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Friar's Table reborn in 'Vegas' style

Elite Fine Dining, formerly The Friar’s Table, expects to open in mid-September after a sweeping renovation and kitchen upgrade.

“Everything is new,” from the flatware to the windows, said Elijah Turley, owner of the restaurant at 301 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. “We revamped the whole place.”

The look is luxe, a step upscale from the country manor décor of Friar’s Table. “If you were to walk in here now, you’d think you were in Vegas,” he said.

Some of the former staff members have returned, including Kevin Allen, one of the former chefs.

The previous restaurant was celebrated for prime rib and lobster tails. Steaks, lobster and Alaskan king crab legs will remain, while prime rib becomes a special, Allen said. Fresh fish, flown in three days a week, will join the menu, along with two types of fresh oysters daily.

“We’re going to focus on real fresh fish that we pick up at Prior Aviation, working with a couple companies out of Boston,” Allen said.

Another addition to the restaurant’s menu will be house-made pasta, with three types of ravioli and gnocchi, which will end up in a dish of gnocchi with butter-poached lobster and mascarpone cheese.

Allen, who worked for Friar’s Table for about 10 years, but not just before it closed, said “there’s a lot of stuff we’re going to have that Friar’s Table didn’t. We’re taking the menu up a whole notch.”

The restaurant's phone number will be 831-8181.

Read Janice Okun's 2009 review.

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