Lulu’s Pub opens at Downtown Bazaar


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Lulu’s Pub opens at Downtown Bazaar

Downtown Bazaar

Joseph Joy, owner of Lulu’s Pub. 

The Downtown Bazaar has food from around the world, and now it also has international beer, wine and cider to go with it.

Lulu’s Pub has opened at the Downtown Bazaar in the former Expo Market food hall at 617 Main St. It is still determining its official grand opening date, but will hold a friends and family event as a “stress test” at the end of the month, according to owner Joseph Joy.

It has 24 beer taps featuring local craft brews, a wine list that highlights organic and biodynamic wine and a hand-selected menu of hard ciders. 

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Lulu’s is named for Joy’s daughter, Lucia.

The 51-foot bar is surrounded by five restaurants: Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine, South Sudanese Nile River Restaurant, traditional Mexican restaurant Oralia, Filipino restaurant Pinoy Boi and Pattaya Street Food, which serves Burmese and Thai street food. Joy plans to offer drink pairings that complement the diverse cuisine at the Bazaar.

The bar itself seats 20, with seating for 60 more in the shared dining area, as well as in an outdoor seating area.

The pub will hold special appreciation days with food and drink specials to benefit honored groups such as teachers, first responders, nonprofits and nurses.

Lulu’s Pub donates 5% of its sales to WEDI. 

The Downtown Bazaar is a business incubator for food startups from the Westminster Economic Development Initiative.

The Westside Bazaar on Grant Street closed in September after a devastating fire tore through the building. It is in the process of rebuilding at 1432 Niagara St., and expects to reopen in the fall.

At the Bazaars, entrepreneurs receive one-on-one coaching and business plan development, access to capital and markets, workshops, training and educational resources, a shared commercial kitchen, subsidized rent, marketing and sales support, professional business mentorship and business services.

Campus Wheelworks closing Elmwood store 

Campus Wheelworks, a more than 40-year-old Buffalo bike shop, will close its Elmwood Avenue store and consolidate operations to its 1330 Niagara St. location on the West Side.

The store at 744 Elmwood Ave., will close Aug. 31. The Niagara Street location will begin running seven days per week the following day. The Elmwood store has stopped taking repair work, but will offer flat-tire and same-day services until it closes. Campus Wheelworks will no longer offer ski tune-ups and will pause bicycle rental until next year.

The company is co-owned by Ethan Johnson, Alex Davies and Michael DeLano. 

Hamburg Gaming replaces buffet with new restaurant 

Hamburg Gaming will open a new, as yet unnamed restaurant at the Erie County Fairgrounds to replace the former Midway Buffet dining area, which was closed for two years during the pandemic.

Run by Delaware North Cos., the restaurant will specialize in fried, comfort and grilled foods. Construction has begun, and a wall has been removed to open the space onto the casino floor. The restaurant is expected to open by the end of the year.

“Our guests expect not only great gaming and entertainment, but great food, too,” said Mike Miles, Hamburg Gaming’s general manager.

Dining options at Hamburg Gaming now include the Blue Ribbon Grill, the Cyclone Bar, Tim Hortons and the Winner’s Circle Cafe, which overlooks the Buffalo Raceway.

Hamburg Gaming, located on South Park Avenue in Hamburg, is owned by the Erie County Agricultural Society’s Buffalo Trotting Association, and operated by Delaware North.

Raha Coffee to open at Grant and Amherst streets

Raha Coffee House is setting up shop at 370 Amherst St. and the northwest corner of Grant Street. The Yemeni coffee shop will be located in the former No. 1 Kitchen Chinese restaurant.

The building has undergone an extreme makeover in recent years, with floor to ceiling glass windows. Raha is an Islamic name that means rest, comfort or peace of mind. The cafe will open this fall.

Tropical Smoothie opens in Blasdell

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Tropical Smoothie has opened at 3670 McKinley Parkway in Blasdell. In addition to smoothies, the restaurant offers sandwiches, flatbreads, wraps, quesadillas, salads, breakfast and a kids menu.

Owned by Jim Breidenstein, the franchise has locations in the Town of Tonawanda, Depew and Williamsville. 

Osmow’s opens at Walden Galleria

Osmow’s, a Mediterranean, fast-casual restaurant chain, has opened in the food court at the Walden Galleria next to Charley’s Philly Steaks.

The Ontario-based chain is known for its shawarma plates and its modern take on other Middle Eastern dishes, such as falafel. It has chicken, beef, lamb and vegetarian offerings served on a pita, rice, fries or salad.

The family-owned restaurant was started in 2001 by Egyptian immigrant Sam Osmow, and now has 140 locations in the United States and Canada.


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