Function Eatery follows clients out of downtown

Feature Eatery followed customers to Amherst

At 9310 Transit Street, Amherst, Michael Khoury and firm are providing one other Chipotle-model, quick-serve meal format, with costs from $10.99 to $14.49.

After offering regular employment to those that served them, the Buffalo workplace employees who as soon as streamed into downtown 5 days every week have dwindled like salmon minimize off by a brand new dam.

Michael Khoury, co-owner of Function Eatery, comes from a Lebanese restaurateur household. His place at 598 Primary St. made him the most recent in a protracted line of Khourys who, over generations, discovered themselves making their residing feeding Buffalo workplace employees.

Then got here the pandemic, and an epic shift within the financial realities going through downtown retail companies. “The workplace employees by no means got here again,” Khoury mentioned. “Some have come again, a bit, however I’d be shocked in the event that they’re 25% full at this level.”

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So Khoury gave up 598 Primary St., which has been occupied by one of many all-time downtown lunch stalwarts, Sue’s N.Y. Deli. A part of the household, really, with many years of hard-won expertise in the way to survive the shifting financial sands of downtown retail.

At 9310 Transit Street, Amherst, Khoury and firm are providing one other Chipotle-model, quick-serve meal format, with costs from $10.99 to $14.49. The Function Eatery distinction is within the scratch cooking and recipes dialed in to native tastes for years, throughout nearly each eating regimen. The place has 20 seats, and serves delicate drinks.

The distinction shifting to Transit Street made, was that now Function can get clients after 2 p.m. and on Saturday, Khoury mentioned.

“We’re simply following all people, our clients, to the place they really dwell and work now, and that is within the suburbs.”

Definitely, that panorama may change, once more, Khoury acknowledged. However based mostly on the response he is seen to Function Eatery to this point, he is in the best place.

“If you’re making an attempt to develop, it is troublesome downtown, as a result of the lunch rush is it. You may have a really restricted time to truly generate income.”

Try the menu at Cellphone: 716-510-7465. Hours: 11 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday by means of Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Pita Gourmand Sheridan Drive: In additional Lebanese quick-serve restaurant information, Pita Gourmand opened its Sheridan Drive retailer Jan. 3, at 3122 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Readers could bear in mind it as the location of the late, pink-clad Alice’s Kitchen.

Try the menu or order on-line at Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday by means of Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Kaylena Marie’s in East Amherst: Recognized for its mammoth cinnamon rolls in inventive configurations and all-around bakery bodaciousness, Kaylena Marie’s has opened a location at 9320 Transit Street, East Amherst.

Cellphone: 716-926-6519. Hours: 7 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday by means of Friday; 8 a.m. to three:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Try the menu at Learn extra


West Facet Bazaar headed to Primary Road: The EXPO area at 617 Primary St. will host West Facet Bazaar eating places left adrift by the September blaze. It will be referred to as Downtown Bazaar, with a delicate opening anticipated in mid-February.

Downtown Bazaar might be open weekdays solely within the huge downtown arcade, which stretches the total block from Primary to Washington streets. Together with:

The South Sudanese glories of Akec Aguer’s Nile River — together with dill-laced beef kabobs and Western New York’s most interesting full medames, fava beans sauteed with garlic.

Abyssinia Ethiopian Delicacies, from Zelalem Gemmeda, the steadiest Ethiopian operation within the 716, with vegan or carnivorous combos on injera sourdough pancakes.

Pinoy Boi, a Filipino operation that was not a West Facet Bazaar vendor, however has been drawing adoring throngs, together with yours really, whereas cooking on the Broadway Market’s industrial kitchen.

There may also be a full liquor bar, promoting alcoholic drinks the outdated West Facet Bazaar didn’t provide. 


Mentioning Puerto Rico triggered a number of readers to ask for a rundown on what’s good in Puerto Rican-style grub, comida boricua, Buffalo type. I’ve received a information within the works, however right here’s sufficient intel to dig in:

La Flor Bakery, 544 Niagara St., for sandwiches on their very own bread, sweets like flan and flaky sugar-dusted guava pastelillos, and stick-to-your-ribs steamtable meals like smothered pork chops and pernil, with rice and pigeon peas, and yuca. Don’t go right here should you’re in a rush, as a result of it doesn’t work like that.

Montes Grocery, 413 Swan St., for deep-fried beef or hen and cheese pastellitos, different pinchos, carne frita (pork butt chunks rolled in dried sauzon spices and deep-fried, bought by the chunk, bag, or dinner), and pernil dinners. When you go Thursday, you may get the bistec encebollado, beef braised in sofrito and onions. This place is constructed for pace, get in line.

Niagara Café, 525 Niagara St., for rotisserie hen, pernil, and different steamtable classics. Gives plantains completed delicate and caramelwise, referred to as maduros, and an unbeatable $7 lunch take care of beans and rice. Constructed for pace, however money solely. ATM on website. There are tables to sit down at, right here, not like the others.

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