A former owner of Thirsty Buffalo on Elmwood Avenue has opened a new restaurant at 414 Pearl Street near Chippewa.
Chris DeBernardis opened Tavern 414 in the former Garvey’s restaurant March 10. He describes it as an upscale casual tavern and restaurant serving casual American fare.
Chef Allie Demers was born in Buffalo and recently returned to the city from a stint in Park City, Utah. The menu emphasizes house-made ingredients, including handcrafted horseradish sauce. The lunch menu consists mainly of sandwiches, salads and appetizers. The dinner menu features six entrees, such as Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast ($16), Flank Steak ($17) and Maple Seared Salmon ($16). There are also changing specials throughout the week. The menu will soon expand to include flatbread pizzas.
The open floor plan has a wooden bar at its center and three raised dining areas, as well as hardwood floors, tin ceilings and exposed-brick walls. A mural by a local artist depicts the Buffalo skyline and Peace Bridge, and is accented with LED lights. It will host live, mellow dinner music and Fridays and Saturdays.
DeBernardis also owns Average Joe’s Bar & Grill on Sweet Home Road in Amherst.
In addition to Garvey’s, the site was formerly the notorious Barcelona night club. A “reality show pub” proposed for the same location in 2014 never got off the ground.