A lineup of up-and-coming Buffalo restaurants are signed as tenants of an upscale Main Street food hall downtown.
Its name will be EXPO and, if all goes well, it might be opening in November, according to developer Nick Sinatra, who owns the space.
Newbury Street, Crush Juicery, Osteria 166, Agave and Sun Restaurant will all have stands in the 8,000-square-foot development at 617 Main St. So will Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar, a full bar with craft cocktails and 24 taps, including a dedicated craft beer lineup.
In cuisine terms, that means the hall will include places specializing in healthy fast food and salads, juices and smoothies, casual Italian, Mexican tacos and Burmese-anchored Asian fusion, plus a bar run by the owners of Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar and Gypsy Parlor. All in the former Perfetto space, which stretches from Washington to Main Street.
“With EXPO, I wanted to create a locally inspired food hall that would appeal to a wide range of people in our community,” said Sinatra, whose Sinatra & Co. Real Estate owns the building. The concept was inspired by a visit to Gotham West market in Manhattan, he said. “We put an emphasis on local vendors and encouraged the community to let us know what they wanted to come to EXPO because this is, after all, their market.”
EXPO’s manager and operator will be Paul Tsouflidis, proprietor of Crush Hospitality Concepts and owner of Acropolis OPA, Newbury Street and Crush Juicery on Elmwood Avenue. “Downtown Buffalo is on the move,” Tsouflidis said in a release. “We’re seeing added jobs, the return of vehicles to Main Street, an increase in foot traffic, charging stations for electric vehicles, and EXPO is the next iteration of Buffalo’s food renaissance.”
It will be open six days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., except for Crush Juicery and Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar, which will be open earlier for coffee and breakfast items Monday through Friday.
It’s too early to say what will be on the food stands’ menus, but here’s some details on the rest of the opening cast:
• Agave Dos will be owned by Sergio Mucino, who owns Don Tequila on Allen Street, Agave on Elmwood Avenue, El Agave in Cheektowaga, and La Divina Mexican Store on Delaware Avenue. Mucino has been operating a taqueria there since the end of summer that has drawn hardcore fans of Mexican tacos, and made new ones.
• Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar will be owned by husband-and-wife team JJ Alfieri and Gabrielle Mattina. Alfieri owns Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar on Allen Street, and Mattina owns the Gypsy Parlor on Grant Street.
• Osteria will be owned by Nick Pitillo, who also owns Osteria 166 on Franklin Street, and will soon be opening Villaggio in Ellicottville.
• Sun Restaurant will be owned by Kevin Lin and his wife, Stephanie, who opened Sun Restaurant on Niagara Street, the first Burmese restaurant in Buffalo, which also serves Asian fusion and Thai dishes.
This article originally appeared on www.buffalo.com on October 12, 2015.