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Providence Social

The former Prime 490, and Roseland Restaurant before that, will be reopening next Thursday (soft opening) under a new name and with a fresh concept.

Providence-Social-Buffalo-NY-2Owner/operator Josh Hanzlian is busy putting the final touches on what he says will be a “new American fusion” restaurant, serving small shared plates (but not tapas), where a couple of people will be able to share a medley of culinary creations without breaking the bank. “I want this to be a social experience,” Josh told me. “Hence the name. We will not have one style of food, rather we will be offering a range of appetizers and entrees that can be broken down to smaller offerings that can be sampled and shared. We’ll have a house wine selection of 45-60 wines at any given time. Our bar  will serve unique spirits and craft drinks that might include ingredients such as clarified egg whites or concepts that feature herb infused cocktails. This is a ‘come as you are’ restaurant that will specialize in meals that we will be putting our own twists on. We will be relying on our wait staff to make sure that our customers feel at ease with the portion size of shared plates… Providence Social will not be your traditional restaurant, as you can see.”

Already I’m liking the brilliant neon signage that can be seen on the side of the building, made right here in Buffalo by Flexlume. The entire facade of the restaurant has been altered and looks sharp. Inside, a few of the transom windows above the bar have been replaced with stained glass depicting Buffalo’s skyline. With a brighter interior and a fresh new culinary concept, this will be a welcome addition to a neighborhood that continues to bud in many different directions – from restaurants to a bakery, a gardening co-op, public “sculpture” park, neighborhood clean-ups, and an overall residential renaissance with lots more to come on the commercial end as well.

Providence Social | 490 Rhode Island Street | West Side | Buffalo NY | Facebook


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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  • agree about the sign.  if there was a signage award, i’d nominate this one.

  • Cam33r4

    Am I the only one who is curious as to whether the owner was from Providence or if he is just trying to pull a “hardy har har” because it’s on Rhode Island St?
    Either way, sounds good!

  • foreverbflo

    Newell – we have been watching this redevelopment daily for almost a year now. 
    They have been humping and have been consistent to. Lot of progress. Someone means “business” here. 
    Can’t wait to get in there for a bite and a cocktail! This is another great addition to the Chenango Corridor! 
    Yes, the signage is so cool to.

  • GabrielleMattina

    West Side! Can’t wait Josh!

  • eSlu

    I liked Prime 490 and was sad to see it go.  But this is a good location and building and an interesting concept.  I can’t wait to try it.

  • Robkohout

    Super excited about this concept…plus it will have an amazing wine list! Must visit for all of Buffalo!!

  • GotAnyChange

    I suggest they do a killer Sunday brunch to complement left bank.

  • jazzfan

    I like the concept, they’ve done a nice job with the building and the sign looks great – would like to see it lit up.  I’m definitely going to give it a try.

  • hockeyhips83

    i hope it has sort of a social club speakeasy kind of feel.  simple, fun and casual.