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A Dead Afternoon @ The Wrecking Yard

This past Wednesday, I stopped by The Garage Café & Lounge on Hertel Avenue, to check out their beer garden, called The Wrecking Yard. I had heard that it was “bike night”, so I hopped on my bike and cruised over, to have a couple of beers and listen to some live music (Mikey C. – solo acoustic act).

The interior of The Garage Café & Lounge is pretty neat, but it’s the beer garden in back that really makes the place stand out. North Buffalo is so lucky to have a place like this – there’s nothing else like it around. Not only are there games to play (including corn hole), there’s also an outside bar. The evening that I swung by, the owner was out back cooking up $2 hotdogs.

The Garage Café & Lounge is famous for their Saturday morning (8am) cinnamon rolls!

As dusk set in, a bunch of people arrived and sat around the picnic tables. the music was great, and people were enjoying the sensational beer garden atmosphere. As I scoped out the scene, I noticed a flyer tacked to the bar. It broadcasted that his coming Saturday is dedicated to A Dead Afternoon @ The Wrecking Yard (1pm to 6pm) – it’s going to be an afternoon featuring the sounds of the Grateful Dead (music by Genesee Ted). Whether you’re a fan of The Dead or not, this is a great opportunity to stop by The Wrecking Yard, because summer’s almost over and there’s a beer garden with games and live tunes awaiting.

I’m so glad that I finally managed to check out The Wrecking Yard, which opened in early August. This is a great Hertel asset that should be on everyone’s list for a variety of reasons – from the neat looking retro/garage café to the grilled hotdogs on bike night! There’s also a full menu that includes paninis, wraps, breakfast sandwiches, and small plates, along with a brunch menu and a kid’s menu (see inset menu for a listing of items).

The Garage Café & Lounge | 1127 Hertel Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14216 | (716) 436-2141 | Facebook


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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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