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The Public House of Buffalo est. 2014

Elmwood Avenue has its fair share of craft beer destinations – places where you go to immerse yourself in the world of micro beers. The wave of home brewing, myriad craft beer festivals… it’s a great time to be a beer lover if you live in Buffalo. Now North Buffalo is becoming more of a craft beer destination with the latest entry to the restaurant-pub ring, The Public House of Buffalo.

Public-House-Buffalo-NY-1The Public House of Buffalo owners Sara and Frank Testa have been in the bar and restaurant business in Buffalo for years. In that time they have managed to cultivate an avid following of fans who have been anticipating the young husband and wife to bust out on their own. After two years of looking for the perfect pub destination in Buffalo, the couple finally settled on 1206 Hertel Avenue (formerly Canvas). “We knew that this was the spot the second that we saw it,” Sara told me. “We wanted a place where everyone was welcome – no cliques… a wide range of people who appreciate good food and drink. When we looked at the thesaurus to come up with other names for “pub”, we learned that the original name for a pub was a “public house” – a town meeting place. The name fit with our concept. We wanted to have a wide variety of drinks and food for everyone… this is a place for people to meet up and enjoy the company of others.”

The decor of The Public House of Buffalo resembles bits and pieces of an old world pub. Rustic-looking artwork by Max Collins graces the walls. The bar top is fashioned out of reclaimed wharf pillars that were dredged out of the Erie Canal Terminus back in 2005. “My dad had the wood, and my brother in-law pieced it all together and polished it up,” said Frank. “The wood is black walnut and dates back to 1917. With the help of friends and family, we pulled this place together in about five weeks. The wood on the walls is made from reclaimed pallets (from The Foundry). We wanted this place to have a warm and comfortable feel.” They get a couple of extra points or their indie music playlist too.

Public-House-Buffalo-NY-3Beer lovers will be happy to know that The Public House boasts 80 beers (20 taps and 60 bottles). During a recent visit I settled down to a newly released Resurgence “Smokey The Beer”, which I found to be quite satisfying (brewed locally of course). Others around me were asking Frank about the different beer and drink options, and he was all too happy to engage his customers and their queries. While I was sipping my beer, one of the servers was busy erasing beer names from the chalkboard and adding new ones. “We got slammed at the Italian Festival,” noted Frank. “We’ve been burning through beer since our soft opening a week ago. Now we’re starting to concentrate on the food – lunch and dinner, and brunch starting next Sunday. On Friday (today) we’re going to be cooking up our Flying Bison “Rusty Chain” fish fries. So far we’re completely energized from the incredible feedback that we’ve gotten since opening.”

The Public House features elevated pub food ranging from beer and cheese soup to char-grilled East Coast oysters. Customers can sit down to a charcuterie plate, a gourmet grilled cheese with fried egg and bacon, or even a veggie pizza. There are soups and salads, sandwiches (steak, crab), burgers, Reubens, wings (Chiavetta’s, Sriracha sesame, Frank’s, BBQ) and chicken Milanese fingers. There’s probably something to go with every beer on the menu, including the Great Lakes Erie Monster.

The Public House is open seven days a week. Whether you’re planning on sitting and eating at the full bar, or out on the streetside patio, you’re going to find devoted owners and staff that go out of their way to ensure that your experience is top notch. This pub is a great addition to the Hertel restaurant scene. Stop in for a muddled drink made by a pro, or for some stellar pub grub. It’s all good at this North Buffalo meeting place.

The Public House of Buffalo | 1206 Hertel Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14216 | (716) 551-6208 | Facebook

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Written by queenseyes

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.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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  • No_Illusions

    I stopped by. The food was excellent and the decor was homely.
    Highly recommend!
    I just hope they are able to keep the quality up.

  • TheFacePuncher

    Homely?

  • hockeyhips83

    TheFacePuncher it doesn’t need to be anything else.

  • jg23

    TheFacePuncher http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/homely Dont pay attention to the first two definitions.

  • TheFacePuncher

    Why not?

  • bfranklin

    Somewhat concerned that my desire to support local business, combined with the proliferation of craft beer/small local breweries will land me in an AA meeting about 18 months out.

  • Stateofmind

    bfranklin Could not agree more. Does anyone in Buffalo realize that there is more to do with life than drink? Good God. It’s getting downright unimaginative around here.

  • jg23

    Stateofmind bfranklin Pretty sure he was being facetious…however you took it literally.

  • North Park

    If you’re opening a restaurant you can choose to have good beer, or bad beer. Which would you choose? Which is more likely to bring people in?

  • BuffaloRox

    Looking forward to checking this place out and what seems like a cool reclaimed wood bar!  Should be a welcome addition to Hertel.  Sidebar should take note of the the exterior touches of this place as The Public House looks far more friendly and welcoming.

  • JSmith11

    North Park 
    Hmm… this could be a trick question, depending on how much faith you have in the average drinker’s tastes.

  • North Park

    Ate there tonight.  Very good burgers.  Good beer list.  Can’t wait for the expanded menu!  Kudos.

  • DustyBloss

    I’m sorry but if you have been in the bar and restaurant business for years and didn’t know that Pub was short for Public House then you have no business being in the bar and restaurant business.  I do wish them well but goodness, they shouldn’t have admitted that they had to look up Pub in a thesaurus.