New local dining venue Patina 250, located on the ground floor of Delaware North headquarters at Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street, will open to the public for dinner on Wednesday, September 14. Patina 250 is operated by Patina Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of Delaware North, making it the first Buffalo restaurant by the hospitality and food service behemoth.
While the food and bar menus have yet to be finalized, guests can expect twists on and reverent nods to local favorites as well as dishes that showcase the restaurant’s cherry and oak wood-fired grill. In practice, that translates to house-made potato and leek pierogi, Buffalo-style crispy cauliflower, smoked Carolina BBQ chicken wings, and a tamari and pineapple ahi tuna poke bowl as starters, among other offerings. Entrees include a double-cut pork chop, brook trout, and tomahawk ribeye for two—all of which likely benefit from the smokiness and caramelization a wood-fired grill, maneuvered correctly, can impart. Sour cherry cheesecake, anchored by a base of red velvet cake, is a standout dessert.
In addition to featuring local ingredients on its menu, including Flat #12 mushrooms, Elm Street Bakery breads, and Tommyrotter gin, Patina 250 incorporates local talent by way of its interior design. Buffalo artist Fotini Galanes contributed wall-spanning charcoal murals above the restaurant’s pillowed banquettes, while Peter Stephens’ “Big Bang” is a colorful point of focus in an otherwise neutral dining room. Executive chef Homer Ford is likewise a local, having made his way back to Western New York after years working in New York City kitchens.
Starting September 15, Patina 250 will open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and snacks, making it perhaps the only upscale option offering all-day service in the neighborhood. Reservations can be made by calling 716.290.0600.