News dropped Saturday that E.B. Green's, which served from inside the Hyatt Regency for more than three decades, would soon be replaced by Texas-based chain Morton's Steakhouse. E.B. Green's future is still undetermined, as hotel owner Snyder Corp. did not comment in the article.
Whether it's from Jackie Jocko's piano brilliance or the behemoth tomahawk steak, E.B. Green's has become a beloved fixture in Buffalo's dining scene. We dug back through The News' archives to chart a 20-year timeline of the steakhouse's impact.
April 1994: E.B. Green's Restaurant to evolve into E.B. Green's Steakhouse
"'We've researched this concept for a long time; we even put a bunch of us in a car and drove to Cleveland to Morton's,' said Hyatt general manager Paul Verciglio, a reference to the well-known Chicago-based steakhouse chain."
Read Phil Fairbanks' and Rick Stouffer's report on E.B. Green's Steakhouse's opening.
April 29, 1994: Beefing up: E.B. Green's knows its steak
"That New York Strip was magnificent -- God bless America! It tasted the way steak used to taste before the USDA started fooling around with grades," wrote Janice Okun in her first review of E.B. Green's.
July 1997: Lounge wizard: Jackie Jocko is Buffalo's magic
"Friends follow him, people who have known him for decades. Wealthy out-of-towners fly in for the weekend just to catch his act. Waiters and waitresses pause to laugh at his antics. Guests linger, agog, in the lounge entrance," wrote Mary Kunz Goldman in her feature on Jocko, the piano player capturing hearts in E.B. Green's.
January 1999: The whole herd: Bigger is better at E.B. Green's
"You get this message as soon as you are seated. Your server wheels over to your table a tray full of Saran-wrapped meat. 'This,' the server says, staggering slightly as she lifts it, 'is our Double Filet (14 ounces, $33). This is our Veal Chop (18 ounces, $26). This is our Double Porterhouse (48 ounces and the only main dish meant for two people, $49),'" wrote Okun in her second review.
Read Janice Okun's second review of E.B. Green's.
January 2002: High-protein diet is always in fashion at E.B. Green's
"E.B. Green's, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, is a steakhouse in the grand tradition. The meat is the kind of stuff some people write poetry about, and the rest of the food is high quality, too," wrote Okun in her third review.
Read Okun's third review of E.B. Green's.
March 2005: A cut above: E.B. Green's sticks to what it does best
"Customers enter to a small sophisticated lounge, where, if they are lucky, Jackie Jocko is at the piano. It's all very sophisticated, very much like the old 'Thin Man' movies that you can still catch on television now and then. Think ice-cold martinis; think Myrna Loy," wrote Okun in her fourth review.
Read Okun's fourth review of E.B. Green's.
November 2012: Intimate lounge in E.B. Green's is low-key, relaxing
"Jocko's grand piano is one of many elegant touches in the rectangular-shaped lounge. A low, gleaming bar seats about 10. Cozy round tables with comfy chairs are perfect for two and can seat four. There's only one small TV on a wall near the bar. While it's usually tuned to a game, it's refreshing to notice that the majority of people are facing each other or Jocko, not the TV," wrote Toni Ruberto.
Read Ruberto's full coverage of E.B. Green's lounge.
November 2015: At E.B. Green's, veteran steakhouse provides average meal
"My steak, the 22-ounce porterhouse ($49), looked good arriving, with crosshatched grill marks and a tuft of tobacco onions. It was pink inside, as requested, but lacked the searing or judicious charring of a great steak. The beef was average, not thrillingly tender or admirably tender, which are my hallmarks of a successful $40 steak," wrote Andrew Galarneau in his first dining review of E.B. Green's.
March 2016: Jackie Jocko plays on despite loss of drummer partner Joe Peters
"[Joe] Peters had a low-key charm. He loved to socialize and all his life he was a graceful dancer, with polished ballroom moves. His quiet personality was a remarkable contrast to the ebullient Jocko.
Still, listeners knew they were in the presence of a master drummer. Musicians stopped to admire his technique. Once, in the lounge of E.B. Green’s, comedian Mark Russell joshed Jocko: 'You’re lucky you’ve got Joe Peters, honey. He saves your act!,'" wrote Mary Kunz Goldman.
Read Goldman's coverage of the impact of Joe Peters and Jocko's tribute.
February 2017: E.B. Green's to be replaced by Morton's Steakhouse
"Known for its live piano music and a more than 10-year run as one of the country's top-rated independent steakhouses, [E.B. Green's] could move. Owner Snyder Corp. has been approached about relocating to a suburban location but is still considering options, sources said," writes Samantha Christmann.
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