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Burning Buffalo restaurant sets opening on Hertel Avenue

The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill on Hertel Avenue, in the former Shadow Lounge space, will open to the public Dec. 16.

The restaurant, 1504 Hertel Ave., now offers much more draft beer, with 16 taps, said George Kotsis, an owner. What’s no longer offered is a regular schedule of live music, ending the building’s run as a music venue.

The goal is to offer a neighborhood bar and grill “with elevated pub fare, craft cocktails and craft beers with the focus on local,” said Kotsis. It’ll seat about 80 people plus 15 at the bar. The other owners are his brother, Nicholas Kotsis, Seth Stromberg and Gretchen Gonzalez.

Starting Dec. 16, George Kotsis said, the place will open at 3 p.m. with a full menu, served until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Plans are to add lunch in a few weeks.

Chef Chris Silverstein’s menu includes tavern standards like wings and fish fries, plus starters like cornmeal blinis with smoked trout and queso fresco ($12), fried carrots and parsnips served with remoulade ($9) and biscuits stuffed with barbecued beef ($9).

Sandwiches include a club sandwich ($13) with smoked turkey, bacon and stuffed banana peppers, and a buffalo burger ($14). Entrees include bison meatloaf with cheddar-chive potatoes and stout gravy ($20) and grill-pressed chicken with creamy jack polenta, haricot verts and shallot butter ($18).

Kotsis said three of the owners live only blocks away. “We just think there is no better place to invest in our futures than where we live,” he said. “We’re excited to join the Hertel business community.” Phone: 259-9060.

Opening menu:

The opening menu for The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill.

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