CLARENCE, N.Y. - There, beneath the blue suburban skies of Clarence's Main Street, sits a little restaurant that makes a big impression the moment you step inside.
Penny Lane Cafe opened in July of 2015 as the creation of Anne Vably, an artist whose eccentric and beautiful decor stretches from the light-strung ceiling to the piece-by-piece beaded bar. Her daughter, Angel, manages the cafe.
"Every little piece of this place you see is a little bit of my mom," Angel says. "It's her in restaurant form, which is really a beautiful thing, and I'm just happy everyone gets to experience it."
Diners could probably stay occupied with a game of "I Spy" inside the bar for hours. And after peeking inside at the decor, diners can also enjoy meals at the expansive courtyard just outside the entrance. It's a venture that has grown a lot in just over a year.
"At first, we only had muffins, wine, beer, coffee, and that's it," Angel says. "So we have grown so much in the last year, we have wraps, paninis, salads, flatbread pizzas, we have gelato, deserts, and a full bar."
Unique Eats was a big fan of the Cluckin' Pesto Panini, which adds carmelized onions to the normal combo of chicken, pesto and mozzarella. The Zesty Club Wrap of turkey, bacon and mayo was also a hit, and it's easy to see why the antipasto salad was nominated by Artvoice as one of the area's best salads (it's big enough to share, but you may not want to).
Penny Lane Cafe also offers a popular music scene, with performances every Thursday through Sunday (including Thursday open mic nights).
Penny Lane Cafe
10255 Main St
Clarence, NY 14031