Buffalo’s distinctive Southern Junction finds a restaurant

Ryan Fernandez gets Southern Junction a home

Ryan Fernandez, pictured in 2020, weeks earlier than he began promoting Southern Junction from 27 Chandler St. He plans to open his first restaurant this summer time at 267 Connecticut St.

Andrew Galarneau

Ryan Fernandez, who created his distinctive barbecue-by-way-of-Bengaluru menu from Keralan and Texas roots, has introduced his restaurant, Southern Junction, will be capable to welcome visitors.

At 367 Connecticut St., previously the late, lamented The Black Sheep, Fernandez will supply his work in correct settings – with tables, chairs, and margaritas. After the liquor license is obtained he’ll know extra exactly, however count on it to open this summer time, if all goes as deliberate.

The present Southern Junction menu might be carried in its entirety at Connecticut Avenue. Whether or not 27 Chandler St. stays open as a takeout window is just not but determined, although the smoker and kitchen there stay in his plans at current.

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Till Connecticut Avenue is prepared, step up for Southern Junction 5 days per week at Chandler Avenue, 11 a.m. to six p.m. Wednesday by Friday, 9 a.m. to five p.m. Saturday, or till bought out. Or order on-line at southernjunction716.com.

Apart from smoked beef brisket and cardamom cornbread, take into account the foldie ($10.50) along with your selection of meats on Keralan flatbread with coleslaw, pickled onions, and coconut curry sauce. I’d recommend the barbacurry, smoked beef shredded and combined with Fernandez’s masala spices.

For those who’re within the neighborhood, go throughout the courtyard to Flat 12, the indoor mushroom farm at 31 Chandler St., and purchase beef-and-mushroom borek ($5) from Lydia Herr, a gifted baker who occurs to be Hernandez’s girlfriend. Herr is creating a white bread worthy of accompanying Southern Junction’s work, as correct Texas barbecue etiquette requires.

Steve Gedra marked the event by penning a heartfelt farewell to The Black Sheep’s legions of followers.

“Ellen and I want to thank the Metropolis of Buffalo and all of you for giving us so many wonderful reminiscences inside of those partitions,” he stated on Instagram.

“We really feel so privileged for each meal you selected to share with us, however our stewardship of this property has ended. We want the brand new possession group all the greatest sooner or later.

“We left it higher than we discovered it, and he or she has unbelievable bones and an important soul. To the subsequent section for 367 Connecticut Avenue, and for us.”


Up to date Skinny Man menu: Skinny Man Brewery’s Elmwood Village location, at 492 Elmwood Ave., reopened Tuesday after renovations, with an up to date menu and a brand new look.

Bacon nubs ($8/$15), pork stomach nuggets smoked, fried, and tossed in maple bourbon glaze or home sizzling sauce, have made the minimize. One may additionally take into account the Smoked Tremendous Freak Hoagie ($22), of shaved smoked beef dressed with Tremendous Freak IPA cheese sauce, peppers, onions, and Flat 12 shiitake mushrooms, served on a toasted hoagie roll, and fries.

Kitchen hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday by Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Bar: 4 p.m. to midnight Monday by Thursday; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.  Cellphone: 716-923-4100. Try the menu at thinmanbrewery.com.


Bar operator sought: The West Facet Bazaar is in search of an operator to run the total bar inside 617 Principal St., the place it’s establishing Downtown Bazaar, a spot for its restaurant and boutique operators to work till the Niagara Avenue headquarters is completed.

There’s a 24-tap European model draft system, 20 bar seats, and about 80 desk seats in play.

events ought to contact Bazaar supervisor Mike Moretti at [email protected]. Learn extra

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