Gone are the days of the Elmwood Lounge. Well, sort of. The new owner of the restaurant, Mike Milkie, is in the process of updating the interior while keeping the familiar retro lounge much as it was. “These days it’s all about the food,” Mike told me as he paged through a scrapbook filled with photos of his past restaurant endeavors. “There was a time when I ran ten restaurants at once in Buffalo. I look back at all of this history and think to myself, “Did I really do all of that?””. He did. He did “All of that” and more. I stopped Mike as he paged to a photo of himself standing beside Marlo Thomas. “Can you put that photo in the article?” he asked, smiling. “Of course,” I answered (see photo below).
I agree with most comments here. Keep the name Elmwood Lounge, or come up with something better than Milkie's.......not a very appealing name for a restaurant.
I have eaten at Milkie's a few times since they opened and really like the food. The flatbreads are tasty and homemade hummus is the best. Keep up the good work!
I ate at the Elmwood Lounge one day earlier this year for the fish dinner, and the fish was just ok but the fries are the best fries I've ever had, crisp golden brown on the outside and white and fluffy on the inside, maybe it was because we were the only ones there and the oil was really hot. So keep the old fryer.
As someone who just moved to town three years ago, I have no nostalgia for the Elmwood Lounge. I live a less than five minute walk from there and I never once considered going in let alone eating there. It appeared to be run down and dirty. And there never was anyone in there except for a few old men drinking and smoking. So I am happy about the change.
If truly cleaned up with an improved food menu, I will give it a try. Mike spoke to me briefly while I was walking by the other day. He was sweeping the sidewalk, which was never done before that I saw, and told me about the changes. He was a very nice gentleman and I wish him luck.
This was one of the few places in Buffalo one could find eggs Benedict, which is much more common in Rochester.
Congrats on the purchase, Mike! Any chance you'll keep eggs Benedict on the menu--?
I agree--keep the name. Jeuge the interiors, keep the retro and improve the food. You'd have a winning combination.
You can't recreate that kitsch.....it's precious.
There are few places a new owner should keep the old name. This is one of them and also The Royal Pheasant.
I'm sorry but the mirrors have to go. It's a great space, but feels like a strip club, without the best part!
Get some good food and acts, and the people will follow.
Best of luck!