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Buffalo Proper Comes A Calling

I always loved the bar/restaurant setup at Laughlin’s (333 Franklin). Whether it was the late afternoon sunlight streaming in through the windows or the breathtaking cupola ceiling, the place was dripping with potential. Thankfully, two of Buffalo’s finest, Jon Karel and Ed Forster, have come together to create a recipe for success that all of Buffalo will benefit from for years to come.

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If you’re familiar with the former Laughlin’s setup, then you pretty much know the aesthetic makeup of Buffalo Proper. The new owners have added some touches that stand out, but thankfully kept the integrity of the place intact. You will notice the addition of fresh-looking subway tile, carpeting, lighting, and a killer overbuilt back bar. You will also notice the presence of nearly every bottle of spirits under the sun and moon. The bottles lining the back bar beckon to patrons to pick up a cocktail menu, even those that are diehard wine and beer snobs. That’s what happened to me last night. Instead of going down the normal route, I opted to imbibe in one of mixologist Jon Karel’s creations.

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After trying an initial palate teaser, I eventually found myself intrigued with the look of my friend’s concoction that was served up in a proper copper mule mug. After an initial taste of the refreshingly tasty drink (a variation of a Moscow mule) I was hooked. It’s rare that I never revert back to beer or wine, but last night there was no turning back. I repositioned myself from the main bar, to the wrap-around patio, to the more secluded second floor bar, all the while clutching my new favorite drink.

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From the second floor bar, I could see Karel shaking away, playing barkeep extraordinaire, as Chef Forster shined in the kitchen. The bar and kitchen setup is perfect for these two. It’s almost as if they play off each other, which is something that you rarely see at a restaurant – the chef is usually sequestered to the back as the bartender shows off in the front. Buffalo Proper allows both of these guys to do their thing in front of a crowd that has come to know them for their craft.

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Out of everything that I experienced last evening, one of their calling cards that still rings clear in my mind is the music. Yes, the place is beautiful, and the drinks are killer. The lighting is perfect, and the service impeccable. But it was the sound of jazz that made the biggest impact on me. These guys played real old school jazz that resounded through the building. If there’s one thing that I can’t stand, it’s bad music – and there’s a lot of it out there. I can’t remember the last time that I walked into a restaurant and found myself paying attention the music (in a good way). The music at Buffalo Proper is the crucial element that brings everything together.

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In coming days we’re heading back to Buffalo Proper to try the food (stay tuned). I’m looking forward to that experience, just as much as I look forward to another chance to settle back into another “mule”… in a setting that has got to be one of Buffalo’s best.

It should be duly noted that this place serves food until 2am – another key factor that will pay off in the long run. There comes a time, when you need a solid go-to past midnight, and Buffalo Proper will be there to answer the call. All-in-all, Buffalo Proper is a great addition to the city’s restaurant scene.

Buffalo Proper | 333 Franklin St | Buffalo, New York | (716) 783-8699 | Facebook

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Written by queenseyes

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. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • buffgalesq

    I love that they did away with the huge, imposing televisions.  We don’t need every single bar to be equipped with loud, overbearing flat screens.

  • BuffaloBoi

    Looks nice. I may check it out this weekend

  • LouisTully

    buffgalesq I noticed the televisions appear to be gone also.  And I agree it’s nice to have places free of them.  It’ll definitely appease some commenters. 
    However, I don’t think I’d call them huge and imposing.  They had one, two at most, and it was in the bar area hardly visible from the upstairs dining area.  And they were probably 42″, shy of huge and imposing.  Huge and imposing is a 38′ screen like (716) will have.

  • buffgalesq

    LouisTully I seem to recall there being 3.  Maybe I’m wrong but even 2 felt like too much in that particular bar.  It is such a beautiful set-up, I felt the flat screens detracted from the otherwise great ambiance (which is why I considered them to be imposing).
    Regardless, glad they’re gone!

