Termini has bought the buildings that housed Faherty’s and Toro, said Shatzel. They will be developing a brewery in the Faherty’s space, 490 Elmwood Ave., and an associated restaurant where Toro was, next door at 492 Elmwood.
The deal means Termini, one of Buffalo’s leading developers, is broadening his restaurant interests into the Elmwood Village. As an owner of Blue Monk, Shatzel has been a leading Buffalo craft beer merchant, but has never been a brewer. For the new place, he’ll be looking for a brewer comfortable pushing the envelope and offering distinctive, even experimental brews, Shatzel said.
“Being a guy selling beer for a long time in Buffalo, this is the next logical step for me,” he said.
Asked what would set his brewery apart, Shatzel said, “I think what all those guys are doing is great. I think I am going to be a more aggressive in the styles of beer we’re going to make. That all depends on who we get as a brewer, but I would like to get away from the mainstream styles and experiment. But again, that depends on who’s making the beer, because I don’t know how to brew.”
The goal is “a brewery that really puts Buffalo on the map, nationally,” Shatzel said. “Whether I am able to accomplish that, I have no idea. But that’s the goal.”
Given permitting requirements and brewery regulations, the brewery won’t be under way till 2016, he said.
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