The Terrace at Delaware Park, a restaurant on the top floor of the Marcy Casino, could be open in January.
Construction work on the year-round restaurant is set to begin after Magnolia Events signed a three-year contract with the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
“We want it to be real cozy in the winter, to draw people in,” said Jason Davidson, noting the addition of a gas fireplace. “During the summer, it’s going to be all about the terrace.”
A casual shared-plates menu should offer fresh vegetables from the nearby Bidwell market in season, Davidson said, but a classic beef on weck will be on the menu too. “One of my favorite places in old Buffalo was Anacone’s (Inn), and I like Bar Bill,” Davidson said. “So during the winter, I want to put a carving station behind the bar.”
Davidson and fellow restaurateur Mike Shatzel own Magnolia, which caters weddings and other events in the casino, located between Hoyt Lake and Delaware Park’s rose garden. They also run Liberty Hound, in the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park museum at Canalside.
Extensive renovations and kitchen work must be completed before the restaurant opens, Davidson said. The main kitchen will be overhauled, a catering kitchen added, and a bar installed. Hardwood floors and wainscoting will be installed in the new space, Davidson said, along with “new lighting, a new ceiling – pretty much everything on the second level.”
The restaurant will hold about 40 inside and 80 outside, weather permitting. He said he hopes the restaurant will be ready to open in January.
Lackawanna tacos: Cantina 62, a Mexican-American restaurant offering breakfast and lunch, has opened in Lackawanna.
Located in the former Route 62 Diner space at 2723 South Park Ave., it’s offering tacos for breakfast and lunch, plus eggs, pancakes and huevos rancheros. The menu also includes a double cheeseburger and a turkey sub.
It’s the first restaurant from Matthew Krupp, who was last general manager of The Lodge.
Asked why he chose to open a taco restaurant, he said: “I love tacos.” Street-style Mexican tacos aren’t well represented in the area, he said.
Cantina 62 is starting out small, with tacos of braised pork, cilantro lime chicken, seasoned ground beef, bean, and pan-seared cod with chipotle seasoning, he said. They can be ordered with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar and sour cream, or with shaved cabbage, radish, salsa fresca and cotija cheese.
He also expects to apply for a beer and wine license. Cantina 62 is open 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Krupp said, though he plans to expand its hours soon.
Howling Rooster moving: The Howling Rooster, a breakfast and lunch spot at 299 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda, is moving into the former Milano’s building on Englewood Avenue.
Owner Caren Paterniti said she’s bought the building at 529 Englewood Ave., about half a mile away. The Kenmore Avenue place will stay open until Nov. 27.
The new place will have the “same staff, same great cooks, and same great customers that have hung in with us through two years of construction on Kenmore Avenue,” she said.
Paterniti plans to open the new place by Dec. 1. The Kenmore Avenue Howling Rooster will serve lunch on Nov. 27, close, and then if all goes well open in the new spot on Englewood the next morning, Paterniti said.
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