Planners Sign Off on Larkin Lounge Makeover

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 7:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 7:23 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - As expected, the Buffalo Planning Board has given its approval to a small addition to the Swan Lounge, a local landmark that will reborn next year as an upscale restaurant and pub in the Larkin District.

Developer Howard Zemsky said he needed the 1,730-square-foot expansion to house a new elevator and garage for the Swan Lounge building. The plan was unanimously approved by the board during its Sept. 25 meeting.

Zemsky said he expects to re-open the Swan Lounge, located at 716 Swan St., by next spring. Zemsky bought the late-1800s era building last fall and started a series of renovations that will see an upscale restaurant operate on the first floor and a pair of residential units on its upper floors.

Since buying the building, Zemsky has added a new facade, roof and restored its period-style windows.

Originally constructed as the Hydraulic Hotel, the building has gone through a number of changes during its long history.

Zemsky said he is keeping the wooden bar that was a centerpiece to the Swan Lounge in the new restaurant.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.