While Mike A’s Steakhouse (see photos) got off to a busy start this past week, not many people realized that the Pan American Grill and Brewery, also located in the Hotel Lafayette, had a soft opening. It was on Thursday evening that we decided to stop in to grab a beer and see what the place looked like. The last time that I had been through, The Pan Am was just starting to come into its own, and it was clear that we were going to have another restaurant destination on our hands.
Much like the Pearl Street Brewery (owner Earl Ketry’s other venture) The Pan Am is massive. Also similar to Pearl Street, the grill and brewery has a number of different arrangements for accommodating guests – one side of the business features a long rustic bar with tables and a second floor that overlooks the main room. The other side (the former Tap Room) features an even longer bar and two distinct dining rooms separated by a lounge with an enormous fireplace. The attention to detail is astounding (see why), and if you didn’t know any better you would think that The Pan Am had been around circa 1901.
An update on Facebook posted on Wednesday gives us a clue as to what sort of menu we can expect:
What are you doing for lunch today? Check out The Pan American Grill & Brewery at the newly restored Hotel at The Lafayette …How about a fresh hand-pulled roasted chicken sandwich smothered in our housemade BBQ sauce and Muenster cheese with a tangy chipotle mayo? Or a fresh made Cajun and lemon seasoned Atlantic salmon patty on a toasted chiabatta roll with a lemon-scallion mayo? Wash it down with a nice amber ale…
Pan American Grill and Brewery
391 Washington St.,
Buffalo, NY 14203