get a good lunch business, and get them in and out on time, I think it would be a wonderful spot.”

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