Chef’s Amherst location is official, with a signed lease on Sheridan Drive.
But don’t tie on your spaghetti bibs just yet.
“It’s a ways off,” said Chef’s owner Louis Billittier Jr. Plans for what exactly will go inside the 3,000-square-foot space are under discussion, he said.
“We’re going to come out with a whole different concept,” he said. It’ll still be Chef’s food, but “this isn’t going to be a standard sit-down restaurant.”
When the design is final, he’ll be making an announcement, Billittier said. “Right now, it’s up in the air. We have a couple of different options we’re looking at.”
Once the design work is finished, there’s the matter of demolition, then building out the new space, he noted. “We’re not going to see anything before June, July, August, somewhere in there,” Billittier said. “So it’s really premature to say anything.”
The space in question is in the plaza at Sheridan and International drives, whose outbuildings include Black & Blue Steak & Crab.
Interest in a second Chef’s location is high because of the restaurant’s place in Buffalo dining history. The original, at 291 Seneca St., was founded in 1923. Bought by former dishwasher Lou Billittier in the 1950s, it is now run by his son Lou Jr. and daughter Mary Beth.
One of the oldest restaurants in the city, Chef's is known for its iconic spaghetti parm, developed by Billittier’s father with Dave Thomas, former host of Rocketship 7. It’s also one of the largest, seating about 325.
“I’d like to get it done as soon as possible,” said Billittier. “Unfortunately, it’s a ways off.”
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