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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, 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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