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Preservation-Pub-Buffalo-NY-3The former OHM Lounge, and Miss Kitty’s before that, is heading in a new direction in order to stay current with the growth of the Medical Campus. Roslyn “Roz” Righetti bought 948 Main Street back in 2005, after years of neglect. “The building was in pretty rough shape,” she told me. “I heard that at one point it was in jeopardy of being demolished. The place was tore up from the floor up. Since I’ve owned it I’ve put over $430K into it – I bought the building for $100K. I’m a UB graduate – I Preservation-Pub-Buffalo-NY-6knew that the Medical Campus would one day shape the neighborhood, so I figured that I couldn’t go wrong. I’ve been good to the building, and it’s been good to me. Now it’s time to align the business to something that fits with the Medical Campus vision. People are moving here from all over the world to work – this city is full steam ahead.”

Preservation-Pub-Buffalo-NY-4A couple of years ago Roz added a kitchen to OHM Lounge in preparation for the day that she would convert the place into a pub. Last month she hired chef Gary Tenebra, who formerly was co-owner of Garangelo Café on Hertel Avenue. “I’m serious about bringing good pub food to the neighborhood,” said Roz. “We’re serving up Italian American food, prepared by a seasoned chef. It’s all homemade and house prepared, from the soups to the dressings. We have new lighting, seating for 60 people, and we’re open from 11am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.”


Roz told me that the construction along Main Street put a significant hit on her business. At the same time, she knows that there is a silver lining to the disruption. Thankfully, another silver lining is the Medical Campus work crew – the guys have been supporting her since she reopened under the Preservation Pub moniker last Wednesday. “They have been in here every single day, supporting my business. I don’t know what I would have done without them. I also have to give credit to M&T Bank, the only bank that saw my vision here – without them I would not be here today. The City of Buffalo also helped out a lot. Mayor Brown allowed us to park on the sidewalk during the construction process. And Salvation Army is letting our customers park in their lot, thankfully.”


Pres-Pub-Buff-NYI asked Roz what the best item on the menu was and she said without hesitating, “The chicken wings. They are the best in Buffalo. It’s my Gramma Rose’s recipe – you can’t beat an Italian making chicken wings.”

The rest of the Preservation Pub menu includes fried calamari, classic Caesar salad, pot roast burger, a Philly cheese steak and roasted turkey. The pub also has a popcorn machine for happy hour.

Preservation Pub is a relaxed place to eat, found at the corner of Main and Allen. At the helm of the business is a dedicated woman who told me that “If you spend a little more time and money doing things right the first time, then the building (and the business) will take care of you for many years to come. There are a lot of people out there who suck the life out of the buildings by only looking out for themselves. I wanted to preserve this building for Buffalo – that’s why I”m calling it Preservation Pub.”

Preservation Pub | 948 Main Street | Buffalo NY | 716-332-0510 | Facebook


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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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  • pfk67

    Is it 3:30pm or am?

  • Vandra

    It’s a shame the corner is vacant.  I know it’s kind of a park, but it would be
    great to have a building (or addition to the pub) fill the corner.  I wonder who technically owns the corner.

  • justannotherone

    When Miss Kitty’s was floundering the place was reincarnated as Ohm Ultra Lounge.  Now another reincarnation as Preservation Pub?  
    “Roz told me that the construction along Main Street put a significant hit on her business.”     Roz puts a bigger hit on her business than construction ever did.  If she put 430K into the building I’d like to know where.  Everything done to that building was on the cheap.  Perhaps Preservation pub is named after self preservation in the business sense..

  • Vandra
    George Scoras.  Back when he demolished the historic building there he promised to build a Towne Restaurant II.  He died earlier this year.

  • Jimmer

    Awesome menu..I ate there on Friday. It’s a nice addition to the neighborhood. Nothing floundering around there. Check it out and see for yourself. As for “self-preservation”: Roz, individually and through the business, has done a lot to help many many people. You won’t hear her talk about it, as it should be, but at least check out the place.

  • SoBloHero

    pfk67 I was wondering about the hours too. Is it only a lunch spot? Then it doesn’t make much sense to make it a pub. My pesky employer frowns upon us drinking during the day time….

  • wcperspective Any speculation on any of these lots?  Within a year of the Medical School, and Children’s opening, do you really think we’ll have an empty lot on the corner, Preservation Pub, and the Salvation Army?
    Any word on a Conventus II on the other side of the street? Thanks.

