Morton's open: Morton’s The Steakhouse opened its new location inside the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel on Oct. 26.
“We are thrilled to join the Buffalo community and look forward to offering guests an unrivaled dining experience with the finest cuts of beef in a sophisticated, dynamic atmosphere,” said Tim Whitlock, senior vice president of operations.
The steakhouse, at 2 Fountain Plaza, has been extensively renovated. "Glamorous, black patent crocodile leather booths occupy the dining room," Morton's said in a release.
"The glow of decorative glass within tiered light fixtures sparkle and reflect off smoked mirror columns. The restaurant boasts a sleek color palette featuring a mix of grey, black, brown and gold accents."
Morton’s The Steakhouse opened its first location in Chicago in 1978 and now boasts 78 locations worldwide. Read Emeri Krawczyk's Starters post below:
Anchor Bar Niagara Falls: Two of the region's world-renowned names will be joined next month when the Anchor Bar opens its first Niagara Falls location.
The famed Buffalo chicken wing outlet will open in a 5,000-square-foot space in the Holiday Inn at 114 Buffalo Ave.
If all goes as planned, the restaurant will open Nov. 16, said Mark Dempsey, Anchor Bar's vice president of franchising and marketing. The hotel is owned by the Meriani Hotel Group.
The restaurant will seat about 200 people. It will be the first Anchor Bar outlet besides the airport spot to include a full breakfast menu.
Pancakes, waffles, bananas Foster French toast and yogurt parfaits will be on the menu, along with omelets. "We'll have a chicken wing omelet as well," said Dempsey. That number is packing shredded chicken, Anchor Bar hot sauce and blue cheese, he noted.
Wings, fries, pizza, beef on weck and the rest of the standard Anchor Bar menu will be available. Like the original location, there will be license plates and awards plaques everywhere.
Niagara Falls Vietnamese: A new Vietnamese restaurant with an extensive menu of soups and other authentic cuisine opened on Niagara Falls' Pine Avenue in September.
Pho Golden, 3004 Pine Ave., offers one of the broadest arrays of Vietnamese dishes in the area. The space was last Pita Bros.
Owner Ly Vo is from Vietnam, said his son, Huy Vo. Pho Golden is their first restaurant. They decided to open there because after research, they found little Vietnamese cuisine in the Niagara Falls area. "We thought it was a good business decision to open one here."
The menu includes the usual phos, beef noodle soups in two sizes with add-ins ranging from rare beef to seafood medley, ($8.95-$11.95). There's bun, rice noodle bowls topped with fresh cucumber and herbs, with add-ons from grilled sausage to a combination of grilled shrimp, grilled shrimp sausage, grilled pork, grilled pork sausage and an egg roll ($8.95-$11.95).
Less common are dishes like bun bo hue, spicy lemongrass noodle soup with beef and pork ($9.95) and bo bua, a soft roll filled with Chinese sausage, eggs, pickled carrot and jicama ($4.95).
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 215-6151.
(Hat tip: Eva Nicklas)
Mexican on Niagara: A Mexican restaurant has taken over the Niagara Street space that was Ranchos Latin Food, Buffalo's only Venezuelan place.
But fans of Venezuelan food should be cheered by the news that the new operation at 1516 Niagara St., Taqueria Rancho la Delicias, will continue to supply Venezuelan favorites in addition to Mexican fare.
Owner Saul Sanchez said that the Venezuelan best-sellers - arepas, patacon plantain beef sandwiches, and corn-shelled empanadas – will be for sale.
That's in addition to the Mexican taco lineup ($2.50-$5), with fresh salsa bar, tortas ($8) and Mexican plates like chicken enchiladas in salsa verde ($11.99).
Midtown Kitchen closed: Midtown Kitchen closed last week after owners decided to turn it into an event site.
The restaurant and nightclub opened at 451 Elmwood Ave. in May 2016.
“Starting on November 1, 2017, MTK Elmwood will be exclusively used as event space,” said a note posted to its website. “Expect the same atmosphere but a brand new concept.”
Genesee space open: Restaurateur Martin Danilowicz won't open a second place in downtown Buffalo as previously planned.
The ground floor space at 5-7 Genesee St. is awaiting a new suitor, owner Steve Carmina told the city Planning Board last week.
Carmina, an architect with Carmina Wood Morris, worked with developer Roget Trettel and others to rehabilitate the buildings, which face the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Convention Center. Last year Carmina indicated the space would be occupied by a Danilowicz effort.
Danilowicz continues to operate Roost, his successful urban restaurant at 1502 Niagara St.
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