A former grocery store that sat vacant in South Buffalo for two years has new life as the Brick Oven Bistro and Deli. Charlie Goodspeed and John Glavey teamed up over the past year to open the restaurant.
They transformed the former Reilly's grocery store, formerly Pinterpe's, on Abbott Road, into the new site which opened in February. It's now open six days a week and the owners say they'd like to inspire more entrepreneurs to do the same.
"Competition is great. It would be nice to see more places open up and bring in more people from other parts of city," said co-owner Charles Goodspeed. "You go to eat Hutch's, Curly's or Mulberry and see all your friends in there. Why not keep it in the neighborhood?"
The owners say they tried to steer away from the Irish pub theme, which is already popular in South Buffalo and do something different. "We just tried to make it a nice, comfortable atmosphere with quality product: good food, nice cold beer nice and selection of beer nice selection of wine," said co-owner John Glavey.
Even if it's not an Irish pub, the Brick Oven is celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend, though it is closed on Sundays.
Other South Buffalo restaurants like the Blackthorn and Potter's Field adding tents to handle expected overflow crowds. The National Retail Federation expects spending to hit $4.5 billion in the U.S., with 54% of Americans celebrating St. Patrick's Day.