The Twilight Room opened last week in the former Scarlet space, 26 Virginia Place.
Owner Steven Lorenzo described the restaurant’s concept as “a speakeasy Prohibition theme, Roaring Twenties, with live music and jazz on weekends.” It’s an upscale dining restaurant with a craft cocktail bar, he said.
The décor starts in the front hallway, which has been given a secret-entrance motif. “We took out the glass doors that were there and had a bookcase built,” Lorenzo said. “So you have to walk through a bookcase to come into the restaurant.”
Twilight Room is open seven days a week and offers late-night dining hours, geared toward the service industry, he said. Dinner is served until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends. Sunday brunch includes a Bloody Mary bar.
The menu leans Italian-American, including small plates like poutine Italiano ($12.95), with cheese and Bolognese sauce, sausage-stuffed peppers ($10.95) and fried risotto balls, or arancini ($10.95). Entrees include chicken Milanese ($14.95) and a 24-ounce bone-in ribeye steak ($48) dubbed The Sinatra, served with pistachio butter.
In the late 2000s, Lorenzo and his brother Jason operated Illusions, a nightclub on Ellicott Street. (His brother is a partner in The Twilight Room as well.) Lorenzo said he has also worked in food and beverage service for the Seneca Niagara Casino and elsewhere.
The phone number is 882-7777; check out the website at twilightroombuffalo.com.
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