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One of the last true holdouts!

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry regarding this one. For over a decade 185 Allen has been sitting vacant. The last tenant to occupy the space was Drool. Ack! This is one of the last holdouts when it comes to wasted opportunities. The storefront sits between Cantina Loco and Allen Burger Venture – two extremely successful businesses.

Over the years countless entrepreneurs have taken a whack at this property, trying to get return phone calls and straight stories. Maybe even a lease. In the end, they all came away frustrated with the handlings. Now the property is being listed on LoopNet, with the following assets:

  • Completely Gutted
  • Landlord or tenant can remodel to suit
  • Beautiful large brick courtyard with elevated area suitable for outdoor seating or other use
  • Access to Elmwood Avenue
  • Full usuable basement
  • Will consider leasing first floor separately from 2nd floor

Now maybe the owner has finally come to his senses. Only time will tell. At this stage in the city’s renaissance, there is no reason that this place should remain shuttered. If anyone would like to share some insight into this property, we would love to hear what the holdup has been. I’m not saying that the owner is actually going out of his way to do anything different… I have heard that some younger family members are just as frustrated as we are, at the apathetic nature of this ongoing Allentown dilemma. Hopefully they can talk some sense into him.


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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