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La Gourmet Empanadas

A former banquet hall at the corner of West Ferry and Herkimer is getting a significant makeover, and will soon be opened as La Gourmet Empanadas.

This is a significant development for the West Side, considering the deplorable condition the building was in (at least on the outside). Actually, I assumed that the old Mount Major Banquet Hall would eventually fall into a state of disrepair that would be too forgone to make a comeback.


Fortunately I was wrong, and the building, which is over 10,0000 square feet in size, is being given a renewed lease on life. New windows are being installed, and the brickwork has been painted (all one color tone).

According to Loopnet, the banquet hall boasts a restaurant space and a banquet hall. lists the architect as Thomas W. Harris – “Built as Mizpah Lodge #518 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)”. It is said that this was once a three-storey building. The building is located across the street from a Hope refugee drop-in center (part of Jericho Road), which is another anchor on the street. This news bodes well for West Ferry – a street that has a ton of potential that never gets realized.

La Gourmet Empanadas | 219 West Ferry | Website


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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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  • Stateofmind

    How great is this–all the way around!

  • Fly Street


  • 16thStreet

    So stoked for this. Driving by this gem daily, I’ve noticed new paint (not the first coat in the past few years, so no biggie), but not until I saw repointing of the brick did I realize someone is putting in a good effort to stabilize this building. Can’t wait to walk to this place!

  • JSmith11

    10,000 square feet… that’s a lot of empanadas!

  • ChronicWestSider

    The building looks fantastic! We will patronize them heavily to keep the place open and to keep the energy on this street going.

  • double thumbs up! i seem to recall that this was originally built as a movie house.  can anyone confirm?

  • elmdog

    Full restaurant with Banquet space now? Or is this some kind of company, product manufacturing as well for the EMPANADA market??

  • Ivan putski jr

    there has to be something wrong with this project but I can’t think of anything yet……give me some more time

  • SouthtownSimpleton

    I wasn’t able to find anything online, but if someone develops an insatiable curiosity regarding that fact they can go to the Central Library and reference their copy of Ranjit Sandhu’s big-book-o-theaters (It’s not actually referred to as that).

  • SouthtownSimpleton

    I was wondering the same thing. There’s certainly enough room for a small production facility, but the article doesn’t make note of it and their website is still under construction.

  • micahh64

    Ivan putski jr 
    There’s the painting of brick — that would be Old First Ward’s complaint . . .

  • Ivan putski jr

    micahh64 Ivan putski jr you’re on the right track…maybe the signage is a little too juvenile?…I’m certain once the menu is revealed there will surely be some great oversights on what should be offered…I guess I’ll just have to wait because I kind of like the sign with that cute little empanada guy….

  • bfranklin

    When my wife asks me what I want for dinner, I’ll often say “empanadas”.  I wasn’t sure it was an actual food until I saw this post.  That’s a big ass place to be making a food I couldn’t identify.  I remember going to watch boxing in this place about …30 years ago?  I’m hoping they’ve done as much work on the product as they’re doing on the building.  Good luck to them.  I’ll take six, what ever they are.

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  • BuffaloBoi

    WOW, that’s a big difference and much needed! Looks great!

  • artificialbutalive

    Nice to see the building renovation, but what a stupid name.  Shouldn’t it be Las Empanadas Gourmet?  It just doesn’t look/sound right.

  • Timothy Domst

    There won’t be enough vegetarian stuff on the menu

  • SouthtownSimpleton
    thanks, good to know!

  • Doug E Fresh

    Fellow BRO commenters — does anyone know if La Empanada had a logo contest?