The restaurateurs behind three Griffon Gastropubs around Buffalo are returning to their hometown to open a fourth restaurant.
Edward Webster and Ken Scibetta are taking over 810 Center St., the former Macri's space on Lewiston's main drag.
This one will be called Griffon House. The menu will include influences from Asia and elsewhere in the world, but the dishes will be different, Scibetta said.
[Read: 100 taps and interesting food at Clarence Griffon (2015 review)]
"It'll be a smaller, more focused menu, with as much locally-sourced ingredients as possible, smaller plates for sharing and a couple of entrees," he said. "Sexy modern in an old world charm setting." Instead of scores of choices, 15-20 items all told, "lots of apps, shareable food, a couple of entrees."
Since it is still a Griffon, there will be 50 taps of draft beer, as well as custom cocktails with housemade ingredients.
The Griffon partners started with the Lewiston Village Pub, opening the first Griffon, 2470 Military Road, in 2013. Clarence's 100-tap outpost at 5445 Transit Road followed in 2015, and the 70-tap East Aurora location, 634 Main St., followed in 2017.
The Lewiston building should hold about 60 diners, including about 10 at the bar, and its parking lot will hold 25 to 30 cars. What was the Clarkson House restaurant for decades, should open as Griffon House by August, Scibetta said.
"We always felt when we closed the Pub to focus on Griffon Gastropub that a piece of our hearts was left in Lewiston," said Scibetta. "We can't wait to show Lewiston how we have grown over the years."
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