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Kevin O'Connell Jr. to open restaurant on Delaware

Restaurants are generally open rain or shine, or even snow. But at least the owners of one of the city's newest fine-dining eateries will know what to expect, or where to find out.

Kevin O'Connell Jr., son of WGRZ Chief Meteorologist Kevin O'Connell, is working with a fellow hospitality veteran to open the Greystone Restaurant. The 45-seat "white-tablecloth" establishment will be located in the former home of Snooty Fox Lounge at 445 Delaware Ave.

The new restaurant, which will include a bar, will be open for lunch Wednesdays through Sundays, for dinners Wednesday night through Saturday night, and for Sunday brunch.

O'Connell and partner George Mintzer have signed a lease with Salvatore Buscaglia, owner of the former Snooty Fox, and the city Planning Board this week recommended approval of a special-use permit.

O'Connell once owned a bistro and restaurant in Kenmore, before moving to Los Angeles and operating restaurants there. He recently moved back home. Mintzer, also a Buffalo native, worked with Four Seasons and Walt Disney Co. outside of Buffalo.

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"Like many we are drawn back to the beautiful weather and wonderful city," Mintzer said. "We are really excited about the wonderful project that we've put together and reusing the structure that is there."

The Planning Board this week also:

  • Backed a special-use permit for Dennis Maher to operate a nonprofit art gallery and cultural facility for "underserved populations" in a former church building at 150 Edward St.
  • Supported a special-use permit for Jesse Crouse to convert a vacant part of an automotive building at 202 Rhode Island St. into a coffee roastery with a tasting room.
  • Recommended approval for a special-use permit for James P. Kennedy to re-establish a restaurant and outdoor patio in a former tavern at 317 Hopkins St. that he and a partner are buying.
  • Backed the transfer of air rights over Goodrich Street to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to allow for construction of a bridge from the fourth floor of the new parking ramp to the second floor of the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.
  • Accepted an environmental review for a proposed "planned unit development" project at the former Schoellkopf Ice House and Power House site at 229 Elk and 83 Lee streets.
  • Accepted an environmental review statement for Whitesand Family LP's proposed nine-unit apartment building at 229 West Utica St. The owner is seeking variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday.
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