A rendering of (716) provided by HarborCenter. See a gallery of renderings here.
Details began to emerge Wednesday on the 13,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant that will be included in the HarborCenter hockey-hotel complex downtown.
The restaurant, which project officials have said will include local culinary favorites and local ingredients, as well as the largest TV screen in Western New York, will be known as (716). Parentheses included.
At an afternoon press conference in First Niagara Center, (716) General Manager Dominic Verni said the name was chosen to resonate with Buffalonians.
“How often do we hear our friends say ‘back in the 716’ when returning home? Or ‘missing the 716’ when they’ve been away too long?” he said. “716 is synonymous with home, pride and fun. That’s Buffalo. That’s 716.”
“Our mission will be to provide the premier fan, food and sports destination as a key element to the overall HarborCenter experience.”
The two-story restaurant’s 38-foot video screen, visible from both floors, will be the biggest restaurant screen in the continental U.S., Verni said.
Details of the restaurant’s menu are “still in top secret mode.” Generally, Verni said, there will be signature dishes made from scratch, unique to (716).
(716) is expected to create about 150 jobs. It will seat about 360, including 135 bar stools.
The restaurant's walls will be decorated with graphics that tell the history of the numbers 7, 1 and 6 throughout the history of sports. Its bathrooms will feature mirrors that have TVs embedded within them. And, in addition to the 38-foot TV screen, there will be 55 more big-screen TVs throughout the restaurant.
-- Andrew Z. Galarneau