  • hockeyhips83

    hey, i got an idea… don’t be lazy about naming your place when you’re another business notes that you can’t have their name.  
    how about something like ‘mckinley’s last stop’ or how about playing up on the problem which forced the establishment to rename, ‘Cease & Desist’

  • LouisTully

    buffgalesq LouisTully Yeah, and even with the height it was sort of tight.. kind of?  So anything more than a single television could be too much.  I didn’t think it was anything negative, especially since you could barely see them from the upper dining area, if at all.  But, yeah, it’s nice to have sans television establishments.

  • LouisTully

    hockeyhips83 ?  Why was that lazy?  I heard about the naming issue, surprised no mention at all.  Just not sure how it’s lazy.

  • hockeyhips83

    LouisTully hockeyhips83 ‘buffalo proper’ is a pretty lame name for a business.

  • JayDBuffalo

    hockeyhips83 LouisTully 
    Lamest. whining. ever

  • hockeyhips83

    hockeyhips83 LouisTully
    no, no, you’re out of your eliment JayDBuffalo
    if i were whining i would have said;  
    ‘that place is terrible, wah, it’s pretentious, wah, there no parking, wah, wah wah wah wah… here are a bunch of reasons that are completely unjustifiable for why this establishment is unappealing… reason reason reason….’
    THAT’s whining.  
    above is merely sharing an observation.  the business isn’t terrible. the name is awful, that is all.

  • Doug E Fresh

    hockeyhips83
    What’s in a name if the content speaks for itself?

  • Sabres00

    hockeyhips83 Quite trying to make “McKinley’s Last Stop” happen, it’s not going to happen.  If they were lazy they could have called it Blood and Sand Buffalo.

  • FirstRingSuburban

    I haven’t been here yet, but if the Yelp reviews are any indication, I won’t be.  Vera Pizza Mustache Hipster Part 2.

  • micahh64

    hockeyhips83 
    “how about something like ‘mckinley’s last stop'”
    Right — because, emphasizing that you’re the scene of a presidential assassination is SURE to pack in customers . . .
    .

  • BuffaloBoi

    FirstRingSuburban yelp is a scam. They come into all new businesses demanding they buy an ad and/or hold an event in which the owner pays for all food and drinks (as well as it’s staff) to all local yelp reviewers. IF the owner refuses, …..yelp will have it’s writers pose as ‘customers’ (even ones who have never stepped foot in that business or even in that same city to have been able too) write a bad review. And that is how yelp operates.

  • FirstRingSuburban

    Really? I’ve written hundreds of Yelp reviews, attended two years worth of those events and never once have I been asked to write something positive or negative. I have however been offered money from a downtown bus
    Knowing is half the battle, son.

  • BuffaloBoi

    FirstRingSuburban Really? Cause, I know of several business owners who all have had the same experience with a certain fellow (main guy for Yelp in Buffalo) who has been pulling the same scam. Sounds like you may be just that guy?

  • FirstRingSuburban

    No, I’m not Adam. He’s a nice guy though.

  • BuffaloBoi

    FirstRingSuburban tell that to the people he tried ripping off and giving bad reviews for not buying an ad.

  • FirstRingSuburban

    Specifically, what restaurants/businesses?

  • BuffaloBoi

    FirstRingSuburban I’m not going that far on here.

  • LouisTully

    BuffaloBoi FirstRingSuburban I should just be quiet because this isn’t my fight and I don’t really care that much.  But since I’m getting the emails I might as well chime in.
    BuffaloBoi It wouldn’t surprise me if what you claim is true; but it’s a bit silly to make all your claims then bow out without any specific substantiation.  At least offer to  finish the discussion with FirstRingSuburban through email.

  • FirstRingSuburban

    LouisTully BuffaloBoi FirstRingSuburban
    Its OK; I took what he said with a grain of salt and from that, I determined he was full of equine excrement.  When you have no evidence to support your accusations, you retreat into your anonymous fortress of solitude.

