Ted’s is said to be returning to Buffalo. Several sources say the beloved hot dog haven has signed a lease to occupy space on the ground floor of the Hampton Inn downtown that is owned by Benderson Development. Ted’s is taking the space next to Subway closest to Elmwood Avenue. The location is directly across from the 250 Delaware mixed-use complex at the western edge of the Chippewa entertainment district.
The long-running chain has been known for charcoal-grilled hot dogs & other fast fare since 1927. Ted’s was founded on the west side in 1927 and had a location on Porter Avenue for many years. It closed in 1998 after losing its lease. The restaurant currently has eight locations in WNY including Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Lockport, North Tonawanda, Tonawanda, Williamsville, and one in Tempe, Arizona.
The Chippewa location is expected to feature a patio that wraps around the back of the building and have a “lively and inviting” atmosphere with big screen TVs and comfortable seating to encourage patrons to stick around. The 2,500 sq.ft. location will cater to the grab-n-go crowd as well. It joins a lengthy list of restaurants that have recently opened or are planned to open downtown in coming months.