Photo courtesy of The Phoenix
A few weeks ago someone mentioned to me that The Phoenix, a popular restaurant on Amherst Street in Black Rock, had closed. Since then, an additional handful of people have told me the same thing. So, as is customary, I made a phone call to verify the closure before removing the listing from Spree's dining guide.
On the other end of the line, Mary Logue, the owner of The Phoenix, expressed dismay as she recounted the number of recent inquiries regarding the restaurant's status. Perhaps there had been some sort of confusion with last month's shuttering of Black Rock Kitchen & Bar, located on the same street? Or, as Logue suspects, maybe a competing business has been spreading the rumor in an attempt to create a loss of business for the restaurant?
Either way, it isn't true. In fact, The Phoenix has just recently added brunch to its offerings. Logue, frustrated with the misinformation regarding her restaurant, began a campaign, replete with t-shirts, declaring "Phoenix Strong."
While most WNYers seem content to spend their hard-earned dollars at corporate chains eating corporate food (and delivering their dollars to the corporate out-of-town owners), it is important that diners with an interest and stake in our community continue to support local restaurants. The large percentage of independent restaurants that exist here in the Buffalo area are an important part of our city's cultural fabric.
So, maybe now is a good time to ask: Have you made a dinner reservation for this weekend yet?
Christa Glennie Seychew is Spree's senior editor.