716 Food and Sports at HarborCenter has launched its outdoor patio services – 716 (Sideline). 716 first tested out the patio commissary back in November, and then tucked it away during the winter. Now the food and drink stands are back. To the left of the front door is the beer service, and to the right is the food service. Currently, the food options consist of One Buffalo Beer Bourbon Bacon Jam Sliders for $9.99, Rusty Rib Tacos for $8.99, and Chicken Quesadilla for $8.99.
The setup is a great one. The front patio is ‘prime time seating’ at the corner of Washington Street and Scott Street. There are flatscreen TVs available for customers who want to keep up to date with the latest in sports coverage.
Earlier today was a bit chilly (around noon), so the patio was not occupied. Later in the day, it was a bit warmer, but by that time I think the entire city of Buffalo was over at Larkinville for Food Truck Tuesdays.
I was going to stop and have a beer at the new 716 (Sidelines) patio, but there was not one single bike rack to be found anywhere. You would think that this huge restaurant development would have incorporated a few racks into the plan, but apparently that simple feature must have eluded them. It’s too bad, because there are loads of cyclists at Canalside who will probably never roll in to 716. It’s incredible that so many places still overlook a large segment of the population that rides bikes, especially when bike racks are free for commercial enterprises when ordering from the City Hall website – something to think about.
I gather that 716 (Sidelines) will start to hit its strides when the weather heats up. This time of year, the sun ditches behind HarborCenter around noon, leaving the patio mostly in the shade. Come summer, the shade will be a welcome relief from the direct sunshine.
The outdoor seating element adds an entirely different element to 716, which should bode well for the restaurant this summer. There’s plenty of seating, lots of activity to observe, and no reason to go inside for service. A couple of bright patio umbrellas would go a long way towards completing the picture. Other than that (and bike racks) it looks as if they thought about almost everything (including recycling).