Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a fast-food chain known for its fried chicken, will open in North Buffalo at the end of October, marking its first Western New York location.
The restaurant will be located near Aldi at 2106 Elmwood Ave., and plans call for a drive-thru and new parking along Elmwood. Customers also will have access to 20 parking spaces in the Aldi lot.
The restaurant plans to be open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
During a public hearing on the project Tuesday, no one from the community raised any concerns, and the city’s Planning Board did not object to the design. But not enough board members were in attendance to vote, delaying approval for two weeks.
Construction on the 2,900-square-foot restaurant is expected to begin in July and take three months, said Popeyes Construction Manager David N. Wallace.
The nearest Popeyes are in Niagara Falls, Ont., and Rochester.
In other business at the Planning Board meeting: • Three city restaurants requested approval for new patios.
Butterwood Sweet and Savory and Pan American Grill, both at the Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St., and Savoy, a cocktail bar that serves light fare at 149 Elmwood Ave., presented plans for small patios to the Planning Board.
Board members did not raise objections and appeared inclined to approve them in two weeks, assuming enough members attend so the board can vote.
• The Rev. Dwayne Jones of Mount Aaron Missionary Baptist Church, 538 Genesee St., described the growth in his congregation and the need for an addition. The church plans a 3,560-square-foot expansion, as the congregation has doubled now that the church offers more activities for children and seniors, Jones said.
Board members said they think the improvements will be good for the neighborhood, which is southeast of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
During the Common Council’s Legislation Committee meeting Tuesday, residents from the Seneca-Babcock neighborhood complained about air quality, noise and truck damage stemming from operations at Battaglia Demolition. “There is no quality of life for these people whatsoever,” said Arthur J. Robinson, a community activist .
The Council will look into ways to stop concrete crushing at the site, said Council President Richard A. Fontana. “These people are living in a horror film over there,” he said. “It’s not conducive to a healthy neighborhood.”
Battaglia Demolition owner Peter Battaglia said his business is in full compliance with all city and state regulations and that he has been crushing concrete since 1998.
In other business at the Legislation Committee meeting:
• Council Members Darius G. Pridgen and Demone A. Smith called on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to remove beer advertisements from Metro Rail cars, noting that children use the transit service. The authority has said it will continue the practice, though Pridgen said he is inviting an NFTA representative to an upcoming meeting to discuss the ads.
• James Brem, a resident of the Roosevelt Apartments at 921 Main St., told the committee of his concerns about plans by the University at Buffalo to purchase a parking area used by his fellow residents, which would force them to park elsewhere. Pridgen said the Council would seek a response from the residential building’s owner, though the project is not subject to city approval.
• Lawmakers sent a measure that would make the city’s “ban the box” ordinance take effect in January to the full Council for a vote. The Council voted in late May to prevent employers in the city, with some exceptions, from asking on a job application whether an applicant had been convicted of a crime. The ordinance did not say when it would take effect.
The law does not prevent employers from asking about prior criminal convictions after an initial application has been filed, or during interviews.