BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - After reporting last week that Dinosaur BarBQue was coming to Buffalo, News 4 can now tell you exactly where it will be firing up the grill in the Queen City.
It may not look like much now, but a rundown building on Franklin St in Buffalo's Entertainment District will soon host the honky-tonk eatery. The project is the latest in the area for developer Mark Croce, who calls the franchise one of the most coveted leases.
"It took us a couple of years in scouting locations and showing them the demographics and the reasons that Buffalo's restaurant row and the heart of the Theatre District was the right location for their dynamic concept," Croce said. "And we're very excited to welcome Dinosaur BarBQue to downtown Buffalo."
The location at 301 Franklin Street is next to Bambino's and across the street from Buckin' Buffalo, which are both properties that are owned by Croce. But he says he isn't worried about competition.
"Activity breeds activity," the developer explained. "And we believe having the Dinosaur right here in the heart of the Theatre District helps the Buffalo Chophouse, helps Bambino's bar and kitchen right here behind us, helps Laughlins here on the corner because it's bringing more density and more traffic."
The owner of Bambino's, Noel Morreale, agrees.
"Guys that look at it as a negative should only turn their eyeballs inside out and say what can I do better? Because it's only going to be good for the area," Morreale said.
With its proximity to Shea's, downtown, Allentown and Chippewa, Croce expects plenty of interest and business for Dinosaur BarBQue. Croce also says we should expect much more to come at what he calls "restaurant row."
Croce assured, "We're filling up downtown Buffalo one building at a time. With nightlife, with entertainment with dining. All I can say is stay tuned because this is just the beginning of a lot of exciting things to come to downtown Buffalo."
Croce wouldn't talk more about some of those future plans, but did say he hopes Dinosaur BarBQue will be open this time next year.
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