During the pandemic, we lost many great restaurants and bars here in Buffalo and Western New York. But with every loss, there is an opportunity for growth. Now, there are quite a few new spots that have opened up and have amazing food and beer (there's one brewery on the list). Many of the restaurants are expansions of already established spots, some are brand new to us.

1. Casa Azul
191 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

This new location is a replacement for the original location at 128 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14203, which closed at the end of November.  The restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Zina Lapi.

 

Casa Azul's menu offers dishes like Queso Fundido, Crab and Avocado Tostadas, Beef Barbacoa Tacos, and Housemade Mole. You can check out the full menu, which may change with the new location, here.

While respecting tradition and values, we combine creativity and innovation. With every dish, every spirit, and every cocktail you'll experience a clear glimpse of the past, present, and future. We thrive off being daring but welcome the familiar—leaving something for everyone to enjoy! ~ Casa Azul

2. BB.Q Chicken
1400 Millersport Hwy, Williamsville, NY 14221

The Korean-owned restaurant will open inside the Triad Apartment building. It serves up a variety of crispy chicken flavors, Kimchi fried rice, and American favorites like onion rings and cheese sticks.

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3. Twin Petrels Seltzery
1250 Niagara St. Buffalo NY 14204

This new seltzer taproom, which is expected to open in the summer of 2022, will be located at Resurgence Brewery's former Niagara Street location. It will feature craft seltzers and serve up cocktails as well. Not much else is known about Twin Petrels Seltzery (its Facebook page is private right now), but the space will be able to accommodate around 100 people.

4. The Grange Outpost
4236 N Buffalo Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127

The Grange Community Kitchen will be expanding to Orchard Park. According to an announcement on Instagram,

With The Grange & West Rose as their foundation, owners Brad + Caryn have decided to expand their pastry production kitchen to Orchard Park, NY.

 

The Grange Outpost continues their commitment to utilize goods obtained from local farmers and producers, focusing on seasonality and quality.

 

The Outpost will be grab & go counter service offering house-made pastries, desserts, espresso, and food, all with convenience & consistently in mind!

On-line ordering, catering, and cakes (wedding too!) are all going to be available & customizable!

5. Cookies & Cream on Elmwood
929 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

This new location, which is currently open, is Cookie & Cream's third. Anyone from Buffalo knows that Elmwood is a great location as there are tons of residences in the area and lots of foot traffic. It serves up hard ice cream, soft serve, cookies, sundaes, and more.

6. Sophia's Restaurant
715 Military Rd, Buffalo, NY 14216

Sophia's will be expanding in 2022. It will take over the former Catch 22 Bar and Grill location, which will expand its space. Sophia's is now open for brunch from 7 am to 2 pm on Sundays.

7. Hombre y Lobo
149 Swan Street Suite 1, Buffalo, NY 14203

Meaning man and wolf in Spanish, Hombre y Lobo is located where the old Black Button Distilling was. Owner Ryan DiFranco was inspired to open the Mexican cantina based on his travels to Mexico,

It all began with a single taco. and a Trip to Mexico Originally from Niagara Falls, Ryan DiFranco, spent much of his career working with the shakers in the industry; chefs and restaurant owners in L.A, Colorado, Mexico, Italy (he's REALLY Italian), Chile, and many others. It's these travels that helped create his reputation for food that hits the heart EVERY DANG TIME you eat it (like your Nonna's). It's a modern take on traditional cuisine.

You can enjoy tacos, plantains, and even grasshoppers! Check out the menu here.

8. New York Beer Project
Winward Road
New York Beer Project plans on opening a new nine-acre location not too far from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. It has two locations currently in Lockport and Victor. Its current menu offers burgers, sandwiches, pizza and wings. The new location is expected to open in 2023. You can view the menu here.

Step into an amazing venue, designed to resemble an old Brewing Warehouse in New York City.

9. Zio's Deli & Heroes
1055 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
Zio's serves hot and cold heroes, along with side and soup.

Zio’s will be a modern take on an Italian deli and sandwich shop located in the heart of the Buffalo Elmwood Village.

