If I didn’t know any better (from looking at this photo), I would think that this was on Chippewa. The facade is reminiscent of the Salsarita’s storefront, or Papaya’s. That’s why I was so stunned to see it opening up on Main Street next to the Packard Building. The design of this steak and sub shop takes the sting out of many of the other squandered facades on the street. Actually, as of late, we’ve seen quite a few buildings updated and reused the way they were meant to be.
As far as the eatery goes, I have a feeling that this type of addition to this area will do well. First of all, it looks nice. They obviously sank some money into the improvements – hopefully the quality of the food will match. “It’s going got be steak hoagies subs, fingers, etc.,” owner Patrick Rine told me. “We once had a place at the corner of Delaware and North during the mid 80’s-early 90’s called Barbarino’s. We realized that we had people who wanted to be back in the business. And if you think about it, it’s sort of unfair that none of the Buffalo businesses want to travel east of Elmwood. It’s sort of disappointing in a way. It’s like we were back in the 1940’s. We wanted to make an impact on the street. It’s refreshing to see more and more boards coming off the windows on Main Street.
“We’re looking into possibly putting in loft apartments above the business. I’m a big proponent of free markets – tax credits is not my idea of development. There’s an opportunity to do high end lofts to bring people back into the city. We already own some college housing in the neighborhood. If you supply decent housing, people will come. We bought three abandoned places at Delavan and Lindwood – one of the houses was scheduled to be torn down. Now we’re about to rent them out. I think The City almost has it right. But The City should not be hiring more police officers – they should be hiring more building inspectors… and that’s coming from a former police officer. Get decent apartments into these neighborhoods and people will move in. In a strong neighborhood, the people help to police themselves.”
Buffalo Steak and Sub will be opening at the end of June.
Buffalo Steak and Sub is located at 1335 Main Street | Buffalo, NY