By Colleen Tomasso:
Two components to a great night out in Buffalo: Food and entertainment. Food and entertainment in the same building? Sold.
Shea’s Intermission Lounge, neatly tucked between the theater’s box office and the Smith Theater, serves dinner to theater-goers looking for a special pre-show dining experience. Heading into its third season, the restaurant offers one asset that steals the show: Convenience.
Instead of getting back into the car after a meal to head to the show, diners simply walk through the box office directly into the grand lobby of the theater. No rushing through dinner. No moving the car. No re-loading a meter. No fighting wind, rain or snow. Should you choose to relax at your table until show time, the bell ringer will kindly make his rounds through the restaurant to alert you the show is starting in just five minutes.
And, there’s food! Tempt your senses with small plate nibbles like Bobbi’s Baked Brie finished with a drizzle of pecan-caramel and boysenberry sauces, or Jennifer’s Artichoke and Goat Cheese Salad with goat cheese stuffed artichokes, tomatoes and parmesan tossed with a zesty Lemon Vinaigrette. For heartier appetites, try the mouthwatering Pecan Crusted Chicken or one of the menu specials that vary daily.
In the mood for a something sweet instead? Request a dessert from their ever-changing menu of house-made and locally baked goodies. The root beer float for two is perfect for sharing–one straw or two! Request it with vanilla vodka to take it to a whole new level.
When the bill inevitably arrives, delight in the fact that 45% of the cost of each menu item goes back to Shea’s.
With Mary Poppins entering the final week of its run, there’s still time to enjoy dinner or a drink before the last curtain call!
Reservations are recommended. Please contact the Shea’s Box Office at (716) 847-1410 to make your reservation for the run of Mary Poppins, or any of Shea’s upcoming Broadway 2010-2011 season shows.
Reservations start two hours before show time. A brunch menu is also offered before weekend matinees.