  • whatsaBONJOVI

    Jimmer created a profile for this comment the day after you visited? anyway, being near the corner of main and Allen i would think that a pub would be open beyond lunch hours so that people might do just that (visit).

  • Shuffle off

    pfk67 “The pub also has a popcorn machine for happy hour”
    Assume it’s a 3:30 A,M closing time .

  • Jimmer

    Yes, because I liked it and was glad to see the article today.

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    Shuffle off pfk67 Assume it’s a 2 AM closing time.
    –Chris Jacobs

  • Shuffle off pfk67 Sign on the side of the building actually says ’10:30 AM to 3:30PM’.  Not sure that makes much sense…having a full bar, etc.

    Maybe they’re attempting to be a ‘lunch time’ destination… then a bar at night?

  • hilaritee

    Who are you, president of the membership committee?

  • Ivan putski jr

    whatsaBONJOVI Jimmer i agree….something fishy going on here

  • hilaritee

    Please spare us your personal axe grinding. Don’t try to mask your personal disdain as civic or fiscal concern. You don’t like her; stop pretending you are on the moral high road.

  • TheFacePuncher

    They should bring back the hot Gorgonzola bread from Cafe Garangelo. It was legendary.

  • buffalot

    TheFacePuncher #drool.

  • BuffaloFenian

    bfranklin Shuffle off pfk67 Glad I’m not the only one who is confused. I’d be happy to visit, but I A) can’t drink during lunch and B) would only have a chance to get there after work, or during a happy hour. I do have to say, the popcorn reference makes me wonder if it’s 3:30a. Hope we can get some clarification on this.

  • whatsaBONJOVI

    hilaritee I asked a general question, wasn’t even the focus of my comment. But since you’re so interested, plenty of google reviews are just fake, one-off statements (positive or negative); so i have my doubts about a gleaming review and one that’s so personally charged from a brand new account written hours after this article posted. 
    As far as the projection you would like to make, that Im some type of BRO gatekeeper, I can just say no. I can’t even see where you are coming from with that.

  • whatsaBONJOVI

    BuffaloFenian bfranklin Shuffle off pfk67 I agree, i think it looks good and in a great spot but im not sure why they would cater to a lunch crowd when the major hospitals/med school are under construction. Its just off Allen and not far from a lively nightlife scene. I’d visit if it was open even for a happy hour.

  • SoBloHero

    whatsaBONJOVI BuffaloFenian bfranklin Shuffle off pfk67 Went by there at 5:30 last night…it was closed. That seems like an awful business strategy.

  • artificialbutalive

    justannotherone “There are a lot of people out there who suck the life out of the buildings by only looking out for themselves.”  That’s hilarious, hearing that come from her.  As a person who has hosted events there in past, and as a person who has many friends who have hosted events there as well, she needs to practice what she preaches.

  • Jimmer

    Hey all, I’m new to Buffalo, having left greener but fraught pastures for bright possibilities offered by the city. I began following Buffalo Rising as I began my transition. I have no horse in any race here, although my family is from upstate New York (Schenectady and Ogdensburg) and I went to school here 20+ years ago. I’m just keen on the city and its growth because I hope to hitch my future to its own. Friends told me to check the place out for lunch because of their familiarity (already reflected in my post). I did, I like it, got more enthused about the growth in and around Allentown as a result, and then was psyched to see a great article about a place I had just experienced. Can’t a person just say check it out, and that good people are making good things happen? It has seemed to me that that’s the point of BR. Some responses here underline my reasons for rarely reading comments, or for even more rarely offering them. I, too, tend to employ a hermeneutic of suspicion but, please, I was just trying to pay some compliments.

  • whatsaBONJOVI

    Jimmer no one is trying to tell you not to comment or share your opinion. Im glad you liked it, I myself will probably give it a try if the hours change.

  • Jimmer

    whatsaBONJOVI Jimmer well cool. if anything i was a little exuberant. i’m just psyched to see how far Buffalo has come in 20 years.

  • whatsaBONJOVI

    Jimmer whatsaBONJOVI I feel that way all the time.

  • ClintBailey

    You can’t take a decent piss I this city without someone asking why you held it the way you did.

  • fillimup

    In the old photo, I see “Hazel Reweaving” in the building to the left (no longer standing).  When a little dog ripped a hole in the trousers of a new suit, she made the trousers look like new.  She did excellent work.