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RUST Espresso Bar Finds a Home at the Genesee Gateway

RUST Espresso Bar has landed a location in Downtown Buffalo. Laura Anhalt and her son Patrick have decided to lease the property at 130 Genesee Street, directly next to Dog é Style. I recently wrote about Laura and Patrick’s vision for their 3rd Wave Coffee shop (see here).

Since that time the two have been busy looking for the ideal building in which to build out their caffeinated vision. Now that they have found their ideal location, the objective is to create an inspirational coffee and espresso lovers’ destination, serving up French pastries, deconstructed sandwiches and some of the best hand cranked coffees and espressos in the region. Laura has dedicated her life to food, and she and Patrick have traveled the world in search of the best cafés in order to bring thoughtful, flavorful, beautifully prepared brasserie fare to Buffalo.

The plan is to not only elevate the coffee experience in Buffalo, but to take full advantage of the building’s sumptuous offerings. “We weren’t looking for a building of this exact size,” says Laura [laughing]. “But the 2200 square feet of space will come in handy. We will now have a full kitchen, a behind the scenes office, and the ability to design a space that mirrors our culinary concept. We love the thought of being on a corner, with tall ceilings and lots of glass exposure. There’s a parking lot in back that is available to customers. More than anything else, I have been following all of the developments in this neighborhood for a long time, and we feel that this is the perfect place to be at this point in Buffalo.”


Laura and Patrick also love all of the new business that is popping up around this corner. From myriad restaurants to the Catholic Health building, there are office workers and even nearby loft residences from which to draw from. RUST Espresso is also close to Chippewa, Main Street, the Metro Rail and the 33 entrance/exit ramps. Between the newfound walkability and the growing business density, Laura and Patrick feel that their unique offerings will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. “We’re seeing a real community rise up around the corner,” explains Laura. “RUST Espresso has been a long time in the making. It’s a business that will fit in nicely within the historic building. We’re excited to introduce Buffalo to our concept. We are going to build a café that you might find while visiting NYC or Seattle – something that will be a real draw in Downtown Buffalo. If you look down the street you will see one of my favorite buildings in this city – M&T Bank (formerly Gold Dome). That, to me, is the daily inspiration to make RUST Espresso Bar the best that it can be.”


Hearing Laura discuss her heartfelt enthusiasm for Buffalo, I tend to forget that she is originally from another country altogether. While she was born in Mexico, she now (thankfully) calls Buffalo her home. The family’s world travels have become somewhat of an epic adventure, to see all there is to see, and eat and drink along the way. At long last, Laura and Patrick have set out to make their mark here in Buffalo, in a way that reflects their lifestyle and their passion for living. Their goal is to pass along their culinary passions, the best way they know how to – through food and drink. Thankfully, we’re all invited to share in this adventure moving forward.

RUST Espresso Bar | 130 Genesee Street | 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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  • YAY!  Charming building at a gateway corner.  Fingers crossed the buildings to the north get reused as proposed.

  • Buff_a_lover

    Kinda hoping they would have opened in a more residential location. I know Jersey st has a great spot looking for a cafe. Five points is looking for a coffee shop. Right next to a throughway? Eh. 
    Best of luck anyway. I’ll still be there.

  • BuffaloRox

    wcperspective What’s proposed for the red painted brick building to the north?  I

  • It would be helpful if a restaruant/coffee shop not in competition with them, met with them for an hour and told them how best to navigate city hall (or buy lunch at a place when an owner is around, and ask to talk with them).  Too many half built restaurants/coffee shops in this city.  If possible, get the landlord (don’t know who it is) to get involved helping you open.  Extend some sort of reduced terms until you’re able to open the doors.

    Good luck with the project.  The earlier article seems to indicate you have an idea what you want to accomplish, don’t assume that the people who will inspect/oversee your operation have some interest in being reasonable/working with you.

  • BuffaloRox wcperspective
    Residential space (if it is still alive):

  • DougSitler

    Anyone remember when this was a restaurant called “The Curve”?

  • arcmorris

    DougSitler I do.  I was in college at the time.  I only ate there once.  It was very quiet.

  • greenca

    Note – The former Buffalo Savings Bank was re-named “Goldome” (one word) in the 80s.  It was never named “Gold Dome” (two words).
    Sorry, queenseyes, I needed to get that off my chest after seeing the building called Gold Dome too many times.

  • Flyguy2pt0

    Rooftop espresso bar maybe with some sort of fireplace or heating element for cooler fall and spring months? That could be a cool use of space up there with an interesting perspective to the corner. Either way, I wish their venture well!

  • BfloGal

    greenca Actually I believe that M&T refers to it now as the M&T Gold Dome Bank branch…

  • greenca

    BfloGal greenca
    Doesn’t M&T refer to it at the M&T Center?

  • arcmorris

    Rooftop seating would be a most-excellent idea.

  • DougSitler
    yes!  i ate there once!  like, 20 years ago!

  • BuffaloBoi

    This is incredible, I still remember not too long ago, nobody who worked downtown would ever venture east of Ellicott St. Now the excitement of downtown is spreading eastward.

  • Maggie Hamilton

    “Genesee Gateway” is now what the development across the street is named now- so the title is a bit confusing. 
    P.S. Can’t wait until Elm and Oak are no longer one-way streets.

  • BeardedBuffalonian

    Man, Catholic Health has really jump started this corner! Until now no one wanted to be over here, but since the building has been erected we’ve seen, what, 3-4 new businesses go up. Kudos to you Catholic Health and onward and upward, Buffalo.

  • BeardedBuffalonian

    Maggie Hamilton 
    Ummm just thought of that, but very true.

  • BeardedBuffalonian


  • VirginiaHolloway

    wcperspective It does look as though work is progressing.  Some of the board son windows have been removed and a dumpster is being filled with debris.

  • VirginiaHolloway

    BeardedBuffalonian Buff_a_lover Actually, that’s what people call that intersection where there are five corner lots.  Just because “Five Points” existed historically in NYC doesn’t mean that the same name can’t be used in 2015 to describe a location in Buffalo.

  • laldm109

    wcperspective BuffaloRox Those buildings got a loan in the latest round of the Buffalo Building Reuse Project program, so they do look to be moving forward.