New Restaurant in WNY Permanently Closes After Just Opening
Buffalo and Western New York are havens for local restaurants. Few places in the country prides itself on locally-owned restaurants and bars, like Buffalo does. That's not to say that national chains don't work here, but it's always a risk in the eyes of corporate food service companies because of the reputation the region has of emphasizing locally-owned places.
Pizza Hut briefly moved out of Western New York (before returning for to-go and delivery locations), while others such as Krispy Kreme came and went (failing to compete with Tim Hortons).
You don't immediately think of seafood when you say Buffalo but that's the cuisine that one national chain decided to test with a Blasdell location recently. It looks as if that did not work out.
According to the Google listing, the Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood bar on McKinley Pkwy in Blasdell is permanantly closed.
The location is no longer under New York on their company website as well.
News of Hook & Reel coming to Western New York made headlines in June of 2021, before opening in 2022. It offered up a unique style of cuisine and ambience to the region, but clearly wasn't successful enough early on to stay open.
That same area also just got a Chick-fil-A location, which opened up in the fall of 2022. The Wegmans and McKinley Mall plazas down the road, along with the I-90 being nearby, made it an obvious spot for retail or food service places.
Hook & Reel was in the same building that used to house Ruby Tuesday.