Buffalo Batman has shined his light over the City of Good Neighbors for more than seven years. His goodwill efforts, selfless anonymity and consistency have moved restaurant owners, medical institutions and the homeless population, and few know who he is. We'll respect his privacy.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the local Batman has been in motion, dropping off money to Misuta Chow's, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month. Acropolis owner Paul Tsouflidis says he left an envelope of money for the workers who were still employed after cuts.
Reached through a now inactive social media account, Buffalo Batman delivered the following statement.
"I just want to try to brighten the days of people who might feel like all is lost in times of uncertainty — coronavirus or not," he wrote. "I am grateful for life even in its darkest form and maybe good deeds can spark a light in others moving forward. At the very least, it makes people understand that random acts of kindness will exist no matter what life throws at you."
It's not the first time Batman has popped up in the Elmwood Village, as Tsouflidis mentioned Batman has been active in the past, leaving $100 tips on small checks. During the holidays and when he delivers toys to the pediatric unit at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo Batman dons proper superhero attire. At most other instances, he goes incognito.
"He shows an enormous amount of love to our sick children in hospitals during the holiday season and also to the hospitality workforce throughout our city in times of need," Tsouflidis said.
Buffalo Batman is not to be confused with Buffalo's Best Batman (William Lorenz Jr.), who also does charity work and was written about previously by Buffalo Rising.
Nut milk on a mission
The medical field is under intense pressure and stress, and an Elma-based company — with a significant national presence — aims to set a precedent in helping out that section of the workforce.
On Tuesday, Elmhurst 1925, which specializes in plant-based milks, delivered and donated a pallet of its nut milks to Roswell Park, with 816 packaged 32-ounce nut and grain milks, which are dairy free and offer the nutritional value of cashews, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts, among others, in beverage form.
Referring to the "valiant efforts" of health care professionals as the fight against Covid-19 intensifies, Elmhurst 1925 chief managing officer Pete Truby wrote: "We also invite other companies in Western New York to join us in helping to 'pay it forward' to these courageous health care workers by donating what they can."
Cantina Loco, the Mexican American taqueria in Allentown, was another food-and-drink business that was generous to medical professionals, offering 50% off takeout orders, and Fresh Catch Poke Co. gave free delivery to a hospital in Newfane.
[Read more: Part I of the City of Good Neighbors series]
Tacos for the unemployed
Several businesses, such as Kabab & Curry and Clay Handi, are looking out for the recently unemployed who have felt the sudden economic impact of the crisis more than others.
Add La Divina Mexican Store, at 2896 Delaware Ave. in Kenmore, as another outlet for support. The taqueria is offering a small free meal for those impacted by recent loss of work.
"I want to help those families and even single individuals to feel less stress and to know we are here for them," said Yeslin Kimball, La Divina's owner. She added that her business has produce to give away, too, if needed, and she's also able to have free meals delivered to the elderly.
"The Buffalo community is incredible, it is really the City of Good Neighbors," she said. Kimball said customers should call 447-8989 or visit the restaurant.