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Patina 250 opens

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.

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The 250 burger is topped with bibb lettuce, green tomato jam, Cabot clothbound cheddar, crispy onions, and Patina’s special 250 sauce.
The 250 burger is topped with bibb lettuce, green tomato jam, Cabot clothbound cheddar, crispy onions, and Patina’s special 250 sauce.

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.

Patina’s chopped chicken salad is a hearty mashup of edamame, peanuts, and pickled cucumbers in a sesame-ginger vinaigrette.
Patina’s chopped chicken salad is a hearty mashup of edamame, peanuts, and pickled cucumbers in a sesame-ginger vinaigrette.

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.

Patina 250 | 250 Delaware Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14202 | (716) 290-0600 | Facebook

Piergoi at Patina are the classic potato, leek, and onion variety. Rather than mess with a classic, Patina 250 serves its chicken wings smoked Carolina BBQ style. Crisp cauliflower is served with a thick pool of spicy wing sauce and blue cheese shavings.
Piergoi at Patina are the classic potato, leek, and onion variety. Rather than mess with a classic, Patina 250 serves its chicken wings smoked Carolina BBQ style. Crisp cauliflower is served with a thick pool of spicy wing sauce and blue cheese shavings.
Sour cherry cheesecake is a standout a Patina’s dessert menu.
Sour cherry cheesecake is a standout a Patina’s dessert menu.

Written by Caitlin Hartney

Caitlin Hartney

Caitlin has covered local food and drink for Buffalo Rising since 2015, having previously written for Artvoice, the Public, and the Buffalo News. She works full time in marketing communications and is earning her master's degree in history at University at Buffalo, the latter of which occasionally informs her writing. Most importantly, she likes the word "moist" and doesn't care who knows it. How else do you describe a great piece of cake?

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