By Andrew Z. Galarneau
The Hamburg fine dining restaurant Daniels has new owners, who say that they aim to “carry on the Johengen legacy of fine dining.”
Daniels closed Sept. 14. The soft opening is Dec. 6.
Henry Matuszewski, the former owner of Daffodils, has joined forces with insurance agent and entrepreneur Annette Winder and veteran chef Scott Donhauser, most recently of Butterwood Sweet & Savory.
The team has been working to get the details right, Winder said. Donhauser has spent time with retired chef Daniel Johengen, the restaurant’s creator, to learn sauces and dishes that the restaurant’s faithful fans adored. Dishes like Daffodils rack of lamb and seasonally inspired specials from Donhauser will be added.
The opening menu includes a foie gras ravioli appetizer with caramelized apples, riesling-poached cherries, double-smoked bacon bread pudding ($15), and filet mignon “Pepperweck,” crusted in caraway seeds and cracked black pepper, with blue cheese cream, roasted heirloom tomatoes and basil oil ($39).
The four full-time servers are returning as well, she said. Some subtle changes to décor, and tableside French press coffee, are in the offing.
Call 648-6554 for reservations. The restaurant is at 174 Buffalo St.
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