After a fairly short run at The Neighborhood Collective (across from The Lexington Co-op), Solé
closed its doors a couple of months back. Fortunately the two-floor restaurant space is not going to sit empty for long (unlike another Elmwood location - Moda).
In recent years we have seen Elmwood businesses gravitate toward Hertel, and likewise Hertel businesses opening on Elmwood. It appears as if the two heavy-hitting commercial districts are going back and forth, pulling and tugging, and sometimes sharing. The latter is the case with Taste of Siam, which is being brought to Elmwood by the owners of Taste of Thai on Hertel. Looking back
to 2004, it's so nice to see that the quality Thai restaurant has become such a mainstay for North Buffalo. From a BRO article on Taste of Thai:
The food is delicious. Their menu boasts upward of 70 items ranging from a crisp Koong Gra Bok (marinated shrimp in a spring roll shell) appetizer to entrees like fillets of orange roughy in Chu Chee sauce, an exceptional curry made with lime leaves and lemongrass. Though forks are provided we ate our Kai Yuang (grilled Cornish hen marinated in spices) the Thai way, by pressing balls of sticky rice against the meat and popping it into our mouths. Complementing this was a refreshing salad made of shredded papaya, tomato, and carrots in a lime dressing. The pud thai is also excellent and don't pass on the Thai iced tea. - Anthony Cuellar, Jr.
I remember when I was young 810 Elmwood Avenue was a Chinese Restaurant called May Jen
(which moved to Kenmore Avenue and is still open today). I recall that the restaurant was always busy and appeared to be doing well for years. It would be nice to see that same sort of charm return to the building. Seeing that Taste of Thai is so successful on Hertel, I'm hoping that Taste of Siam can work the same magic on Elmwood.
Taste of Siam - Scheduled to open in April 2013
The Neighborhood Collective
810 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo NY 14222