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Jet’s Pizza to open restaurant in North Buffalo

Jet’s Pizza, a deep-dish favorite from the Detroit area, got the go-ahead Tuesday to open one of its fast-food restaurants on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo.

The location is expected to be the first of many Jet’s Pizza restaurants in Western New York.

The North Buffalo location will be at 2165 Delaware Ave., in a 1,600-square-foot building once occupied by Super Cuts.

Jet’s Pizza is expected to open sometime this spring, following a $750,000 renovation of the property.

The city Planning Board approved the Jet’s Pizza plan Tuesday. Still unresolved is what type of sign will be posted outside the restaurant.

The plan was initially before the Planning Board in February, but a decision was postponed at the time to give the project’s architect a chance to discuss the plan with Delaware Council Member Michael LoCurto. Those discussions resulted in some design changes, and unanimous approval Tuesday from the city Planning Board.

Jet’s – the 12th-largest pizza chain in the nation by sales – specializes in deep-dish square pizza but also sells subs, salads and various appetizers and side dishes, including chicken wings.

The Buffalo Jet’s is owned by WNY Jets, a subsidiary of Jet’s America of Sterling Heights, Mich.

Founded by the late Eugene Jetts Jr. and his brother John in 1978, and converted into a corporation 14 years later, Jet’s has grown into a national chain with more than 300 locations in 18 states.

The company plans to open other Jet’s Pizza restaurants in Western New York, attorney Brian Lewandowski told the Planning Board on Tuesday.

The Planning Board also approved four largely residential projects:

• A $13 million to $15 million plan submitted by Ciminelli Realty to convert the former University at Buffalo Educational Opportunities Center, 465 Washington St., into 50 loft-style luxury or market-rate apartments. The building will also have first-floor retail space.

• A $6 million renovation plan for the former Bison Storage and Warehouse Complex at 1502 Niagara St. Plans submitted by Carmina Wood Morris call for creating a 41-unit residential building. The first floor will likely be a restaurant or other retail business.

• Plans by Ellicott Development to build nine townhouses at 21-51 Ojibwa Circle, on the city’s waterfront, which would sell for $500,000 to $750,000 each.

• Ellicott Development’s $7 million plan to convert a vacant warehouse at 960 Busti Ave. into 18 apartments, along with some retail and office space.

email: sschulman@buffnews.com