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blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a Syracuse-based barbecue joint that’s been a Central New York favorite since 1988, is coming to Buffalo.

According to Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, the “roadhouse-themed bar and restaurant” branched out to other New York cities Rochester, Harlem and Troy, and two out-of-state restaurants are slated to open in Newark, N.J. and Stamford, Conn.

Now, a Buffalo location is in the works. “That’s as far as my (expansion) plan goes,” Dinosaur CEO and co-founder John Stage told the Rochester paper.

The news of the barbecue eatery’s move to Western New York may come as a surprise, but Syracuse’s Post-Standard predicted this expansion a couple years ago. When part of the chain’s ownership shifted, paperwork from the company’s real estate consultant revealed the company’s plan to move into other major metropolitan areas, including Buffalo.

“We will never open restaurants unless we can do it right,” Stage told the Syracuse paper in 2010. “There’s no master plan to say we’re going to throw these restaurants all over the place.”

Related links:
Wall Street Journal: Dinosaur CEO eyes Buffalo for next BBQ joint
The Buffalo News: Dinosaur BBQ scouting Buffalo locations, finally
Buffalo Business First: Marriott coming downtown; Dinosaur Bar-B-Que eyes Buffalo

Photo courtesy of Flickr / mackarus.

TAGGED: barbeque, dinosaur, food, restaurants, syracuse

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  1. Big Ben February 15, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    Dinosaur BBQ and Dave Matthews Band both are coming to Buffalo? This is officially a holiday for stoned people throughout WNY.

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  2. Tony CityLove February 17, 2012 @ 5:08pm

    I dont like when the “media” promotes non-local businesses ..... especially the amount of love they have gotten for “one line in another city’s newspaper.”

    Not to mention that there is probably a 70% chance that the location will be selected and it will not be in the city of Buffalo, proper.

    Most importantly, is Buffalo.com abreast of all the restaurants (and businesses) that opened over the last few weeks?  If they were getting their fair due (and not just from your site) .... then it would be harder to call this headline recycling.

    Those are the businesses that need the valuable ink space.

    Keep up that good work, Buffalo!

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