When talking about Buffalo and neighborhoods on the rise it is imperative to mention Rhode Island Street on Buffalo’s West Side. This dynamic neighborhood seems to have been re-born over night, with energetic restaurants, a delicious Cafe , an organic wine shop, and garden co-op. This monopoly of new businesses is in the district that some refer to as the “ Five Points Area” of Buffalo’s West Side and is quickly becoming home to Buffalonians hoping to restore the area.
Although Five Points Bakery has moved one block over to Brayton street, I still consider this delicious cafe and bakery a part of the booming Rhode Island street district. On any given day you can walk into Five Points Bakery and smell the sweet aroma of fresh bread baking and the savory smell of coffee brewing. Spend the morning relaxing in their cozy, loft-like atmosphere, accompanied by exposed beams, brick walls, and a large wooden coffee bar. Sample from an array of delicious treats and locally sourced foods, such as honey, jams, and toasts. In fact every ingredient Five Points uses is locally sourced from farms in and around Buffalo, NY. We love local businesses that utilize the very best that Buffalo has to offer!
After enjoying your morning toast and coffee wander over to Urban Roots where a consumer operated gardening community has established a thriving business. Urban Roots began when a group of people living on the West Side decided they would like help their local community prosper by developing a cooperative garden center. Much like Five Points Bakery, they too saw the potential Rhode Island Street and the West Side neighborhood has, as well as wanted to monopolize on the surrounding gardens and garden walks. Urban Roots has everything from vegetable seeds, flowers, gardening tools, soil, and a incredibly helpful and friendl staff. This blossoming gardening community has provided the city of Buffalo with a local nursery allowing city dwellers to shop closer to home.
Your tour is not over yet – Paradise Wine, an organic wine store, opened their doors in March of this past year on their Rhode Island Street location. One of our very own REALTORS® Lauren Kostek’s, business partner and wine expert Paula Paradise have transformed their 453 Rhode Island Street location into a beautifully architected store with stunning wood work and walls covered in different wines. Although this old hardware store turned wine store was not always the striking beauty it is now. After two years of construction and renovations done by designer and GBB Real Estate Agent J-M Reed the prospering wine store is picturesque. Kostek and Paradise are looking to share with Buffalo a different spin on classic wines by selling all organically produced wines at an affordable cost. With the large organic food movement taking hold and the flourishing culture of the Five Points District, we believe this development will be a booming success!
Last but not least Rhode Island Street is home to three delicious yet simultaneously different restaurants. Essex street Pub, located at 530 Rhode Island Street, has your typical pub like atmosphere, great music, outdoor seating, and some of the best / creative burgers on the west side. Providence Social, located at 490 Rhode Island Street, is a newer restaurant on the corner of Chenango Street in an old refurbished victorian building. Priding itself on their small, delicious, sample plates Providence Social is perfect for small or large gatherings. Finally, a golden gem amongst all the Buffalo restaurants is The Left Bank. Located at 511 Rhode Island Street this five star restaurants has the very best that Buffalo has to offer; delicious food and a fantastic bar. Living up to it’s Parisian name Left Bank’s atmosphere is warm, cozy, and surrounded by beautiful local artwork.
Of course the area is not yet as lively as Allentown or the Elmwood Village but with the new growth in Buffalo and the influx of people moving here, it is only a matter of time before this part of the West Side is booming with people.