IS THAT YOU, RACHEL? — Rachel’s Mediterranean General Manager Luis Olmedo said he hopes to have the Southtowns location opened by Nov. 15. Photo by Alicia Greco.
HAMBURG — Mediterranean cuisine – a regionally influenced span of delicacies – will be served, hot off the grill, when Rachel’s Mediterranean opens on McKinley Parkway.
The original location is found in the city of Buffalo, at the intersection where Delaware meets West Chippewa Street. The downtown location opened in March of this year.
“We’re a locally owned business,” General Manager Luis Olmedo said. “We order local products, trying to stimulate the local economy.”
The restaurant has a stated goal of promoting healthy eating. Its slogan is “Real food, real fast.” It runs under what is called a “grilled concept,” which means that everything is cooked on a grill in front of the customer, to order.
Olmedo said that the menu provides options made with fresh produce; all of the prep work is done in the morning, each day.
At the downtown location there is no seating; just a stand-up bar, which Olmedo said follows the healthy concept of the eatery. “You’ll be eating and burning calories,” he said.
The Hamburg location will differ in many ways from the Buffalo restaurant but, according to Olmedo, it will maintain the same concept as the downtown location: “real quick, real fresh, friendly and cheap.”
The new restaurant will be located at 3860 McKinley Parkway, across from the Five Guys Burgers and Fries. There will be the capacity for both indoor and outdoor eating at this location; the patio will be open as weather permits.
“It’s a state-of-the-art location,” Olmedo said. “Everything is brand new.” The process to open the Hamburg location began approximately three months ago; the McKinley Parkway restaurant is scheduled to open within the next few weeks.
The owner said that this location will be very trendy and will have artwork on the walls. He said that every detail within the restaurant was designed to produce a specific ambience. “We went above and beyond for this location,” he said.
A native of the Southtowns and a graduate of Frontier High School, Olmedo said that he believes that Rachel’s Mediterranean will do well in this area.
“Orchard Park and Hamburg have a fresh, healthy way about them,” he said, “so we’re going to fit in perfectly with them. We have high expectations for this store.”
Rachel’s Mediterranean has two additional locations: at 5953 Main St. in Williamsville and on the north campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo in Amherst.
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