Au Revoir, Elmwood
by Jennifer Mogensen
Bryan and Tara Bryndle are relocating Tabree from the Elmwood Village to Williamsville.
On Saturday, August 27, an Elmwood staple will serve its last foie gras before packing up the moving van and heading for the suburbs.
After three years serving and educating Elmwood villagers in the art of fine French food, Tabree (423 Elmwood Avenue) will dim the lights on its city location and head for a new home at 4610 Main Street in Williamsville.
The search for a second site took time, but owner Bryan Bryndle feels that he’s found the perfect location for the reincarnation of Tabree. The size of the new building and its kitchen were the key components that drew them the French bistro to the new building, which was previously the site of the Savvy Gourmet. But the work that Bryndle has but into this edifice makes it nearly unrecognizable from its prior occupant. Hardwood flooring, French oak, and communal tables give the restaurant a warm and welcoming feel. Photographs taken of the first Tabree will adorn the walls of the new location, paying homage to the restaurant’s downtown roots.
The move from the city to the suburbs was a difficult but necessary decision that Bryndle and his partner and wife, Tara, made. The well appointed yet cramped space on Elmwood wasn’t working for them anymore. “We’ve outgrown Elmwood Avenue,” says Bryndle. “Given the size, we couldn’t do what we wanted to do.”
The new Tabree will double their indoor seating capacity and still offer an outdoor patio option. The expanded kitchen will allow the chef to create a larger menu with a stronger focus on seafood while still maintaining their French fare. Unlike their city spot, where wine and beer were the only libations available, Tabree now is able to offer patrons a full bar with 12 very accommodating stools. In addition to the expanded menus of both food and drink, the new Tabree has a key component that city eateries often lack: parking.
Hoping to open in mid-September, the Bryndles are bringing with them their entire city staff and years of French culinary perfection. And although Elmwood will be sad to see them go, they are less than a 20-minute drive away, which is the average time it took to find a parking place nearby the old Tabree.blog comments powered by Disqus
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