There’s a big change coming to The Hyatt Regency’s atrium this summer. Work is underway on converting a sizable section of the atrium into a Starbucks café. The addition of the café is part of an even larger atrium upgrade project that is being conducted by Snyder Corp, the company that owns and operates the hotel. The $500K project includes a patio, which is already being used by hotel guests.
Once completely operational, this Main Street enhancement will do a great deal to liven up this section of Main Street – a revival that is being led by a slew of businesses and restaurants that pioneered the block. Starbucks will be the icing on the cake for this section of Main Street – the big name coffee business will generate a big buzz.
Last evening was the first time that I ever saw Downtown Main Street so busy (relatively speaking of course). I grabbed dinner with a friend on the Raclettes patio across from the Hyatt atrium. I must say that the salad niçoise was absolutely dynamite – one of my new favorite meals in Buffalo.
Not only was the patio busy, as we ate, we watched all of the activity at Jerk’s just down the way. We also couldn’t help but comment on a few classic cars that were parked along Main Street. To add to that, Roosevelt Plaza looked smashing with all of the greenery that was now in full bloom (except for one tree).
While there is still much work to be done to fill in the gap tooth storefronts, seeing all of the activity generated by the businesses that have opened is pretty awesome. My friend, who lives in The Bellasario, told me that it’s been painful watching Main Street construction work underway for so long. But now everything is looking up. Even Just Fries is getting its game face on – rumor has it that they might be opening as soon as today.
It’s been a long time coming, that The Hyatt Regency got its act together and contributed to the rebirth of Main Street. Landing a Starbucks will only help to fuel the fire that has been lit as of late. In the summer, this patio will be constantly filled with customers, and in the winter, the atrium will serve its purpose as a brilliant, naturally illuminated café where visitors will be able to glimpse Downtown Buffalo in (almost) all of its glory.