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Dinosaur BBQ aims to open at 301 Franklin St. in summer 2013

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has found its Buffalo spot, in a downtown building that was once used to store film reels, among other uses.

John Stage, Dinosaur co-founder and chief executive officer, said he just signed a lease on 301 Franklin St. The building, owned by Mark Croce, "has all these vaults, sort of, where they used to store films back in the day," said Stage.

The company likes to use older buildings, incorporating historical architectural features, and that's the plan in Buffalo, said Stage. "There’s some real interesting features inside, so we’re going to go with the architectural integrity of the building," he said. "If you look at every Dinosaur, you know that they’re all a little different, and this one will be also."

It'll be about 7,200 square feet with some additions, and will seat about 180 diners, he said.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que first opened its Syracuse flagship location in 1988, featuring Southern-style barbecue served with biker bar swagger. It now has stores Harlem, Rochester, Troy and Newark, N.J.

Locations are planned for Stamford, Conn., later this year. In 2013, Brooklyn and now Buffalo restaurants are planned.

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