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Restaurant notes: The Terrace, Joe's Deli, Risa's, Taza

The Terrace at Delaware Park, the new restaurant in the Marcy Casino, opened for dinner on March 30.

Restaurateurs Jason Davidson and Mike Shatzel are responsible for the restaurant in the top floor of the historic building, overlooking Hoyt Lake.

"Because of the history of the building, the view, and the location, there's definitely heightened expectations for quality and performance," Shatzel said.

[Gallery: The Terrace @ Delaware Park opens]

An extensive search for staff led the owners to Chef Nick Rada, formerly of The Oak Stave, who designed the menu and will run the kitchen, Shatzel said. Rada's wife Fan will manage the front of the house.

The Terrace is coming to the top floor of the Marcy Casino. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Former Vera bar manager Jason Wood designed the custom cocktail menu. There will be 16 beers on tap, and eight wines on tap, plus a selection of bottles.

Rada's menu includes dishes like pastrami-crusted seared tuna on pickled cabbage ($15), mussels in Allagash White beer or green Thai curry treatments ($14), a salad of crab, avocado and grapefruit ($15), a strip loin beef on weck ($15).

The Terrace bar will offer 16 beers on tap, eight wines and custom cocktails. (The Terrace)

Large plates include branzino ($24), skirt steak with chimichurri, fried potatoes and smoked paprika aioli ($25), and a Mediterranean Plate that includes tzatziki, babaganoush, hummus, grilled pita, chickpea salad, beef souvlaki, and marinated chicken, stuffed Greek peppers ($26).

Renovations to the building, at 199 Lincoln Parkway, include a new bar and hardwood floors. The restaurant was designed by Sara Fitzpatrick, Shatzel's sister.

New wood floors are among the changes to the Marcy Casino space. (The Terrace)

Marcy Casino, formerly known as Delaware Park Casino, was built for the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, following the design of architect E.B. Green. The building was extensively modernized in 1961, then restored to a style reflecting its earlier history in 1990.

Wedding banquets and other private functions will continue in the building's lower level.

The bar will open at 4 p.m. March 30, with the kitchen starting at 5 p.m. Serving ends at 9:30 p.m. Next week, lunch starts Tuesday, when the hours will become 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Phone: 886-0089.

Joe's Deli to Amherst: Joe's Deli is opening its third location on Maple Road in Amherst.

The sandwich shop will take over the former Risa's space at 714 Maple Road, in the Maple Forest Plaza, the company announced on its Facebook page. The opening should be in May.

"We feel like we have a pretty good following in the city, so we wanted to grow, and we have a great team assembled that we wanted to grow with us," said owner Joseph Lyons. "So we're opening in the Northtowns as our first step of hopefully a few more."

The Southtowns would be the logical next step, he said.

Joe's Deli opened in 2006 at 1322 Hertel Ave., the building that was formerly Mastman’s Deli. Buffalo Catering Company followed, then a second location at 534 Elmwood Ave., which opened in 2013 with a full bar.

The Amherst location will be like the Hertel location, with the main Joe's Deli menu, its own specials, serving wine and local craft beer on tap, he said.

Risa's, which ended service in the space on  March 31, remains open at its 285 Delaware Ave. location in downtown Buffalo.

Transit Road rotisserie: Taza, a restaurant specializing in Peruvian rotisserie chicken and Lebanese dishes, opened March 30 in East Amherst.

The restaurant, at 9370 Transit Road, features a chicken rotisserie and a smoothie and juice bar. Lebanese offerings include hummus, falafel, kafta and grilled lamb.

Inaya Khalil and her husband Moussa operated a Lebanese restaurant in Virginia. That's where she got a taste for Peruvian chicken, common in carryout restaurants there. It's marinated in lime juice, garlic, cumin and other spices before getting a ride on the rotisserie.

The Khalils decided it went well with hummus, tabouli and other Lebanese dishes, and the idea for their restaurant was born, she said. "I'd be driving home with Lebanese food, and I'd drive by a Peruvian spot and say, I have to grab a chicken," she said. "It made such a perfect meal."

A chicken with four side dishes and pita bread is $24.

She has applied for a beer and wine license for their 40-seat restaurant. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Phone: 276-8080.

Taza, which opened March 30, also offers a smoothie and juice bar. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

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