The much-anticipated opening of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in downtown Buffalo is now expected to take place this fall, instead of mid-summer as originally announced.
The delay is the result of some pre-construction issues including securing all the necessary utility service for the building the Dinosaur is eyeing. The Syracuse-based chain signed a lease to occupy a vacant 7,100-square-foot building at 301 Franklin St., just behind Shea's Performing Arts Center and across from the Buckin' Buffalo Saloon.
In addition to its own pre-construction due diligence, Dinosaur officials have been focused on new openings slated for Brooklyn near the Barclay's Center and Stamford, Conn.
"Once those are set, they will be turning their attention to Buffalo," said developer/restaurateur Mark Croce, who owns the Franklin Street building.
Croce said he expects the Dinosaur construction to start by mid-spring. The restaurant will be able to seat 180 people.
Founded in 1988, the Dinosaur is one of Upstate New York's most popular restaurant chains. It has locations in Syracuse, Rochester and Harlem.
Local residents have been pushing for a Buffalo area Dinosaur site for many years. In 2010, an informal survey conducted by Mayor Byron Brown found that the Dinosaur was the most requested and sought after restaurant by the respondents.
Many had assumed the Dinosaur might have ended up in Buffalo's Cobblestone District or within the Canalside footprint. Signing with Croce caught many by surprise, but the location gives the Dinosaur immediate access and visibility to the Theater District and the Chippewa Street Entertainment District.