10. Ike and BG's Restaurant
1646 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211
A popular Buffalo BBQ and soul food spot opened its second location downtown. Ike and BG's Restaurant, located at 1646 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211, opened a second location at 56 Niagara Street, near Niagara Square on Wednesday, October 13. The menu features Ike and BG's signature items, like BBQ ribs, mac and cheese, and chicken. You can check out Ike and BG's restaurant's website for its full menu.

11. Big Big Table
272 Hudson St, Buffalo, NY 14201
Big Big Table allows diners to pay what they are able to for their meal. Customers can also pay more to help cover someone else's meal.

Big Big Table, Inc. is a Community Café -- a pay-as-you can lunchtime restaurant, focused on addressing hunger, reducing food waste, and building community. Our mantra is: Everybody eats. Everybody gives. Everybody matters.

12. The Beer Keep
1002 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
There's a new beer-themed restaurant open in Elmwood Village in Buffalo. The Beer Keep is located where Ashker's was located, 1002 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. The restaurant is owned by a collaborative group of Buffalonians - Cory Muscato, Patrick Galante, Aaron Ketry, and Briana and Daniel Hunter, who also own the Breezy Burrito Bar.

The Beer Keep is open for service Tuesdays through Sundays. The bar features 10 taps that will rotate selections. You can also purchase 4-packs and other beer options,

Crack into a massive selection of cans and 10 rotating taps featuring everything from special releases to your favorite lagers poured from the only side-pull taps in town. Shop a trove of hard-to-find 4-packs and easy-sipping standbys.

13. Flaco Taco
4211 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Yum! Orchard Park has a new spot to enjoy delicious tacos and Tex-Mex cuisine. Flaco Taco, located at 4211 North Buffalo Road, opened this week. It's hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 9 pm. The menu boats tacos, ceviche, guacamole, nachos, and 2o types of salsa. It's owned by Nik Fattey, who also owns Fattey Beer Company, and Chris Discere.

Stop in for a cocktail on the patio or grab a taco, nacho or one of our 20 fresh salsas to go. Follow @flaco.ftc for all the latest news including special offerings and hours. We are located right across the street from Fattey Beer Orchard Park!

 

14. Pressure Drop Brewing
The new location may be in North Buffalo (they tagged that location in their Facebook announcement about it, but no address has been announced yet.

Pressure Drop Brewing opened its Buffalo brewery in 2017 after years of brewing, both at home and at a craft brewery, out west. It’s this West Coast inspiration, combined with our beloved East Coast location, that shapes our craft beer.

15. Bocce Club Pizza
6235 Goodrich Rd, Clarence Center, NY 14032
A Buffalo pizza staple, Bocce has expanded to Clarence. People who don't know the story often wonder why it's called Bocce Club Pizza,

Upon returning from WWII my Dad, Dino Pacciotti, started working at the Bocce Club on Hickory St in Buffalo. The club had bocce ball courts in the yard and served drinks & sandwiches inside. In 1946, Mr. Pacciotti seized the opportunity to purchase the club. He soon found an old pizza oven in the basement and started experimenting. He formulated his own unique pizza recipe and Bocce Club Pizza was born.

16. The Polked Yolk
227 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052
It looks like Main Street in East Aurora will be getting a new breakfast spot as a popular restaurant opens its third location. The East Aurora Village Board sent The Polked Yolk's application to assume ownership of a building on Main Street to the Planning Commission. The Polked Yolk wants to take over the location, at 227 Main Street, which was previously home to another restaurant, Mikey Dee’s Cafe. The restaurant closed a couple of months ago and the owner would like to sell the building to the owners of the Polked Yolk. The new restaurant would serve both breakfast and lunch from 7 am to 3 pm daily. The owners of the Polked Yolk, James and Kristyn Vaughan, hope to have it open soon. They are hiring for the East Aurora locations, so that sounds like things are moving along. They currently have two locations - 3100 Transit Road in West Seneca and 3698 Abbott Road in Orchard Park.

The Polked Yolk gives diners the option of creating their own omelets. They also offer classic dishes like homemade hash & eggs, biscuits & gravy, and all-American burgers. You can check out the full menu here.

17. Papi Grande's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
Ohio Street
The new location isn't a reality yet, but Papi's did file for a liquor license with New York State for 301 Ohio St. There's river-side seating at the location. Papi's serves up nachos, tacos, quesadillas, and other authentic Mexican cuisines.

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