Downtown Buffalo Welcomes Restaurants

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM EDT

By Business First

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM EDT

A slew of new restaurants is making its way to downtown Buffalo. In just one block, across from the Hyatt along Roosevelt Plaza, diners will soon have their choice of six restaurants. A report in today's Business First shows how the former desolate area could become restaurant row.

That's not the only area on the menu. Stretch over to Chippewa and Genesee and to the Theatre District and 18 restaurants have opened or will open by fall. Plus, in that same neighborhood, 10 more restaurants are planned.

Restaurants range from the highly publicized Dinosaur BBQ to small deli's and craft brewers.

There is a strong economic factor. If each one employs an average of 10 full-and part-timers, that's potentially 280 new workers in the downtown core who could collectively earn $5.6 million. Those calculations are from the National Restaurant Association.

The 18 restaurants don't include projects at Canalside or in the Cobblestone district. At least 10 more opened or are planned in those areas.

You can get complete details in today's Business First.