Mark Croce has big plans for Buffalo and its dining options, according to a report in this week's Business First. Croce is already known for his restaurants in downtown Buffalo. And he's bringing Dinosuar BBQ to Buffalo. The staff has been using the former Buckin' Buffalo saloon for training. Now Jim Fink, with Business First, says Croce has plans for that site as well. Croce is renovating the recently closed Franklin Street nightclub into a pizzeria/sports bar. The report notes there is no shortage of places that sell pizza, wings and subs and feature flat-screen TVs in Buffalo, but Croce's plans are more extensive. He plans to expand the kitchen and attract downtown visitors. It's expected to open by spring. You can read more about the story in this week's Business First.
Construction could start next month on the new Uniland building at Delaware and Chippewa. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency's directors, by a 15-2 vote, approved incentives that Uniland sought for the proposed $80 million project. It will be anchored by the new corporate headquarters of Delaware North, which will be moving from the Key Center at Fountain Plaza in 2015.
Separate incentive packages for Delaware North and Uniland stirred controversy this year, but both were approved. The site will include a hotel, which Delaware North will use as a training center for its hospitality and tourism divisions.