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Dino Opening Next Month; Universal Stone Work to Remain

The much-anticipated Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at 301 Franklin Street is opening next month and the restaurant is retaining the Universal International Pictures logo on the front façade.  Dino co-founder John Stage decided to keep the historic façade, scrapping earlier plans for a complete exterior make-over.   The single-story building with a small mezzanine used to store film reels.  

Don Cazentre of the Syracuse Post-Standard has the story:

John Stage likes to say that none of the seven Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurants he’s opened look alike, and that will certainly be true of the eighth.

The newest Dino is scheduled to open next month in downtown Buffalo, and its exterior will feature a marble facade carved with the logo of movie studioUniversal-International Pictures.

Stage, who co-founded the Dinosaur in Syracuse in 1988, didn’t have to go to Hollywood to find it. Workers uncovered the marble logo under the ugly 1970s-era exterior they ripped down during construction.

“Underneath this really crappy facade was this really cool art deco movie business thing,” Stage said. “This will be the only (Dino) with any marble and a really cool look to it.”

Stage says his philosophy in developing new Dinosaur locations is to “let the building tell you what it wants to be.” Finding and then deciding to preserve the Universal logo fits that outlook — even though it helped contribute to delays in getting the Buffalo location open.

Building owner Mark Croce says there was no chance the stonework was heading to landfill.  He says if Dino did not want to incorporate it into their design he was prepared to remove it and reuse it elsewhere.

Dino was founded in Syracuse in 1988 and has locations in Rochester, Harlem, Troy, Newark, Stamford, and Brooklyn.  The 7,200 sq.ft. Franklin Street site will seat 180.

Written by WCPerspective


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