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Katsu Mart

Earlier this summer I posted on a new market opening on Amherst Street called Katsu Mart. At the time there wasn’t a ton of information to share, although one of the guys remodeling the interior did provide me with some insight. At first I was under the impression that the Japanese-owned deli might carry some American-Asian items, but it turns out that the market specializes primarily on American deli favorites such as turkey-bacon wrap, pastrami provolone panini, corned beef Reuben, meat and cheese Kaiser, and there’s even a Katsu corn dog. While I must admit that I was hoping for an Asian twist, Katsu Mart will probably be a big hit on Amherst Street since it offers traditional American favorites. 

The first thing that I must say about Katsu Mart is that it is super clean and organized. In fact, I’ve never seen a deli-market where the items on the shelves or kept in baskets lined with white cloth napkins. The bags of chips and candy bars are neatly organized and displayed as if they were hand placed. The bottles of juices and soft drinks in the coolers are even carefully arranged. I spoke to store manager Mike Brooks who told me that the market owner’s intentions are to attract students from Buffalo State College, along with people from the neighborhood. “We offer all sorts of everyday supplies for the students,” Mike told me. “We serve breakfast and Western sandwiches all day long, and we’ve applied for a beer license so that we can carry craft beers. The owner of the market plans on opening three of these markets in Buffalo… this is the first location. The second one will be at the corner of Carolina and 10th Street. Then the third market will be on Main Street towards downtown. The intention is to have great deli sandwiches, well kept storefronts, and everyday items that will attract people from the neighborhood.”
Katsu Mart is open seven days a week from 7am to 4pm (or 5pm depending on the day). Offerings also include bagels, breakfast burrito, turkey club, tuna melt, hummus wrap, chicken Caesar wrap, chicken quesadilla… there’s also a kid’s meal. Coffee is served, as is Numi tea. A couple of café tables are set up for customers by the front windows, so that they can relax and enjoy the coffee and deli selections. The market items on the shelves might appear to be a bit sparse at this stage in the game, but I’m betting that the longterm plan is to focus on the deli sandwiches and the craft beers. 
Katsu Mart
448 Amherst Street
Buffalo NY

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • junebugg

    I’ve stopped in there a couple times for sandwiches,basically because I didn’t want to deal with the craziness of Wegmans. Good food, fast ,friendly service,I’m goin’ back.

  • Buffalo_Resurrection

    It is refreshing to see a nice, clean and bright deli in the City of Buffalo as I always wondered why Buffalo didn’t offer the “Green Grocery” type stores like they have in Toronto.
    I know; Buffalo is not Toronto but still…
    Considering that huge chains are not contusive to larger city neighborhoods and all I tend to see are the dumpy corner stores that will probably go out of business now that Twinkies will no longer be manufactured.
    However, such “convenience stores” may be more reflective of the neighborhoods that they are located in as ghettos are created by the individuals who inhabit them.
    Buffalo needs more Guercio type stores with fresh produce and deli meats instead of pre-packaged junk food chartering to a clientele of obesity related health problems.

  • Mark_Hitchcock

    If you are looking for an egg sandwich, this is one of the best in buffalo!

  • DTK2OD

    As someone with a slight case of OCD, I can definitely appreciate the clean, neat, and uncluttered look of this place. I grabbed lunch here several times over the summer and was impressed with how much I got for the price. What a wonderful business model! I wish them nothing but success at all three of their locations. Living in the Heights, there are so many corner stores tucked away on residential streets that could become real assets to an already walkable neighborhood if they were filled with businesses like this.

  • M-Rodgers

    If, by Carolina and Tenth, they meant the old West Side Market at Carolina and JP – come on – let’s get this done!

  • brownteeth

    It’s nice to see those details put into a small corner store. I like the idea of selling craft beers too. Does that mean they won’t sell malt liquor or 40’s and 22’s? At the corner store by me (Georgia St. Deli) where they sell those beers and single cans of beer they basically attract the vagrants from the area who buy one beer at a time and consume it about 50′ away in the pocket park, Prospect Church steps or Hutch Tech parking lot. It really has contributed to some issues in my ‘hood as well as litter.
    I hope this market proves that you don’t have to sell cheap beer to make a profit. It would behoove deli’s like the one in my ‘hood to sell better products as there is a market for it and they can avoid dealing with some of the scumbags that just loiter all day causing trouble.

  • Black Rock Lifer

    It is good to see another business on Amherst St, the area continues to grow with a very interesting mix of old and new. Black Rock has some of the most unique old buildings and homes that are ripe for restoration and reuse. Those looking to invest or reside here will find welcoming neighbors and great bargains.