HandleBar, a restaurant offering rustic fare and craft beer in a bicycle-centric atmosphere, is planned for The HUB development on Swan Street.
The building it’s in will hold a mix of apartments and bicycle-friendly retail. That includes a 35-seat restaurant with a full bar on the first floor, at 149 Swan St. It’ll be run by Sarah Schneider, an owner of Merge, and Evan Thompson, a Buffalo teacher.
The plan is to have the doors open by the end of July, with an official opening in August, Schneider said. There will be lunch and dinner, a selection of smoothies, craft beer and cocktails. The menu won’t be all vegan, but “definitely has a very rooted feel to it,” she said.
Honey’s, a homegrown family restaurant with a broad menu of wings, pastas, burgers and more, has taken over the former Fuddruckers location at 4300 Maple Road, Amherst.
Owner Larry Pacifico said he’s planning a June opening for the 260-seat space. He’s working on adding a patio that could hold another 100, and a fire pit, hopefully by August. The new location will include a 60-seat banquet room with its own bar, he said.
Honey’s started 40 years ago on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls before moving to Niagara Falls Boulevard near the factory outlet mall. A Boulevard Mall location was closed in December.
“A lot of people like the feel of a chain,” Pacifico said. “We kind of offer that, but we’re still independent. That’s one of our charms.”
Open: Freddy J’s BBQ has opened a second location, at 402 Connecticut St. Fred Daniel, chef-owner, was fed up with turning people away for Sunday brunch at his 12-seat 195 Grant St. place. So he added a new location, serving breakfast and lunch Sunday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a 40-seat room. The plan is to get a liquor license on Connecticut Street and make that a dinner spot too, Daniel said. His Grant Street location remains open.
Open: A new Jamaican restaurant has taken over at 244 Niagara Falls Blvd., formerly Negril One Stop. It’s called Paradise Island (259-8440), and is serving jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, escovitch fish and more. (Hat tip to Michael Calleri.)
Moving: Greek to Me is getting ready to move from Delaware Avenue in Kenmore to Tonawanda’s Sheridan-Eggert Plaza in July. Vince Karam said he’s renovating the former Mighty Taco space, 2309 Eggert Road, to hold his 90-seat restaurant. Greek to Me opened at 3495 Delaware Ave. in 2008, anchored by a Greek-American diner menu. (Hat tip to Joseph Readl.)
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