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Buffalo planners OK Lloyd Tacos for Elmwood – without the sign

Taco fans, rest assured. Lloyd Tacos is coming to Elmwood Avenue by year end.

The popular food-truck owners got approval Monday to open a second brick-and-mortar restaurant, with an outdoor patio, at 502 Elmwood. But in an effort to put off controversy, there won’t be any sign on it, at least for now.

City planners had objected to the owners’ initial concept for promoting the Lloyd Taco Factory. That plan included a proposed wrap-around metal mesh overlay on the building’s facade, with the logo graphic emblazoned on it starting on the front to the right of the entrance and continuing around the northern wall. It had a black background, white lettering and green outline, and the mesh would have extended four inches above the building’s roof, bringing it to a total height of 20 feet.

That drew criticism and opposition from both the Elmwood Village Association and the Planning Board, whose members compared the graphic to a sign and said they would be unlikely to approve one of that height on Elmwood.

So Lloyd came back without any signs – a “naked” facade. That won approval for the rest of its plan from the Buffalo Planning Board.

The owners still plan to refinish the yellow brick to white, shift the door to the right side of the building and install operable windows. But they will come back later for a new sign plan, after working with the neighborhood group to come up with an acceptable design.

The board also approved the restaurant’s outdoor patio on Elmwood but gave only a one-year green light for a service bar outside, to see how well it would work, after learning that neighbors are concerned about the possibility of more noise. Lloyd will have to return in a year to see if that bar can continue.

Restaurant officials said they hope to start work next month, and to finish by November.