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La Gourmet Empanadas

A former banquet hall at the corner of West Ferry and Herkimer is getting a significant makeover, and will soon be opened as La Gourmet Empanadas.

This is a significant development for the West Side, considering the deplorable condition the building was in (at least on the outside). Actually, I assumed that the old Mount Major Banquet Hall would eventually fall into a state of disrepair that would be too forgone to make a comeback.


Fortunately I was wrong, and the building, which is over 10,0000 square feet in size, is being given a renewed lease on life. New windows are being installed, and the brickwork has been painted (all one color tone).

According to Loopnet, the banquet hall boasts a restaurant space and a banquet hall. lists the architect as Thomas W. Harris – “Built as Mizpah Lodge #518 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)”. It is said that this was once a three-storey building. The building is located across the street from a Hope refugee drop-in center (part of Jericho Road), which is another anchor on the street. This news bodes well for West Ferry – a street that has a ton of potential that never gets realized.

La Gourmet Empanadas | 219 West Ferry | Website


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

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