  • BuffaloBoi

    FirstRingSuburban LouisTully BuffaloBoi Okay, I’ll give you one business: Filigrees Gallery & Boutique on Elmwood. Same trick was used on her. Adam wanted her to spend money on food and drinks to treat the ‘yelp’ folks and also to donate hoola hoops and other items. When she turned it down, they get an awful review on yelp that didn’t even add up. It came from someone claiming they received the rudest customer service and the store was dirty. But, their is only two people working there, and neither one could even say who what when or how that is even possible.
    Another business, now closed is ‘Perfetto’s’…Adam scammed the owner out of money by holding a major ‘yelp networking party’ with plenty of food and drinks and then demanding ‘coupons’ for everyone who came. (Mind you, the owner was already losing money on the event alone since he wasn’t even officially open yet). …after some members from ‘yelp’ tried bribing the him ‘I’d like a discount or free stuff since I work for yelp’ , when denied, the bad reviews came in. Even I wrote a ‘positive’ review on the site only to find it ‘deleted’ and all the negative ones were kept. ..Why is that?

  • FirstRingSuburban

    BuffaloBoi FirstRingSuburban LouisTully
    I was at that Yelp Networking Event at Perfetto’s.  That business deserved to close; horrible wait staff, horrible management, horrible ownership. 
    As far as Filgrees Gallery goes, there are 12 reviews not recommended.  Those reviews are written by those who have zero friends and thats because they are more often than not, requested reviews by the ownership and staff.  
    Next?

  • BuffaloBoi
  • FirstRingSuburban

    BuffaloBoi FirstRingSuburban LouisTully And, for the sake of continuing this argument — which one of those articles specifically references ADAM and the BUFFALO YELP CONTINGENCY?  Since, after all — you have that information to provide, because you have first hand knowledge of it.  
    And, furthermore, most of the fake reviews generated are caused by the restaurant/business owners themselves, hiring third party consultants to fix their online persona.

  • BuffaloBoi

    FirstRingSuburban BuffaloBoi LouisTully from the local experience to the national reviews. It’s all fake. End of discussion.

  • FirstRingSuburban

    BuffaloBoi FirstRingSuburban LouisTully ALL fake?  Well, I’m real and I’ve never written a fake review.  So, I guess that ends that.  Now, the discussion is over.

  • BuffaloBoi

    FirstRingSuburban BuffaloBoi LouisTully that we know of.

  • jonny99

    Do you always let others make your decisions for you?

  • jonny99

    Do you always let others make decisions for you?

  • Sabres00

    BuffaloBoi FirstRingSuburban Sounds like you are talking to crotchety business owner who have terrible business or you’re trying to drum up controversy where there is none.  I was a Yelp “Elite” member for a few years and attended several free events.  They were generally fun and we got to meet the owner(s).  If anything it made it harder to write a bad review of the business, because you put a face to the business.  We were specifically  told to not write a review of the actual event.  What’s funny is I was specifically thinking about Perfetto in this case.  It was a great Yelp event, I met the owner and loved him.  I went back a while later and the food was horrible.  I felt bad writing a negative review, but it was pretty awful.  That place went out of business because they had massive overhead and the food was below average.  I know people hate Yelp because some of the reviewers (Myself included) think that they are better then everyone else, but I don’t think Yelp is the reason some restaurants go out of business.  I actually think there’s too much homer-isim in the reviews.  Over the course of a few years I’ve met the people who run these Yelp events, and if you actually think that they are in the business of fleecing a business out of money then it’s safe to assume you are one of Tom Bauerle’s listeners.

  • hockeyhips83

    micahh64 hockeyhips83 how about ‘where everyone bashes everything without offering another idea’

  • hockeyhips83

    Sabres00 hockeyhips83 nope, doubt it. that wouldn’t have worked with the existing establishment which issued a seize and desist.  whatever. moving on.

  • BuffaloBoi
  • Sabres00

    BuffaloBoi Wouldn’t that be good news for Yelp?