The music is about to end at E.B. Green’s Steakhouse in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The downtown steakhouse, which for more than three decades has been the flagship restaurant at the Hyatt, will be replaced by high-end restaurant chain Morton’s Steakhouse, several sources have told The News.
The future of E.B. Green's is still uncertain. Known for its live piano music and a more than 10-year run as one of the country's top-rated independent steakhouses, the restaurant could move. Owner Snyder Corp. has been approached about relocating to a suburban location but is still considering options, sources said.
Morton's Steakhouse, a Texas-based chain, would be located in the same corner of the Hyatt hotel but would take up additional space with more employees, according to several sources.
Local real estate brokers and developers, as well as E.B. Green's and Hyatt employees, confirmed the changes. Representatives from hotel owner Snyder Corp. did not comment.
Morton's has been researching the Buffalo market for over a year looking for a place to locate.
One source, who used to work at the Hyatt and has spoken to several current employees, said Morton's will move into the space as a tenant. The restaurant will have a larger footprint than E.B. Green's, so it will take up all of that restaurant's space and then some. Employment is expected to grow, possibly doubling.
There is no official opening date for the new restaurant, but the company is eager to get in as soon as possible, sources said. The hotel is also evaluating additional different restaurant concepts for its atrium.
Paul Snyder, founder of Snyder Corp., built an addition to the Genesee Building and opened both the 396-room Hyatt Regency and E.B. Green's Restaurant in 1984.
Snyder has recently sought to reposition the hotel with millions of dollars of upgrades, including a new Starbucks in its atrium, renovation of hotel suites and expanding its spa.
Each year since 2003, E.B. Green's has been named to the Tom Horan America's Top 10 Club as one of the 10 best independent steakhouses in America. The restaurant has an open kitchen, mahogany walls and menu prices ranging from $13 for a burger to $69 for lobster thermidor. It's been a longtime favorite destination for live piano music, which, until recently, was performed by popular local musician Jackie Jocko.
Musician Jackie Jocko performed for years at E.B. Green's Steakhouse, shown here in 2012. (Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News)
E.B. Green's was named for Edward Brodhead Green, a Buffalo architect who designed both the Genesee Building, where the restaurant is located, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, as well as other well-known buildings around the city. In 1994, its name changed from E.B. Green's Restaurant to E.B. Green's Steakhouse. In advance of that, some of the Hyatt's and E.B. Green's staff drove to Cleveland to visit a Morton's steakhouse for inspiration. It spent $350,000 on new equipment and renovation and retrained the staff to make the transition to a steakhouse.
Morton’s is a high-end steakhouse chain that started in Chicago in 1978. They’re often located in retail, hotel, commercial and office buildings in major cities and urban centers, and they cater to business clients. It has 64 locations across the United States and nine more in Canada, Asia and Mexico. A Ruth's Chris Steakhouse had been considered for the E.B. Green's space, as well.
Snyder Corp. owns companies in the hospitality, travel and transportation industries, including We Care Transportation, Beaver Hollow Conference Center and the Biggest Loser Resort Niagara.