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20 Things You’ll Never See In Buffalo Again.

Buffalo is on the upswing these days. But that doesn’t mean that we should not pay tribute to some of the local “brands” that put us on the map in years past. To help relive the city’s halcyon days, has compiled a list of 20 iconic, and now relatively obscure, mainstays of the past.

Ever heard of Rooties Pump Room (Rudy’s – the place that once claimed to invent the chicken wing)? Or did you ever try a Fasnachtsküchle? What was the original Uncle Sam’s? How ’bout Oil of Dog, ever listen to a show? Does Visniak’s ring a bell? Or Parousia? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then you are an old school Buffalonian. Give yourself a pat on the back.

At times, this is not the most flattering list, with references to The Juice and the city’s population decline. And then there’s the closing of The Continental and Freddie’s Doughnuts. But at the same time I bet that a few of these losses will someday be memorialized in ways that will pay tribute to the infamy that they once fastened for the city. 

Who will be the first modern day go-getter to capitalize on the Fasnachtsküchle? Or Visniak’s? Thankfully, I think that we can leave the idea of milk vending machines behind for good!

Ok, here’s the list of 20 things that you’ll never see in Buffalo again… is that a challenge?


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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