Restaurant and bar owners welcome back Buffalo’s night-life now that the indoor curfew is lifted

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Bars and Restaurants across Western New York are welcoming back its night-life now that the state is removing the curfew on indoor dining.

“Well it feels good. It feels long overdue, frankly,” said the manager of Gabriel’s Gate located on Allen street. “So we’re looking forward to resuming some normalcy in regard to our hours and allowing people to come in later and stay a little longer than we have been.”

Local restaurant owners say being able to stay open after Midnight is big for business and will help bring life back into areas like Allentown and downtown Buffalo.

“People just want to get back to normal. Being in a bar people come to meet their friends and socialize,” said Marc Frisitaro who owns Frizzy’s Bar and Grill.

Frizzy’s opened this past week for the first time after being closed for more than a year. The owner says the relaxed guidelines, with lifting the curfews, was one of the reasons they decided to open again.

“Our seating capacity and then closing at 10,it didn’t make sense to open for profits and paying employees and paying the electricity and all our insurance and everything like that,” Frisitaro said.

The owner of Mooney’s on Military Rd. says being able to stay open until 4 a.m. will bring back the Buffalo bar-life atmosphere.

The same goes for local comedy clubs, which were among the last to re-open their doors. Comedians like Clayton Williams say they’re glad to be back on stage.

“It’s just like a whole different experience here,” Williams says. “You don’t know how people are going to react. You’re just like, I hope the crowd is excited, everyone is feeling good. I know I’m excited, but nervous and it was actually a lot of fun just getting back in the swing of things.”

Social distancing still applies inside bars, restaurants and venues like Helium Comedy Club. The club is also limited to about 100 people per show.

Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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