November 29, 2023


Moving Forward

WNY native in Florida opens new restaurant in Snyder

SNYDER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Joe Freer spends a whole lot of time in Florida presently, but the Tonawanda indigenous is bringing a model new culinary alternative to the suburbs.

Positioned at the previous Loughran’s Bar and Cafe in Snyder (4543 Major St.), Grezi is established to open up its doors to diners on September 11.

“I get up below pretty frequently,” the longtime restaurateur suggests. “A large amount of my spouse and children is however in this article. It’s wonderful to come back again house and see all my buddies going all the way back to middle college and substantial university and college or university.”

It goes without expressing that Freer’s occupation has been a single of success. He’s been a spouse in 32 Atlanta places to eat and 3 in Florida, two of which had been just lately bought.

Freer partnered up with an additional longtime entrepreneur and WNY indigenous, Greg Wakeham, for this undertaking. Greg and his spouse Dezi are actually how the restaurant obtained its name.

Grezi’s 3,600-square-foot room has been renovated and redesigned and now attributes a dedicated bar place with 40 seats. That bar will attribute a amount of brews by community beer makers these kinds of as Slim Male Brewery, 42 North and Resurgence.

The menu will be “chef-driven” as Freer describes it, with his nephew Jonathan and Wakeham’s son Brendan, both of whom are cooks, foremost the kitchen area.

“They preferred to come back house to the north,” Freer stated, supporting the plan and saying “Let’s discover a spot and get the boys heading in the relatives enterprise.”

Some of the dishes will change with the seasons, in reflection of Buffalo’s hugely varied weather conditions.

Salmon, total roasted fifty percent duck, taglioni and smash burgers are just some of the entrees buyers can obtain appropriate now. And of training course, getting that this is Buffalo, there are wings, as well, supplied with exclusive sauce choices like char sui and cherry barbecue.

“It’s wonderful coming back again property, with my mates and loved ones, finding to try to eat my Buffalo food, which is awesome. I’ve truly eaten a several much too a lot of wings proper now,” Freer laughed. “Buffalo’s a massive city, but it is a compact city in that regard.”

Freer claims that while opening the cafe took more time than predicted, it’s a “good items appear to these who wait” type of predicament.

“Come check out us out, we’re excited to be again property,” he claims.

Grezi’s hours are 3 p.m. to Midnight on weekdays (with a joyful hour among 3 and 5), and 11 a.m. to Midnight on weekends. Reservations can be designed on line or by contacting (716) 270-0499.

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