Pizza Plant’s downtown store served its first Pods to regular folks Monday night.
“We are open to the public,” said owner Bob Syracuse.
The 140-seat restaurant is located on the northwest corner of the One Canalside building on Washington Street, also home to a Courtyard Marriott hotel and the Phillips Lytle law firm.
The Transit Road Pizza Plant is known for its draft beer selection, and the downtown outpost will make beer a selling point as well. The restaurant has 30 taps, Syracuse said, with at least five taps for locally produced beer. The tap lineup is updated in real time through the restaurant’s smartphone app, Syracuse noted.
The food menu, featuring pizza and the restaurant’s trademark pizza pods, will not change, he said.
Initial hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Back to roots: Acropolis OPA has refocused its menu back toward Greek cuisine.
The new menu adds Greek dishes like octopus salad, and features an all-Greek wine list, said Brian Harzewski, operations manager for Crush Hospitality Concepts.
The company, owned by restaurateur Paul Tsouflidis, also operates the Newbury Street fast casual restaurant and upcoming Newbury outlet at EXPO on Main Street.
“We’ve gone more authentic Greek and lost diner favorites like the Reuben (sandwich), for more of an upscale Greek menu,” Harzewski explained.
The restaurant still offers omelets, salads and sandwiches every day, but after 5 p.m. it’s more Greek. “We’ll be looking to offer more of the Greek restaurant than a family restaurant.”
Acropolis started as a souvlaki-centric Greek diner before broadening its offerings in 2010, adding a broader array of dishes and nightlife elements. It has about 60 seats on two floors.
The restaurant will start opening at 9 a.m. on weekdays, and keep the 8 a.m. start on weekends, Harzewski said.
Bigger Bosnian: Balkan Dining, Tonawanda’s Bosnian restaurant, has renovated to offer customers more seating, and a bathroom.
The family restaurant, at 687 Kenmore Ave., opened in December 2013, in a former pizzeria near Kenmore and Starin avenues. It specializes in Bosnian favorites like cevapi, beef sausages in housemade bread, and made-to-order savory pastries called pita, or burek, stuffed with fillings like spinach and cheese, or beef and cheese.
Owner Senad Soteli finished a renovation project earlier this month that added space for two more tables. There’s also a new bathroom, so customers no longer must trek through the kitchen to use the facilities.
A widescreen television is often tuned to sporting events or other entertainment, while a new set near the dessert case shows photographs of Balkan Dining’s dishes, and the proprietor’s home town of Zenica.
Elmwood juicer: The Elmwood Village’s smoothie and juice offerings could expand by April, when Squeeze Juicery’s second location aims to open.
The store will be on the ground floor of a new mixed-use building at 766 Elmwood Ave. “Hopefully by Feb. 1 we’ll have our building permits, and then we’ll hustle to get open by April 1,’ said owner Chris DeLorenzo.
The menu will be nearly identical to Squeeze’s first location, at 5419 Main St., Williamsville, he said. Cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and grab-and-go items like salads, hummus and wraps will be offered seven days a week.
It’ll be counter service, with 10 to 15 seats. “We feel like people like to hang out on Elmwood, so it needs more seating,” DeLorenzo said. “There are other options similar to us on Elmwood, but with the walking traffic in the summer on that block, we feel like we’ll be successful.”
Falls Honey’s recast: Honey’s restaurant in Niagara Falls will be reopening as Buffalo Wing Joint and Public Urban Bar (P.U.B.).
Buffalo Wing Joint owner Candice Creamer was general manager for the former Honey’s, located at 6560 Niagara Falls Blvd. Former owner Larry Pacifico’s exit from the business gave her the chance she’s been waiting for, she said.
“I’ve always had the goal of running my own restaurant, so when the opportunity arose, I took advantage of it,” Creamer said. The last Honey’s location, at 4300 Maple Road, Amherst, remains open.
The Niagara Falls space that will become Buffalo Wing Joint seats 270, including a patio and banquet space. Creamer is hoping to open it by Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7.
Her restaurant will be different than Honey’s, Creamer said. The place will still sell chicken wings, but there will be a thorough remodeling of the space. “I’m going for a modern industrial look,” she said. She’ll add eight draft heads for a total of 32, and add signature cocktails.
The new place should still be family-friendly, she said. Planned changes include moving a video game arcade to the front of the main room, so it’s easier for parents to keep an eye on their children. There will also be live entertainment scheduled during the week, like live music and dart and pool leagues, in addition to karaoke, she said.
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