Got a craving for Sinatra's lasagna? Just a few more weeks to go.
After months of construction, the new Sinatra's restaurant in the Village of Kenmore is slated to open in December, just before the holiday season and in time to greet its loyal customer base. That's the word from developer Nick Sinatra, who is building a three-story mixed-use building at 945 Kenmore Ave. that will feature the family restaurant that is run by his brother, Michael.
The 8,000-square-foot restaurant will occupy the first floor, after it moves across the street from its longtime location at 938 Kenmore Ave., just inside the City of Buffalo. The restaurant will also include a year-round patio area and a private dining room capable of seating up to 100 people.
"It's going to be beautiful. It's really going to be special," he said.
Meanwhile, the upper two floors of the new $5 million building will house 22 market-rate apartments. Those are expected to be completed in January, with leasing starting in February, Sinatra said – just slightly behind schedule.
But he's already getting "lots of interest" from restaurant customers from the neighborhood, many of whom he said are looking to downsize from their larger homes into an apartment, or are moving to Florida but want to retain an apartment here.
"Now we're going to be following up with people and get that general interest into more solidified discussions," Sinatra said. "We'd love to have our customers upstairs from us."
The apartment mix will include 10 one-bedroom units and 12 two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 950 to 1,200 square feet. Rents will vary between $995 and $1,295 per month, Sinatra said. All units have finishes such as granite countertops, hardwood floors, stainless-steel appliances and in-unit laundry, as well as large closets and open floor plans.
The upstairs corner units will have views up and down Kenmore, including toward St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and the University at Buffalo.
Once the new building opens, the old restaurant will be demolished and replaced with overflow parking.