If you are looking for a fine cocktail or a bottle or case of vodka in coming months, you’ll be able to make one trip to the corner of Michigan and South Park avenues when a pair of projects get completed. Ellicott Development is seeking Zoning Board approvals to allow a distillery to be built on the Nicholson & Hall property in the Cobblestone District. The site is catercorner to Ballyhoo, Tim Steven’s planned cocktail bar and restaurant in the former Malamute tavern building.
Ellicott Development purchased the Nicholson & Hall property at the northwest corner of Michigan and South Park Avenue in October for $950,000. The site has three buildings with 25,426 sq. ft. of space and is directly across from the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.
Hospitality industry sources say Lockhouse Distillery will be moving to the 41 Columbia Street site. Lockhouse Distillery is the first distillery to open in Buffalo since the Depression and has seen strong demand for its vodka and ‘artisinal’ spirits. The distillery is currently located in the Great Arrow Building at 255 Great Arrow Avenue in North Buffalo.
The Zoning Board of Appeals will be meeting on May 28 at 2 PM to consider the proposal. A distillery is not a permitted use in the zoning district.