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Oliver's owner opening steakhouse in Avant building

The owner of Oliver’s plans to open a modern steakhouse in the Avant building.

David Schutte, who bought Oliver’s in 2013, leads a group replacing the current Della Terra restaurant with SEAR, according to a news release.

“The restaurant will showcase an innovative menu featuring a wide variety of chef-driven steak cut selections with a new, modern twist,” the release said. Locally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood, a full dessert menu, “extraordinary” wine list and craft cocktails are all part of the plan.

“We have organized a group of high profile investors in Western New York and collaborated to deliver an unrivaled culinary experience,” Schutte said in the statement. “SEAR is not your usual steakhouse. We want to take the traditional dining experience and provide Buffalo with something new and different.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in May, with the new restaurant expected to open in the fall.

Avant’s full-service kitchen and catering facilities will continue to operate under Chef Chris Machols. All events that have been booked at Embassy Suites by Hilton Buffalo will be held as planned, the release said. The building’s Cary Street Café will be converted to a casual restaurant offering lunch, dinner and full bar during the steakhouse’s construction.

SEAR’s marketing, branding and creative services will be handled by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, according to the release.

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