The rumors are true. The former Ya Ya Brewhouse has been leased by a new restaurateur by the name of Jay Haynes. Haynes grew up in the restaurant industry before taking a job at Bethlehem Steel. When the steel plant closed he returned to the restaurant industry and hints that the culmination of all of his experience has led him to this point. He is now prepared to take on the 8,300 square foot space with a concept that will showcase a 1000 bottle wine cellar, 28-tap beers, a meat drying-aging facility, two banquet rooms and an in-house stage for comedy, jazz and theatrical performances.
During a press conference, held moments ago, Haynes confirmed that he is excited to see work begin (in September) on the 600-block of Main Street - work that will return auto traffic to the street, with project completion anticipated one year from breaking ground. Haynes also stated that he is not worried that other restaurants have not succeeded in the Ya Ya location. "I've watched three other restaurants fail at this site over the past 17 years," he said. "And it motivates me to prove that the right restaurant, with the right concept and the right people can be a winner. Perfetto is going to be different from anything else in the Buffalo market. We are going to turn heads and build on the renaissance of Downtown Buffalo."
Perfetto would like to become a place where actors from the theater district will consider impromptu performances - something that would help to tie the venue into the theater community. Intermingled with fans of great craft brews, fine wines and food and a reinvigorated Downtown, Perfetto is well-positioned to create a concept that should be able to tap into the zeitgeist of Buffalo. After sitting empty since September 2005, there is a newfound hope that this long dormant brew pub space will be able to capture the imaginations of everyone who has been waiting for the hustle and bustle to return to Main Street.