Chippewa nightclub Noir is becoming a food-first restaurant called Local Kitchen & Beer Bar.
Noir, 88 W. Chippewa St., closed Aug. 2.
The plan is to showcase popular Buffalo food such as beef on weck, wings and stuffed peppers for out-of-towners staying in hotels and locals working downtown.
“We’re going full kitchen” with Local, said Justin Anderson, an owner.
Hopefully the place can open by the end of September, he said.
“We’re going to work hand-in-hand with the local breweries and distilleries, emphasizing local products,” Anderson said. He expects 40 beers on tap and 50-plus bourbons.
Servers will be outfitted in shirts emblazoned with Buffalo facts. A wall will be dedicated to Buffalo art by local artists, which customers can buy.
The restaurant, with a rustic barn-wood look, will be open for lunch and dinner, Anderson said. His partners are Kim and Peter Hammerl, who own Buffalo’s Best Grill in Orchard Park. “Our goal is to showcase Buffalo for people who live in Buffalo, and out-of-towners, too,” he said.
Casa downtown: J.J.’s Casa di Pizza plans to offer its full pizzeria menu downtown, starting Aug. 15.
The remodeled former betting parlor at 11 E. Mohawk St. will seat about 64 inside, with more in a large courtyard area on the Washington Street side of the property, said Jeff Jacobbi, an owner, with Jamie and James Jacobbi.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered. The longtime Casa di Pizza location at 477 Elmwood Ave., which is currently takeout-only during renovations, did not offer breakfast.
“Because we’re downtown now, and there’s more offices, we’re going to open up at 7 a.m.,” Jacobbi said of the Mohawk location.
In addition to pizza, subs, salads and standard pizzeria fare for lunch and dinner, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast pizza and more will be available for customers looking for an early bite.
Hofbrauhaus update: Plans for a Hofbrauhaus restaurant in a new building between HarborCenter and One Canalside are still very much alive. Kevin Townsell, the Shannon Pub owner who has been working on plans to bring the beer-garden-themed restaurant to Canalside, said electrical and other utility connections are slowing building plans. The cost and complexity of the needed work has developers researching options, said Townsell, who said he was optimistic. “It’s a definite,” he said. “The only question is when.”
Going casual: Fine-dining spot David’s Grille in Orchard Park has closed for renovation into OP Social Tap & Grille, a restaurant aimed at more casual diners.
“We were fine dining, a classy place,” general manager Mike Morgan said of the restaurant, 4247 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. “We are going to reopen as more modern American casual, modern twists on American classics.” Hopefully the restaurant will be able to show its new face by October.
The goal is to make it “more comfortable for customers to eat here every day, not just special occasions.” The menu is still being written, and the interior is undergoing sweeping renovations.
Morgan was the chef at David’s for seven years before opening Applewood Café in Williamsville with his wife, Becky. He returned last year to be the general manager at David’s, while she runs the Williamsville café.
Hamburg pizzeria: A third-generation pizza maker is turning Hamburg’s former August Bistro into Butera’s Pizza.
Jimmy’s Pizza is closing and becoming Butera’s, at 32 Main St., Hamburg, specializing in brick-oven pizza and craft beer. The plan is to open the new place by September.
There, owner Jimmy Butera will offer a standard pizzeria menu with one particular point of ambition: homemade bread and rolls for the sandwiches. He aims to have six local craft beer taps at first, possibly to increase to 12.
Why change the name? “The biggest reason is that I’m a third-generation pizza guy,” Butera said. His grandfather opened a shop in the 1950s and Salvatore’s pizza stand at the Erie County Fair, Butera said, then his dad opened a store.
He opened Jimmie’s at 43 Buffalo St., nine years ago. At the new place, “I wanted to pay my grandfather and family some homage for what they did,” Butera said.
Second location: My Tomato Pie, currently in the Northtown Plaza, is working on opening a second location in the Tops Plaza at Robinson Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard.
The new restaurant, at 3035 Niagara Falls Blvd., will have “an expanded menu, fresh new dining room, banquet room, and huge bar,” its Facebook page says. The space was formerly a Buffalo Wild Wings outlet.
Northtown Plaza will be home to a new Whole Foods supermarket, currently under construction, and other development. It’s not clear whether My Tomato Pie’s restaurant there will close. “We are hoping to have two locations but we have not come to terms with our current landlord yet to stay at the original location,” the restaurant management wrote in July. “We will know more in a few months.”
Closed: Bedrock Eatery, 4038 Hoover Road, Blasdell, appears to be closed. Its phone is disconnected.
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