Roosevelt Plaza has become a hot spot in downtown Buffalo. Overwinter Coffee, Raclettes, Jerk's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream, and Misuta Chow's have all opened within a block of the small, triangular green space in the last three years, taking advantage of the nearby Hyatt and major employers like M&T Bank.
In June, Nik Fattey — a partner in Hamm & Fattey's Beer Co. in Hamburg — will open his own beer store/bottle shop/bar hybrid, at 5 Genesee St., next door to Overwinter.
The bar in Fattey Beer Co. will pour from 12 taps and offer flights (four 5-ounce pours, $10). The store as a whole will boast roughly 500 beers at any given time, with bottles lining shelves opposite the bar and placed in coolers toward the rear of the store. The average beer will cost $5 to $6, though some bottles will range as high as $12 to $15. For any bottle taken to go, the customer receives $1 off. Customers can build their own six or four packs, too.
"We're bringing in the best beers we can, and not necessarily by rating," said Fattey, the majority partner with Chris DiCesare as an investor and minority partner. "They are beers you won't be able to get anywhere else."
Fattey Beer Co. will imitate a hit in Hamburg: a 1940s Hotpoint vintage refrigerator will be packed with affordable classics such as Utica Club, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Genesee Kolsch and Genny Ruby Red, all available for $3 in house or $2 to go.
Fattey's decade of scouting for the Buffalo Sabres allowed him to try beers far and wide, sparking a passion that led to a partnership with Ben Hamm in 2017 to open the Hamburg store, which has kicked more than 1,000 kegs. Given the vast differences between the Village of Hamburg and downtown Buffalo, though, Fattey anticipates a new clientele.
"Working downtown [for years], I saw what was happening," said Fattey, whose stint as general manager of the Buffalo Beauts and as vice president and director of hockey for Harborcenter, before his resignation, planted him in the middle of the resurgence. "We're going to be right where [people are] working; they can come in at lunchtime to pick up something for after work." For those who stay in, 40 seats will be boosted by another 30 outdoors, in warm weather.
Five more things to know about Fattey Beer Co.
• Like many in the beer industry, Fattey began as a homebrewer while at SUNY Fredonia and intended to eventually open a brewery, but "everyone was brewing better than me," he admitted.
• Wildly popular in Hamburg, a mug club is planned for downtown. Customers receive two mugs, one for the wall and one to have in-hand.
• Fattey Beer Co. will be dog friendly, with a Yappy Hour tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoons.
• Board games, a TV for sporting events and complimentary popcorn will accentuate hangouts, as Fattey hopes for a "coffee shop vibe." For food, a meat-and-cheese plate, soft pretzels and doughnuts will be brought in from an outside vendor.
• Craft root beer will be available for those not of the legal age or abstaining from alcohol.
INFO: Fattey Beer Co., 5 Genesee St. Opening: June 2019.