Today, it looks like any one of a thousand other gas station/convenience stores. But, if Henry Gorino, who owned Oliver's on Delaware Avenue until selling it last year, and partners have their way, it could become Buffalo's newest restaurant.
Gorino, restaurant partner Chuck Mauro and Ellicott Development are working on plans to create a restaurant and residential building at 905 Elmwood Avenue in what is known as the Elmwood Village. Mauro tells local news media they have made an offer on the property and are pursuing a mixed-use building that would be home to a mid-market restaurant with apartments on upper floors. The property, at Elmwood and Delevan, now houses the Elmwood-Delevan Food Mart, a convenience store and gas statio.
Mauro said the group envisions a moderately-priced restaurant, with "probably nothing over $30" although the menu has not yet been developed. He said the research phase of the project could take up to six months, due to such aspects as the evaluation of environmental issues because of underground gas tanks currently servicing the convenience store.