Hooked brings taste of Lu­cia’s to North­towns

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

Hooked has opened in Wil­liamsville’s Wyndham Gar­den Ho­tel, hop­ing to give North­towns din­ers a taste of the up­scale Ital­ian dished up by Ham­burg’s Lu­cia’s on the Lake.

An­gelo Canna Jr., a Lu­cia’s co-owner, said cus­tomers and friends have been ask­ing if he could du­pli­cate its suc­cess north of Buf­falo.

“Well, I lis­tened, and with the sup­port of my long­time friend and busi­ness part­ner, (El­li­cott Devel­op­ment CEO) Wil­liam Pal­adino, we de­liv­ered,” Canna said in a state­ment. “We’re ex­cited to exhale a new life into the Wyndham Gar­den Ho­tel.”

The restau­rant in the El­li­cott Devel­op­ment’s Mo­sey com­plex, 5195 Main St., was for­merly MTK Prime. As a ho­tel restau­rant, it’ll serve break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

The menu will of­fer “lots of seafood sur­rounded by meats, veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, and even­tu­ally two house­made pas­tas,” Canna said in an in­ter­view.

Ex­ec­u­tive Chef An­thony James, for­merly a sous chef at MTK amid other lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, will lead the kitchen. Bouil­l­abaisse, Mar­seille-style seafood stew, lob­ster gouda mac and cheese, and a scal­lop dish with ba­con jam risotto are seafood dishes on the open­ing menu.

There’s been a “slight re­design in­side with lots of new art and new ban­quettes break­ing up the room,” said Canna. He ex­pects Hooked to of­fer live jazz ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day, fea­tur­ing a new trio each month.

There’s a happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, and cus­tomers can drive be­hind the build­ing and find free park­ing in the at­tached Mo­sey garage, he noted.

“I’m pretty much tak­ing every­thing I’ve ever seen or been taught in my life,” Canna said, “and do­ing it out here in the North­towns.”

Hours: break­fast 6 a.m.-11 a.m. Mon­day-Fri­day, 7 a.m.-noon Satur­day, Sun­day; din­ner 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun­dayThurs­day, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri­day, Satur­day. Phone: 428-3957.

Spring restau­rant week: As flower buds start to form, it’s time for the spring edi­tion of Lo­cal Restau­rant Week, a chance to plant some new eat­ing mo­tions in din­ers’ minds.

From April 1-7, more than 200 lo­cally-owned in­de­pen­dent restau­rants will of­fer cus­tomers a chance to try their spot for $20.19, $30.19, and $40.19.

With the frost fad­ing, restau­ra­teurs are en­cour­ag­ing their neigh­bors to get out of their din­ing rut. As or­ga­nizer Christa Ho­bart points out, “Lo­cal in­de­pen­dent restau­rants con­trib­ute im­mea­sur­ably to our re­gional cul­ture.”

The list of par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants, and the fea­ture menus posted by a ma­jor­ity of the places, can be pe­rused at lo­cal­restau­rantweek.com.

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