Lloyd Taco to open on Main St. in Wil­liamsville

The Buffalo News - - WEATHER - By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Lloyd Taco Fac­tory’s Wil­liamsville lo­ca­tion will open this week, if all goes as planned. The sec­ond Lloyd res­tau­rant, at 5933 Main St., is set for a grand open­ing at 11 a.m. Fri­day.

The 80-seat res­tau­rant will of­fer a menu much like the orig­i­nal res­tau­rant, at 1503 Her­tel Ave. Tacos, bur­ri­tos, rice bowls and other dishes are or­dered at the counter, and picked up when they’re ready.

A full bar will add Lloyd’s cock­tail menu and lo­cal draft beer to the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The res­tau­rant has its cer­tifi­cate of oc­cu­pancy but needs to have its fi­nal in­spec­tions, said Peter Cimino, an owner. That makes the Fri­day grand open­ing likely, but not guar­an­teed.

Af­ter some in­vi­ta­tion-only soft open­ing hours, the pub­lic grand open­ing fes­tiv­i­ties will in­clude a DJ, photo booths and give­aways dur­ing the din­ner hours, Cimino said. The res­tau­rant will be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Al­ter­na­tive Brews, the area’s first bar ded­i­cated to craft beer, will close af­ter 22 years.

The growth of com­pe­ti­tion in the boom­ing lo­cal craft beer in­dus­try hasn’t helped busi­ness, but in the end owner Paul Mad­sen just wanted to do some­thing else, he said. “It’s been 22 and a half years, six or seven days a week,” he said.

Plus he got di­vorced, then met some­one he would like to spend more time with. “I’m 58 years old, and it’s time to slow down and smell the roses.”

The build­ing, at 3466 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, will be­come a pro­fes­sional of­fice. The last day of busi­ness is Dec. 2.

A for­mer Goldome banker, Mad­sen was trav­el­ing to a Batavia bev­er­age store to buy the mi­cro­brews he loved decades ago when the store owner men­tioned that a bar spe­cial­iz­ing in such beers should work in Buf­falo.

At the time, Sam Adams was avail­able in a few places, maybe Pete’s Wicked, but that was it, Mad­sen re­called.

He started in 1995 with three taps and has grown to 19 over the years.

The last day will in­clude mu­sic from High Horse Band, 3 to 6 p.m., and Big Sauce Trio from 8 p.m. to mid­night. They’ll be host­ing mu­si­cians they’ve

played with over the years, Mad­sen said.

Mad­sen hopes he doesn’t have to empty kegs down the drain. As part of the last day’s fes­tiv­i­ties, “I’m telling peo­ple to bring their growlers Satur­day night.”

With his clos­ing, and so­ci­ety’s trend to­ward stay­ing home, he hopes peo­ple will con­tinue to get out, have a drink and con­verse with peo­ple. “It’s been im­por­tant through the ages, and I hope it doesn’t stop,” Mad­sen said. “Be so­cial, drink lo­cal.” Hot Dogs will be­come the lat­est food truck to add a brick-and-mor­tar lo­ca­tion with its new Ton­awanda res­tau­rant.

A for­mer auto re­pair busi­ness at 707 Ken­more Ave. will be­come Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs’ first res­tau­rant. The tar­get date is early 2018.

“We couldn’t be more ex­cited about this lo­ca­tion for our first stand-alone res­tau­rant. It is in our back­yard, min­utes away from where we grew up and just steps away from St. Joe’s,” part­ners Frank and Paul Tripi said in a Face­book post. “It bor­ders many of the com­mu­ni­ties that have been good to us since Day One. Even bet­ter, there will be plenty of park­ing (20 spots) and it is a few blocks from the bike trails.”

The Tripis, who started their com­pany in 2013, sell hot dogs made from their own recipe, “free of ni­trates, preser­va­tives and ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents,” with stan­dard or ad­ven­tur­ous top­pings.

Its hand-cut french fries, some of the best in town, come with dips like sriracha aioli.

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs op­er­ates two trucks and a counter at EXPO, 617 Main St., the down­town food hall.

Senor Tequila opened in Septem­ber on Pearl Street, of­fer­ing a fa­mil­iar lineup of Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can food, mar­gar­i­tas and more than 20 beers on tap.

The res­tau­rant, at 414 Pearl St., is owned by restau­ra­teur Blas Zu­niga and Denise Cotto, a for­mer In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice ac­coun­tant turned Mex­i­can res­tau­rant man­ager.

Zu­niga also op­er­ates the El Agave res­tau­rant on Union Road in Cheek­towaga. (Due to a re­port­ing er­ror, The News pre­vi­ously re­ported that Saul Sanchez was an owner; that is not the case.)

Bur­ri­tos, tacos and en­chi­ladas are on of­fer, as are 30 fla­vors of mar­gar­i­tas.

Hours: noon to 2 a.m. Sun­day, 11 a.m. to mid­night Mon­day, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Tues­day to Satur­day. Phone: 854-1000.

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