It was just about the same time that I first heard about Christopher’s on Grant Street that I heard that Fred Daniel was teaming up with the establishment. That means that Grant Street not only has a new corner sports bar, it also has a new barbecue joint in the form of Freddie J’s. You might recall that Fred first tried out his barbecue dishes on Grant Street at Sweet_ness 7 (see post). Apparently once he got the taste of Grant Street success, he began to look for a permanent partner close by.
It just so happened that around the time that Fred was looking, a corner sports bar named Christopher’s had sprung up, and the owner was looking for someone to run the food end of the business. “Christopher’s has been around for about a month,” Fred told me. “They called me when they first opened and asked if I would be interested in cooking barbecue for them. The situation worked out perfectly, because I cook at Freddie J’s during the day and then I cook at Christopher’s at night.
The full Freddie J’s menu will start up this Wednesday, featuring barbecue ribs and chicken, Po Boys, baked (then grilled) wings, turkey burgers, veggie burgers with a heavy concentration on salads. Salads? “We realize that we are on Grant Street,” Fred laughed. “There are healthy people over here shopping at Guercio’s and eating at Sweet_ness 7. We wanted to offer something for everyone, and we figured that a good selection of salads needed to be on the menu.”
As for the sports bar, Christopher’s offers five different beers on tap, six flat screens, a back seating area that accommodates 50 people and bar room with seating for an extra 30. Christopher’s has applied for a patio license and is looking to jazz up the exterior of the bar. “I just added a new awning to Freddie J’s”, Fred pointed out. “We’re going to add more exterior lights to Christopher’s and when the bar and grill is open, the blinds will open to make it more appealing. “My wife and I are very excited to make our restaurants the best that they can be,” he told me. “Because we are big believers in the West Side. I’m also a big baseball fan and will be tuning into the games. The Sabres are in the playoffs, so make sure to stop in for some barbecue and a cold beer anytime from 5pm to midnight on weekdays, and 11pm to 4am on weekends.”
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