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Buffalo’s Perks Café Adding Voluminous New Downtown Location

Perks Café, a favorite coffee shop destination on Elmwood Avenue (corner of Bryant) is getting its second act together. Julie Leone (Director of Operations & Marketing) and Emily Stanford (Store Manager) will be staging another quality café experience. This time the café will be 2000 square feet more than its existing Elmwood location. The business, which has roots in Downtown Buffalo, will be opening at 777 Main Street (Corner of Goodell), taking the place of Kaydara, which will be moving.

The new Perks location is scheduled to open in December. The additional space will allow the café and eatery to expand its Perks’ Catering Business. Perks is counting on its coffee, espresso, fresh baked goods, and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options to be the mainstay of its operation.

Perks will continue to pursue their vision of creating inclusive cafés that value quality local products, eco-friendly initiatives, and supporting the community.

The locally owned café, owned by Wainfleet Companies and based in the Birge Mansion, will also be expanding its hours into the evening at its new downtown location. They also plan on serving beer and wine at the voluminous space. The close proximity to the growing Medical Campus, as well as a blossoming Main Street, are two key components that drew the café to take over the space.

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  • greenca

    Where is Kaydara moving to? When?

    • eagercolin

      It might take some time to find another space with such poor ventilation that the dining room fills with smoke from the kitchen, but they’ll find it eventually.

      • hilaritee

        that poor ventilation was a deal breaker for me. i hope they land in a more suitable spot.

  • armyof100clowns

    What happened to their cool sign at the current location? It just disappeared one day.

  • buffalo2017

    Love cafes that serve wine and beer! Only other one I am aware of now is Cafe Aroma – is that correct?

    • Batmobile84

      Sweetness_7 does, but they’re only open until 3 or 6 depending on the day. And I agree with you! We need more!

  • TownhouseLLC

    Great news, their former Washington and Broadway location is dearly missed.

  • RayFinkle

    good add to main street much needed … and Julie Leone is a fox anyways …good add also

    • Batmobile84

      Ugh, no need to be a creep, dude.

      • RayFinkle


        a thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline. ” …snowflake

  • Billybobn

    Great news! We passed it this morning and hope they’ll consider removing the privacy film from the windows. You haven’t been able to sense activity inside that storefront, even when it’s full of customers. PLUS, I know Perks loves decorating their windows… can’t do that with privacy film 😉