Molly’s on Main is officially open. The Main Street market place in Downtown Buffalo is now serving up a variety of meals to people who are typically ‘on the go’. The culinary market place, located at Fountain Plaza/Rotary Rink, features a number of deli cases and refrigerated cases, filled with menu items and meals that can be made to order for those who have time, or snapped up for those who need to get back to work or back home for dinner.
Molly’s on Main is somewhat reminiscent of the old Vito’s Market at Elmwood and Chippewa. While not completely filled with products yet, the point is to offer a variety of jarred and packaged foods, prepared sides, and full meals that can be eaten at the market, at home or at the office.
In the winter time, the market will play off the skaters at Rotary Rink – families will gather inside to get warm, grab a sandwich and a cocoa or coffee. In the summer, diners will be able to sit outside and listen to the sounds of the flowing fountain that resides at the plaza. This market should become a year round destination that will draw people from all over who are in search of good food at reasonable prices. “We’re concentrating on serving up fresh food for those who don’t have a lot of time to go shopping,” said head chef Michael Hollatz-Guastella.
“We’re here for the downtown workers who are sick of eating pizza and wings when they get home,” added general manager Luis Olmedo. “They can grab something out of the deli case on the fly, or we can make it to order. Whether it’s a full meatloaf dinner or a bunch of side salads, we want to make sure that everyone is happy. We even decided that we’re going to offer complete holiday dinners. For example, if someone places an order before November 20, we will make sure that they will have a Thanksgiving dinner prepared, with all of the fixings. We even offer ‘butler passed’ hors d’oeuvres.”
Mike and Luis went on to tell me how the chips are made in house, they do their own pickling, a baking crew shows up at 4am every morning to prepare the pastries and the desserts… even the corned beef, pastrami and bacon is cured and smoked nearby at William K’s by chef Todd Lesakowski. William K’s is owned by Molly Ford Koessler, who is the owner and namesake of Molly’s on Main. Apparently, another one of the driving forces behind opening the market on Main was due to the seasonal nature of William K’s and The Hatch (also operated by Koessler). Now there will be fewer layoffs over the winter. I spoke to one staff worker who told me that the decision kept him here in Buffalo instead of heading back to Oakland, Ca. where he hails from.
For those downtown workers/dwellers who just can’t get to the supermarket after a long day, Molly’s wants you to know that they have got you covered. Whether that’s with a traditional ham sandwich (or ham by the pound), cookies, muffins and desserts, designated daily specials, or even weekly surprises (such as Bagel Fridays by Bagel Jay’s), there’s plenty to pick up and even more to look forward to.
Molly’s on Main | 40 Fountain Plaza | Rotary Rink | Downtown Buffalo | Breakfast, lunch, dinner