BUFFALO, N.Y. - On the eve of it's long-awaited opening, you get a sense of the vibe already in the Buffalo Dinosaur Barbecue.
A limited group of people have had a sneak peak, and taste of the newest edition to the culinary pot pouri that is the Queen City. And even though it's new to the scene, It looks like its been here forever. "I want this to have its own Buffalo identity" says owner John Stage.
From the Simon Pure and Iroquois Beer trays that adorn the wall, to the wall partitions made from the old warehouse doors of this very building (which once housed a Universal Studios Film Warehouse) Stage has the Buffalo details down, but that should come as no surprise. He has an inside source, Hank Sontag, the owner of the long-time antique and architectural salvage store, Horsefeathers and Hollywood Hanks.
Stage remembers "I met Hank in 1990-something and now every restaurant I've opened I'd call Hank and say Hank, what have you got?" Stage says so far, Hank has had something for all 8 Dinosaur Barbeques that John has opened, starting in Syracuse. "So we borrow a little bit, we collaborate a lot and so, yeah, a little Hank is in everyone of the Dinosaurs"