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‘The Team’ ready to open a pair of new ventures in Hamburg

The Buffalo Sports Grill, which will be located at 4923 Southwestern Blvd., is expected to be open by Memorial Day and is one of a couple of new ventures in the works by the owners of the Buffalo Street Grill.
Tim Sardinia, one of the partners of a group who call themselves, “The Team,” was jokingly asked if there is a third venture in the works, he chided to call back in a year.

Sardinia, along with Lisa and Dan Sullivan and Pat McKee have been busy making a name for themselves in the last year since purchasing the “Buffalo Street Grill” last July.

With that business going strong, the partners have decided to move forward with a pair of other projects that will be open in the coming weeks.

As a result of growing business at Buffalo Street Grill, it also led to a rise in the amount of catering.

“The catering opportunities came our way,” Dan said, noting that over time, it has started to become a challenge.

This led to the group working towards expanding the catering inside of the former Isabella’s Deli inside of Staub Square, 1 Buffalo St., Hamburg in what will be known as the “Bistro in the Square.”

“Everything’s set up to cater,” Dan said.

But that business, which the team said is expected to open the first week of June, will be more than just a catering business.

“We’re putting a beer and wine bar there,” Dan said, noting that each day, they will also sell light sandwiches.

And on Saturday and Sunday, for those who are looking for a place for breakfast, it will be another option.

They envision people who are busy on the weekends, going to church as an example, liking the idea of having another choice for breakfast.

“It’s a great market for Saturday and Sunday,” Lisa said, adding that the “light fare sandwiches” will also be available throughout the weekend as well.

They believe it is an ideal location for the business, not only being in the heart of the Village of Hamburg, but also inside of the atrium, where people are continuously shopping.

Something that the group is cognizant of is that it wants to be a good neighbor and be supportive of other businesses in the village.

“We’re part of the community,” Dan said.

They support the local businesses by helping incorporate many of their products. This includes purchasing rolls from Jimmy’s Pizza, oils from Prima Oliva and chocolates from Village Sweet Shoppe.

According to Sardinia, part of the overall goal of the group is to try and bring menu items to the southtowns that are not at other local establishments.

Dan said it is not uncommon for one of them to be at a restaurant anywhere from Buffalo to New York City, see a dish that they like, and text each other a picture saying they would like to bring a dish like that to their business.

For the Buffalo Street Grill, the goal of the group is to provide food found in a fine dining establishment, but create a casual atmosphere for their patrons to enjoy.

Part of the experience includes bringing in top quality individuals to prepare the food.

The Chef at Buffalo Street Grill is Brooks Dimpfl, while Ryan Spaulding is the Sous Chef.

Dan said they wanted people who are “passionate about creating food,” and Dimpfl and Spaulding’s talents make it a great experience for those who eat there.

As the Village of Hamburg continues its rebirth, Dan said part of the team’s goal is to honor its past. They have collected items – some of which are loaned to them by customers – of items which honor the history of Hamburg. This includes such items as old photographs and an old movie projector that once showed movies at the Hamburg Palace.

In the meantime, they want to make sure people are having a good time when they visit. And Dan said they will do whatever it takes to make sure people come back again.

He told a story about a mother who stopped in with her daughter before a competition she was in. Because she could not eat a lot of food, the mother joked that the only thing she could eat was a banana if they had one. Dan then went over to Main Street Ice Cream, purchased a banana and presented it to her in the form of a banana split (without the ice cream). He said it is all about making it an enjoyable experience for the customers.

“We want to make sure people are having a good time,” Dan said.

But as the partners were working on the Bistro in the Square, the Sullivans received an unexpected telephone call from Sardinia, in which he told them, they should purchase the former Rockpile Pub and Grill and open a sports bar.

With a restaurant going strong and a bistro in the works, The Team has been hard at work preparing for the opening of the “Buffalo Sports Grill,” which will be located at 4923 Southwestern Blvd., across the street from Lowe’s.

The Buffalo Sports Grill is expected to be open by Memorial Day and will feature 16 televisions and have plenty of sports memorabilia for patrons to enjoy.

This includes items from the history of Buffalo sports, including the Bills, Sabres and Braves, the NBA team that called Buffalo home from 1970 to 1978 before moving to San Diego (today they are the Los Angeles Clippers).

Dan noted that this venture is also aimed at local youth sports with the goal of having youth sports banquets there.

The downstairs portion will be for youth sports, and they are looking to add pictures, banners and other items honoring local schools and youth organizations.

Everyone on the team jumped on board quickly, because this will be another location where people can enjoy good food, a sports theme and when the weather is nice, a deck outside.

They said those who come can enjoy anything from a burger or beef-on-weck, to a dinner featuring items such as scallops.

Part of what they strive for with the experience is bringing fun to their customers. And this will be the case with Buffalo Sports Grill as well.

Something they are excited for people to enjoy is the Beef Sundae, which has beef tips, with mashed potatoes and melted cheese and it will be inside of a sundae bowl.

To add to the fun, it will be topped off with a cherry. They are in the final stages of getting that venture open, but believe that by Memorial Day, patrons will be enjoy the food and atmosphere.


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