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Plans unveiled for The Hatch to go year-round

The Hatch, on Buffalo’s waterfront, is becoming a year-round eatery.

City officials Tuesday announced details of a $900,000 addition to The Hatch, that will also include improvements to the restaurant’s kitchen, enabling the city-owned restaurant to remain open year-round with an expanded menu and bar. The improvements include wood-burning pizza ovens.

The expansion calls for a 3,000-square-foot glass-enclosed building offering a view of the water. The addition will seat up to 80 people, officials said. The project also includes construction of a new concrete patio as well as fire pits for outdoor dining.

The Hatch, which now offers a limited menu, will have a full-service kitchen when the project is complete, officials said.

“This is the new Buffalo,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said, looking out at Lake Erie while talking with Molly Koessler of Molly’s World Inc., the operator of The Hatch. “We know city residents and visitors want more access to Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront.”

The Hatch expansion will be completed in the fall, and the restaurant will be open during construction, Brown said.

“It will be continuous,” said Koessler.

The addition to The Hatch was approved May 19 by the city’s Planning Board.

This latest project at The Hatch is part of a $3.7 million investment at Erie Basin Marina by the Brown Administration since 2006, the mayor said. Other recently completed projects, he said, include a $640,000 Ice Cream Stand & Clam Bar, $1.1 million for a new boardwalk, handicapped-accessible restrooms and new security gates for boaters.

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