In typical Buffalo fashion, there is some lash back over the scheduled opening of a restaurant in the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park. Unfortunately there appears to be some propaganda going around that the place is going to be more of a bar, than a restaurant. That is simply not true. Yes, the restaurant will have a bar that seats eight people. The rest of the space will be dedicated to seating. There is also an allegation that Magnolia Catering, the current operator within the space, got handed the deal without going through a proper RFP process. Once again, that is not true. Magnolia happens to be the current operator within the building and opted to open to the public instead of keeping the boathouse/casino closed – except for private parties and events such as weddings.
For some reason, a few people who live in the neighborhood are trying to give the operators a hard time for doing the right thing. The Marcy Casino should be open to the public with a restaurant setting, not closed off except for weddings and other private functions. Just recently operators Jason Davidson and Mike Shatzel decided to test out the response from the public, to see if people would support a restaurant. Overall the reception to the concept has been met with very positive feedback. And why not? Why the heck wouldn’t the general public want to see an operational restaurant that will help to offset the costs of maintaining the building?
This is the wrong time to be taking a step backward, Buffalo.
“The Proposal includes added multiple layers of additional security to the park including surveillance cameras, police patrols, parking enforcement and lighting,” said operator Jason Davidson. “It has the support of Buffalo’s D District which covers the park. We did everything that we could to mitigate the issues that people might have with the restaurant.The design was reviewed by the Park’s Design and Review committee and they love it. It is very historically oriented. The Board of Directors from The Conservancy unanimously approved the plan and it will raise about 150K additional revenue for the park. We will offer brunch, lunch and dinner service. Light acoustic music will be offered on the patio. The restaurant won’t be any louder than the cocktail parties currently being held in the space now, without any history of noise complaints.“
With eight bar stools, and a concept that revolves around food, and a 10pm closing time, Magnolia has done everything in its capability to create something that the public would welcome. For the most part, the public has been receptive, all except a few people who are selfishly against the concept because they live nearby and don’t want to see a bar open. Once again, this is far from a bar – it’s something that we can all be proud of, that will give people another reason to embrace our Olmsted Parks.
The restaurant will be family friendly and the whole concept focuses on being an asset to the park and the community.
“Every day numerous park goers stop in and inquire about the restaurant opening and show their support and excitement for the project,” Davidson added. “This will also open up restrooms for the public which has been a major concern. In the winter kids can warm up after sledding with a cup of cocoa and lunch. Does it get any better than that? The restaurant will be family friendly and the whole concept focuses on being an asset to the park and the community. We reach out to many local non-profits about fundraising events and are even hosting one tonight for Shakespeare in the Park.“
An online petition has been generated in order to rally support for The Terrace at Delaware Park. We cannot allow a few people to squash the vision that will turn this building into a restaurant open to the general public.
If you want to see the historic boathouse transitioned into an honest to goodness restaurant, then please take a couple of seconds to sign this petition.