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Restaurant Notes: Charlie’s Boat Yard ready to go in Outer Harbor

The updated Buffalo Outer Harbor restaurant that started as Dug’s Dive unveils its new incarnation on Friday.

Charlie’s Boat Yard , 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., has added patio space, extensively renovated its interiors, and added more seafood to the menu, said operator Charles Goodspeed. “We changed the color scheme, recovered and resurfaced the bar, put in new tables and chairs,” he said.

“Hopefully, we’ll have the new patio and outdoor bar ready by Memorial Day,” he said. The 1,800-square-foot area would add about 60 seats, for a total of about 128, and include a lounge area.

The menu, readable at, will include cod fish and chips, scallops, shrimp and more seafood, he said.

Charlie’s Boat Yard is owned by Goodspeed’s wife Mary, and John Skipper, Goodspeed said. The landlord is Safe Harbor, which is leasing the area from the N.Y. State Parks.

The grand opening is 2 p.m. May 6, he said.

South Buffalo BBQ: South Buffalo has a new barbecue joint.

A&B BBQ, 368 Abbott Road, is a new project from the family that has operated Szaras Family Catering for decades. At this point it’s take-out only, but the place has only been selling smoked meat for a week.

“We make our own sauce, a Kansas City style, with molasses,” said Allan Szaras. “We do pulled pork, brisket and ribs. We have loaded fries for people who aren’t into barbecue, plus pulled chicken and a grilled chicken sandwich.”

“Barbecue is always something that we did on the catering side, and I wanted to expand,” Szaras said, explaining that his custom-built cooker uses propane for heat and hickory chunks for smoke. “We’ve been in the catering business for 20 or 25 years.”

Barbecue sandwiches, $8-$9, come with fries. A full rack of Memphis-cut spare ribs are $16.99, $19.99 with three sides. Brisket and pulled pork are $7.25 and $6 a pound, respectively.

A&B is open Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sides include coleslaw, mac and cheese, fries and more. A&B also sells milkshakes. Phone: 342-2162.

Wild Bill’s getting walls: A Clarence barbecue specialist is moving his operation to a Sheridan Drive restaurant after demand outstripped his roadside stand.

Bill Richer, who has operated Wild Bill Hickory’s BBQ at 9840 County Road since 2013, said he’s moving to 9105 Sheridan Drive, formerly Emily’s Family Diner.

It won’t be ready until November, and that’s “in a perfect world,” Richer said. “This is going to be a gut job, right down to the studs.”

When the work is done, he hopes to offer the community a solid, casual family barbecue joint with about 90 seats, he said. He expects to offer beer and wine.

He’s already got the County Road roadside stand open, Richer said. He’s planning to keep the roadside stand open until the last moment, perhaps two weeks before the restaurant opens, he said.

“Business has been growing exponentially and I’m there in a trailer in 120-degree heat,” he said. “I can’t do it. I need a place.”

New Martin spot: Martin Danilowicz, chef-owner of Martin Cooks, will be opening a new downtown restaurant, according to the building’s owner.

Architect and landlord Steve Carmina of Carmina Wood Morris told a Buffalo Place meeting last week that Danilowicz would be operating a new restaurant at 5-7 Genesee St. That would put it near the Hyatt, between Raclettes and Oshun.

Danilowicz declined to offer more information about his project, saying that he would describe his restaurant after he’s worked out the details.

Danilowicz has operated Martin Cooks in the Horsefeathers building, 346 Connecticut St., since 2013. The restaurant’s Saturday brunch, lunches and prix fixe counter-service dinners have drawn of fans to the West Side.

Besides Martin Cooks, Danilowicz also opened a counter in an Elmwood Avenue Sunoco station last year serving chicken, noodles and tacos. It closed early this year.

Banquet hall remodel: Lucarelli’s Banquet Center has completed a $250,000 renovation of its property at 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.

Its new 1920s-style decor is themed after the Great Gatsby. All four banquet rooms have been made over in gold, silver and black and have remodeled bars. The rooms have new carpets, LED lighting, wall coverings, tables, chairs, tableware and silverware.

The renovation took place over three months starting in December.

Mike Lucarelli founded the company in his parents’ basement in 1980. All three of his daughters work for the company today.

“This major renovation transformed our business into a fun, first-class center. The new look is both modern and a little old-school,” he said.

Lucarelli’s will celebrate its reopening with an invite-only, Roaring 20s-themed party. Proceeds from casino-themed table games will benefit the Seneca Babcock Community Center. - Samantha Christmann

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