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The Porch & The Place

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The Place’s new porch/patio is coming along nicely. Workers are presently adding the final details to the restaurant’s new addition.

Once again, this project just goes to show the possibilities that existed all along, but it took someone with some serious vision to pull it off. When word first came around that The Place was adding a porch, a lot of people were left scratching their heads. Was there enough room? Would it look out of place? The initial rendering went a long way toward showing people that the porch/patio would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

The Place is a city gem. For years, the restaurant has been an integral part of the neighborhood. The only thing missing has always been outdoor seating. Well, that issue has been solved.

The attention to detail here is tremendous. Between the wood floor and the wood plank ceiling with recessed lighting, this was certainly not simply thrown together. The new porch also provides guests with a nice front entrance – in the past, visitors would get confused about which entranceway to use (the one on the corner remained locked due to insufficient ADA standards). Now, it’s clear just which set of steps to use. The Place looks great… and just in time for the Garden Walk!

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Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Matt Gracie

    Is that built over the sidewalk?

    • Brazooka

      Looks great but also my same first impression/concern with the scale…Looks awfully close to the sidewalk… especially with all the snow on those corners during the winter…. hopefully will be taken care of by the restaurant!

    • breckenridge

      The porch covers the linear sidewalk on Lexington, but there is plenty of additional concrete to walk around as the grass strip to the street was long ago paved over.

      • ES M

        So I don’t expect you to comment on any future posts that criticize cars parked over the sidewalk in driveways because there’s plenty of additional concrete to walk around at the end of the driveway.

        Incredible hypocrisy. The Place should be made to immediately tear this down.

        • breckenridge

          I am not in favor of them building over the sidewalk, I was just stating that they did, and that one could walk around. This is a common occurrence in the city with restaurant patios, which doesn’t make it right. I think you need to calm down.

  • lexwood

    There’s plenty of sidewalk. Cudos to the Place for investing in the neighborhood! Great food. Great beer selection!

  • OldFirstWard

    The porch seems out of proportion to the house. The side wing looks awkward. All the framing sits on hollow concrete blocks that rest on the sidewalk? The inside area looks nice but maybe an awning would have looked better.

    • InformedOne

      I wondered about the roof bearing on the hollow cmu block resting on the sidewalk also, unless there is a foundation under the sidewalk we aren’t privy to, seems a little less than sufficient and subject to frost heaving.

    • Rain

      It is unusual to see you nit pick.

    • lexwood

      You are clueless. The porch is architecturally accurate. Building permit was issued and work was inspected so your structural comments are unwarranted.

  • FreedomCM

    Does the city/building code actually allow one to ‘capture’ the public right of way (the sidewalk)?

    • eagercolin

      Maybe they got a variance or whatever? But yeah, the sidewalk belongs to the public.

  • Johnny Pizza

    In addition to the sidewalk issue, the article mentions ADA compliance. Where is the ADA compliant entrance with the addition?

  • BuffaloGals

    I finally ate here for the first time about two weeks ago. It was great, and I’m excited to go back and sit outside!