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Newbury Street: A healthy twist on fast food.


Paul Tsouflides, owner of Acropolis on Elmwood, is on a mission to get Buffalonians eating healthier. In order to do this, he’s launching an entirely brand new restaurant concept that he feels will benefit the Elmwood Village and the city of Buffalo. “I’m calling it Newbury Street,” Paul told me. “Because when I lived in Boston I loved that shopping district. We’ve signed a lease at the former Louie’s Hot Dogs at the corner of Hodge, and we’re going to be bringing the look of the building back to how it used to be – with the entranceway on the corner.”

Newbury-Street-3I can’t wait to see the final result of this corner transformation. The rendering of the restaurant looks spectacular, and will hopefully set a standard for the entire building, which could use some help.

As for the restaurant concept, Paul tells me that the food offerings will have a European or Canadian feel. “I wanted to launch this concept five years ago, but the time just wasn’t right,” said Paul. “We’re going to be featuring around 100 ingredients to choose from, and customers will be able to design their own salads, whole wheat/multi-grain/gluton-free wraps, etc. From sesame soy tofu to albacore tuna, we’re going to help people to change their eating habits one order at a time. You tell us what you want and we’ll make it for you – then you can see your food being made in front of you. Newbury Street will have brown rice bowls, organic lettuce for salads, select meats, super seeds, rice noodles, couscous, quinoa, and other natural ingredients. Then there’s going to be a rice pudding bar, a frozen Greek yogurt station, and a natural soda bar using fresh fruits.”

Besides being healthy, Paul feels that food should be affordable and easy to access. A base salad will be $5 and will include four ingredients. Then there’s the take-out and delivery options. In order to expedite take-out and delivery, Paul is converting the basement into an operational center that mimics the main floor. “We’re going to run our catering out of there,” Paul added. “As the take-out and delivery orders come in, catering will process the order, leaving the first floor to handle the walk-ins (seating for 20 inside). We’re launching a mobile application for cell phones that will allow customers to send these orders in for pick-up and delivery. We’re going to have quick and dependable service, all designed to provide great tasting and healthy food options. We will have four dedicated wash stations where all of the produce will be thoroughly cleaned. There will be no GMOs, and we’ve hired an independent company to analyze the nutritional value for all of our food. We want to make sure that people are aware of what they are eating. This is an educational process as much as it is a restaurant concept.”


Architect: Kathleen Kinan

Interior design: BMS Design and L2K Design (also designed Helium Comedy Club and Tappo Restaurant)

Rendering by Ben Siegel and Bob Bradfield from BMS Design.


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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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  1. He mentions “healthy” in many different ways. What about the food being local? The two kind of go together, but he doesn’t mention it. Buffalo has a huge supply of high-quality farms and distributors and they could use an outlet like this to get their food to the public, one that is more consistently available than a farmer’s market.

  2. This is a great idea–however, for the “mobile app” idea: Many cities use or other widespread apps for this awesome option (great in NYC and Boston).  Maybe Tsouflides could start that trend in Buffalo? I would definitely order often when I am too busy in the office to step out for lunch. Thoughts?

  3. wow – The guy knows what he is doing…..This could be a game changer for this block…One that has had really bad luck recently……I imagine he will own the building, I didn’t read the whole article because I like to assume…Cant wait

  4. Awesome plan, and totally unexpected.   Great news!
    Funny how I never noticed that building didn’t have a square corner.  The old awning was good at hiding it.

  5. I hope this is something that will be done by Spring…Cant wait to try it….Corner spots are the most important spots on blocks and I think create the block…That is why its so disappointing that Mode and Amobrosia are still empty and probably will be for years with the prices that they are asking..

  6. elmdog  That’s true.  I think the Mode building is the most beautiful restaurant setting in all of Buffalo.  It’s a shame that  it has been sitting empty for so many years.  Someone ought to be fined for that.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t want just ANY business to take that spot (Mode)  and radically change it (and uglify it) from what it is now.  (Look at the old Elmwood Lounge: It has new owners but it looks WORSE now than it did before. The old neon lights in mid-century script were distinguished and classic.)

  7. It’s a shame the Elmwood strip is populated with homeless people begging for money and making people just stay away from the area.Plenty of upscale spots in the burbs that offer better food and better service……

  8. When the desire to be in an urban environment outweighs that of the bother of people begging on the streets Buffalo will finally be a real city. For now, there’s too much temptation for suburbanites to stay nestled in their cozy homes.

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