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Perks Café will become a sturdy anchor on Connecticut Street

The new Perks Café on Connecticut Street is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The interior is wide open, with plenty of seating arrangements. This is the type of café that one might expect to find along Elmwood Avenue, but it’s located on an up and coming commercial corridor, inside the Horsefeathers Building.

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Upon walking inside, earlier today, I took a quick look around, before pulling up a seat right at the coffee bar. After perusing the menu, I strolled over to the order counter, and requested a couple of egg breakfast sandwiches (adding avocado and turkey sausage – per my wife’s request), a couple of iced coffees, and a chai tea latte.

As we waited for our food and drinks to arrive, I took in the vibe of the place. I noticed a couple of people working on laptops, a few people lounging around sipping coffee drinks, and a number people sitting down and eating breakfast/brunch. I also noticed that there was a pastry case, which looked very tempting, but I refrained from indulging.

Thankfully, when the breakfast sandwiches arrived, they looked delicious – especially with the add-ons. The chai tea latte was also nice. The medium size latte in the house mug did the job. The two iced coffees (ordered to go) came with biodegradable straws from, which is a Perks’ signature stance – to become as earth-friendly as possible. By the end of 2018, their goal is to eliminate all non-biodegradable plastics from their service.

As I ate my food, I couldn’t help but notice the new mural in the kitchen, which was painted by a collaborative of local artists just last weekend. “I was able to get this project (almost) completed in 6 days,” said Julie Leone, Perks’ Director of Operations, Social Media and Marketing. “I received the artist’s work on Sunday, pulled it into Photoshop and got it on the wall the following day. The project was made possible with help from contributing artists Arynne Bednasz, Catherine Prince, Christopher Fecio, Darcie Rosinski, Emily Finlan, Juli Grygier, Kelsie Tangelder, Lindsay Tripp, Sara Murello, and myself – we were able to get the entire piece to 95% painted by opening day of the café.” Perks officially opened last Saturday, coinciding with the start of the Winter Market.

I feel lucky to live so close to this new Perks location. Being a fan of the Horsefeathers Building in general, I couldn’t think of a better business operation to take over this significant restaurant footprint within the building. I’m also excited that sometime in the near future they will have a brunch menu serving up craft beer, wine, and ciders. I can definitely see myself hanging out with friends and family, spending some quality time at this place.

Perks Café | 346 Connecticut Street | Buffalo NY 14213 | 716 725 0081

7am-5pm | Seven days a week

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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