BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / Business First ) By: Jim Fink
Chef’s Restaurant is about to open its much-anticipated take-out window.
The window is slated to open Jan. 31, ending a process that began more than two years ago.
The pick-up window was one of the centerpieces of a nearly $2 million face lift the popular Buffalo restaurant has undergone. The renovations include a new bar, that is expected to be formally dedicated later in February, and a “French Connection Room” for private receptions. The French Connection Room, named after the famed Buffalo Sabres line of Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Rick Martin, is slated for a grand opening in March.
The renovations are the most extensive Chef’s has undergone since the 1980s and is expected to add new seating for the 325-person capacity Seneca Street restaurant.
Celebrity servers are scheduled to help out during the lunch rush all week, with proceeds to benefit Buffalo Hearing and Speech.
Chef’s opened in 1923. Here is the history of Chef's as posted on the restaurant website, www.ilovchefs.com
It all started back in 1923, when Chef's opened at its current site on the corner of Seneca and Chicago Streets. This was Lou Billittier's childhood neighborhood. In 1941 Lou was hired to wash dishes by then owners Gino Silverstrini and Lee Federconi. Lou worked his way up to busboy, then waiter, eventually earning the title of restaurant manager.
By 1950, Lou was half-owner of Chef's, and in 1954 he became sole owner, with financial assistance from his dad, Anthony Billittier. In the early days Chef's had a limited menu of Spaghetti, Ravioli, Chicken and Veal Cacciatora. Lou has since expanded his menu to feature items ranging from Chef’s famous Spaghetti Parmesan to lighter items such as Pasta Broccoli.
A second dining room was added in 1966, followed by another addition three years later. Today Chef’s Restaurant dining capacity is 325, while the beautiful Lou Ann Banquet Room accommodates groups of up to 125 people. For more than 50 years Chef's has been satisfying the appetites and delighting the palates of countless lunch and dinner patrons. Many enjoy the convenience of our take-out service, which offers menu favorites including soups, salads, entrees and Italian desserts.
The guiding light of this establishment, the late Lou Billittier, along with his daughter Mary Beth and son Louis John, always believed in running the business by being there every day to carefully supervise the food preparation and service. The basic history of Chef's Restaurant comes down to a happy story of a local boy who made good in his hometown. Chef's has always been a place... "Where Good Friends Meet To Eat!"