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New HARBORCENTER Restaurant: (716) Food and Sport


HARBORCENTER President John R. Koelmel today unveiled plans for (716) Food and Sport, HARBORCENTER’s 13,000 square foot dining establishment. 

“(716) will be dedicated to providing the best-in-class fan, food and sports experience,” Koelmel said. “Our commitment to hospitality, quality and community will make HARBORCENTER a dining destination for residents of Western New York and Southern Ontario, as well as numerous visitors to the area.”


Located on the corner of Scott Street and Washington Street, (716) will feature fare that is highlighted by Western New York culinary favorites, with an emphasis on locally produced ingredients. The menu will be complimented by an extensive collection of craft beers and signature cocktails. More than 40 beer selections will be available, with 20 varieties on tap.

The restaurant will include a 40-foot long feature bar, along with complimentary island bars on both the first and second floors. The bar tops will be made to replicate the ice of a hockey rink, illuminated to create a unique and specialty bar experience.


“(716) is our code, and we’re creating an experience to epitomize it,” said restaurant general manager Dominic Verni.  “These are three digits that identify our area and represent the pride and passion that Western New Yorkers have for our area, as well as the deep love we have for both food and sport. Combining both food and sport at our state of the art destination will create the premier fan experience.”

(716) will provide patrons with a unique and exciting viewing experience for all sporting events, featuring a 38 foot video screen, the largest restaurant screen in the continental United States.  An additional 55 big screen televisions will be on display throughout the two-floor establishment, including individual in-booth televisions with dedicated sound. Bathrooms will have television screens embedded in the mirrors. (716) will have seating for 360 guests, including 135 bar stools.

Additionally, there will be a private VIP area on the upper level. Guests will be able to enter the restaurant from both the street level and the parking garage.

The new restaurant is expected to employ 150 when it opens this fall.


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  • owleyes69

    is there going to be live music ?

  • william degain

    INCREDIBLE! Met Kim Pegula and the Harbor Center Manager, at the front door!. We never have felt so welcomed in any establishment before. Your employees were as excited as the customers. 
    After surveying the whole place, my wife and I decided we wanted to get on the list for the “400” tables on upper level. I asked a young woman working there, Samantha, how we should go about it, and she actually took my arm and said come with me. Walked me downstairs to the front door desk and had my name put on the list and got a pager for me! She talked to me going both up and down from the front desk, telling me how excited she was to be there. This girl had unlimited energy, a good fit for her job. In a very short time we got paged and got a fantastic table on the balcony overlooking the main bar.
    Nikki, our waitress, was there very quickly, and took our orders and told us all the raves she was getting about the place and the food and the atmosphere. Shortly after a guy named Kyle came up behind us and asked if we had any preferences for the big screen or any other TV in the place. I thought he was kidding but he had a small computer with him and demonstrated it for us. Told us to enjoy our dinner and walked on to others that were sitting nearby. After we got our food,  Nikki came by and checked on us. Also a manager type guy stopped at our table to check on us.
    Great food! Great employees. Good pricing. Wow. WE will be back many times and have let everyone we know, in on what a unique experience it was. Thank You Samantha, Nikki, and Kyle, see you soon. 
    I realize this is too long to post, but I had to let 716 know about the great people they have working there!

  • 1177mike

    We went down to check out harbor fest. great day had lots of fun. its making buffalo look good . We stop in at the 716 for a drink and a bite to eat. first off the  employees were outstanding! The food was very good ! Also being a vet the took very good care of us thank you !  Keep up the good work!!

  • Buffalo Girl

    We went down to enjoy the beautiful weather on 2/28.  Stopped in for a few cocktails and to get a bite to eat. Loved the place the bartender was great.  Food was awful everything was cold and seemed like all frozen food. A little bit of advice on one of your trivia posts. Jack Nicholas did not win the Masters in 1978 it was 1986.  Please change its a little embarrassing not to have correct stats in a sports bar..