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Where are the Real Hot Spots…

Just the other day someone new to Buffalo asked me where the bars, cafes and restaurants with the fireplaces were. I thought about it for a hot minute and answered that surprisingly I only knew of a couple of places. The first restaurant to come to mind was Gabriel’s Gate. The Gate has at least two operational fireplaces if memory serves. Other than that, as far as cafes go I could only think of The Lunch Box Cafe at the Parkside Lodge – the old fireplace is in the process of being restored to operational status.

I’m sure that there are more fireplaces out there, but where? Also, can you really count those wall-mounted units as fireplaces? They do add to the ambiance by making the room cozier while providing a heat source. If you did count that type of unit, then Just Vino should be added to the list. It would be nice to know about a few more… and possibly get a comprehensive list compiled.

Written by RaChaCha


RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum.

Things you may not know about RaChaCha (unless you read this before): "Ra Cha Cha" is a nickname of his hometown. (Didn't you know that? Do you live under a rock?) He's a political junkie (he once worked for the president of the Monroe County Legislature), but we don't really let him write about politics on here. He helped create a major greenway in the Genesee Valley, and worked on early planning for the Canalway Trail. He hopes you enjoy biking and hiking on those because that's what he put in all that work for. He was a ringleader of the legendary "Chill the Fill" campaign to save Rochester's old downtown subway tunnel. In fact, he comes from a long line of troublemakers. An ancestor fought at Bunker Hill, and a relative led the Bear Flag Revolt in California. We advise you to remember this before messing with him in the comments. He worked on planning the Rochester ARTWalk, and thinks Buffalo should have one of those, too (write your congressman).

You can also find RaChaCha (all too often, we frequently nag him) on the Twitters at @HeyRaChaCha. Which is what some people here yell when they see him on the street. You know who you are.

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