Trio of Restaurateurs to re-envision a New Waterfront Destination at Erie Basin Marina

The Erie Basin Marina has experienced a lot of uncertainty in recent years, with the pandemic, and the closing of William K’s Restaurant, which stands at the former location of The Hatch – a longstanding hamburger and hotdog joint.

Most recently, Angelo Canna opened “The Juicery at The Hatch,” which was essentially a way to get the ball rolling at the waterfront destination.

Seeing that there was much more potential to be realized, with the “old Hatch/ William K’s Restaurant complex,” Canna decided to call upon his restaurateur friends Jason Davidson and Mike Shatzel, to see if they would be interested in teaming up for the venture.

“For years this place has always been a favorite for Buffalonians looking to enjoy an ice cream cone, hot dog, or fried bologna sandwich while watching sailboats and sunsets,” said Canna, who operates The Juicery In Delaware Park. “We always want to be that place, but we also want to be a lot more.“

“Together we are taking a fresh look at the whole facility,” said Shatzel, veteran restaurateur and co-owner of Liberty Hound, Terrace at Delaware Park, and owner of Cole’s Restaurant. “We are going to create a harbor destination that appeals to a variety of waterfront enthusiasts. When visiting Boston or the Cape I love to find a great clam bar with local craft beer. We need a spot like that n Buffalo’s waterfront.”

“At the Liberty Hound we turn away so many requests for private events because of the lack of space,” said Davidson, co-owner of Liberty Hound, The Terrace at Delaware Park, and owner Roux Soup Bar & Café. “Everyone wants to host their groups on Buffalo’s Waterfront. Now we will have an amazing spot to book them. We will also be bringing live music back to Buffalo’s Inner Harbor on Thursday Nights with a focus on local music hosted by ‘Music Matters with Jeff Miers.’”

Currently on the drawing board is…

New England style clam & seafood bar

Craft beer garden

Caribbean themed cocktail & daiquiri bar

Live music destination focused on bringing back a Thursday local music series

Event space for social gatherings, fundraisers, micro weddings, etc.

Space for local artists to sell original works

Stay tuned for more details as they develop including a new name, opening dates, and special events.

“Stop down if you’re heading to the Marina to enjoy the eclipse,” added Davidson. “We’ll be popping-up a beer garden on Monday, April 8 and would love to hear everyone’s ideas of what they would like to see done.”

This new waterfront destination concept will open summer of 2024 at the Erie Basin Marina, 329 Erie Street.

Lead image: Old Hatch and former William K’s Restaurant

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