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Griffon Gastropub opening in East Aurora

Griffon Gastropub will make East Aurora its third location, offering 70 draft beers and a diverse menu of ambitious tavern food in the former Medici House space.

After renovations the restaurant will extend the Griffon brand from Niagara Falls and Clarence to 634 Main St., East Aurora. It’s expected to open in mid-July if all goes well, said owner Ken Scibetta.

The Clarence Griffon has 100 taps; 70 would give the East Aurora location the largest draft beer menu in the Southtowns. The beer selections will be mostly craft beer, from around the world, and Western New York, and there will also be a full bar. There will be televisions in the bar, but not the dining room.

“The inside is gorgeous, except that everything’s painted black,” Scibetta said of the 130-seat space. “Our job is to lighten it up, and put a little bit of our spin on everything.”

The food menu will have many Griffon favorites, like diverse burgers, chicken-and-waffle sandwich, and smoked Gouda mac and cheese, but more game, Scibetta said. The menu is in development, and he’s trying to figure out how to use the best East Aurora ingredients for real homegrown flavor, he said.

[Read Griffon Gastropub's 8-plate review here]

There will be new floors, and the dining room will be mostly booth seating. The patio will be cleaned up, he said, and possibly expanded where landscaping is now.

The East Aurora space was previously Tantalus, then Medici House and Theas. It closed in February, with owners John Rooney and Laurie Kutas concentrating on The Yelling Goat in Lancaster.

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