The national restaurant chain, on Dec. 5, will be opening its first-ever Buffalo outlet with a 4,200-square-feet eatery on Transit Road near Sheridan Drive, next to a recently-opened Olive Garden. The property is owned by Benderson Development Co.
The Transit Road site is the first of six that Corner Bakery Cafe is expected to open in the immediate Buffalo Niagara region in the next five years. A second restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst is expected to open by next May, said Fran DeSimone, who holds Corner Bakery Cafe's franchise rights in a section of upstate New York that runs between Utica and Buffalo.
"Buffalo is a great market," DeSimone said. "And, we don't mind being next to Olive Garden. It could help to draw a lot of attention to us."
Corner Bakery Cafe is known as much for its breakfast menu, dominated by various "scramblers", to paninis and pasta dishes. It also sells several dessert items.
The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Corner Bakery Cafe has seating for 130 people.
DeSimone said the restaurant will employ 65 people on a full- and part-time basis.
"I know we are going to be that busy," he said.
Corner Bakery Cafe's roots go back to 1991 when it was founded in Chicago. The company is on a massive expansion campaign across the Northeast.