Allentown rising: Two eateries set to grace corner of Elmwood, Allen
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • May 04, 2012 @ 9:17am
Several reports confirm that a tavern and a cakery will open on Allen Street in the coming months.
A tavern at 197 Allen St., right by Allen’s intersection with Elmwood, will open under the direction of restaurateur Dave Forness, former owner of The Buffalo House and Hemingway’s, Buffalo Rising reported in early April. The tavern will replace the newly-vacant Gelsey’s clothing store, pictured below from Google Maps.
The Buffalo News’ City Hall reporter Aaron Besecker confirmed that the tavern, currently nameless, was approved by the Buffalo Common Council this week. While Buffalo Rising suggested that Forness, who WIVB reported as responsible for Gabriel’s Gate’s tax debt in 2010, would included a char-broiler in his restaurant, there was no indication from Besecker’s blog post that the tavern would sell anything more than specialty paninis.
In addition, the Buffalo News’ Andrew Galarneau notes that the Buffalo Cakery will fill the vacancy left by Sweet Tooth’s closing at 94 Elmwood Ave., immediately east of the coming tavern.
The TBN article explains that the cakery is the project of owner Justina Adams, and it’ll be the first store in Buffalo to sell Lockport’s Lake Effect Ice Cream as its house ice cream. Adams intends to have the cakery open by June 5, the blog post states.
It’s exciting that Allen Street has been able to fill the vacant northwest corner of the Elmwood/Allen intersection with attractive options. With Cantina Loco in the fold—and thriving, too—Allentown is an even more attractive destination.
Header photo courtesy of Flickr / EpSos.de.