A dedicated pierogi production facility with its own fast-food style pierogi restaurant is under way on Niagara Street.
Ru’s Pierogi will occupy the first floor of the Turner Brothers Loft building at 295 Niagara St. Developer Jake Schneider will be converting 55,000 square feet of space into 40 apartments on upper floors. Work on the circa-1860s building has been underway for two years.
“We’ll be doing production for restaurants and going into grocery, and operating a restaurant and a food truck,” said Zachary Schneider, Jake’s son, who leads the Ru’s project. It’s not the first restaurant in the family; his sisters Eliza and Sarah own Merge, and Sarah owns HandleBar with Evan Thompson. Zachary is also a partner in 15 Fingers, a digital marketing agency.
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“We’ll probably be opening the restaurant in April,” Zachary Schneider said, though construction delays could push that back. It’ll offer customers their choice of pierogi, cooked to order in a quick-service format, with no servers. There’ll also be Polish favorites like cabbage rolls, as part of a small menu, Schneider said. There’s also a food truck under way, to be launched at the same time as the restaurant.
The main part of the project will be expanding the reach of Ru’s Pierogi, created by chef-partner Andy Ruszczyk, to more restaurants, and eventually grocery stores, Schneider said. “We’re really focused on production,” Schneider said.
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