Bernstone's On Main Street
A few of us took a walk down Main Street on Saturday to identify some of the 'easy fixes' and low cost improvements that could be made. Before we update you on some initial progress made, I wanted to point out this building that has so much potential and could really work towards building back Main Street. It's the former Bernstone's Cigar Store located at the corner of Main and Swan, one block from Dunn Tire Park. This was the oldest cigar store in Buffalo until the day that it closed - many people traveled to Bernstone's to get the daily paper and a fine cigar.
These days the building sits vacant - a blip of a structure surrounded by a sea of parking lots. It is incredible that this building was not demolished for additional parking. I really like the character of this place and hope that someday someone sees the building's potential. Can you imagine rolling up the metal garage doors and exposing an indoor/outdoor café? A place where visitors could still pick up a morning paper and a bagel before heading over to catch a baseball game?
Bernstone's is not far from Chop-Chop, City Grill, Pearl Street Brew Pub and Globe Market- it's also just down the street from the Jenny Shop, Soundlab, The Webb Building and the soon-to-come Marcell by Chayban. The fact that this one small building was spared gives me hope that one day it will attract someone who has a vision for this downtown district. One thing is for sure... whoever does eventually open in this location will never have to worry about parking. And when that day does come (crossing fingers) I hope that they keep the sign.
If anyone has any info on the property as far as lease options, etc., please add in a comment.