Many among the new wave of Buffalo restaurant fanciers have never heard of Victor Hugo’s, once one of the city’s finest restaurants. What experiences could Peter Gust Economou’s Park Lane, or The Cloister, present that today’s restaurants cannot?

In anticipation of Forest Lawn’s speaker series, “Buffalo’s Best Restaurants Remembered,” beginning Jan. 27, The News invites former customers and staff to send in memories, stories or anecdotes worth sharing. If we get enough responses we’ll write a story about these restaurant gems of another era. Email them to">agalarneau@ or mail to: Restaurants Remembered, 1 News Plaza, Buffalo NY 14203.

Besides Victor Hugo’s, Park Lane and The Cloister, the four-part series will also highlight Turgeon restaurants, which started with Sign of the Steer.

– Andrew Galarneau