The original Buffalo Grille has at last identified a fallow shopping-center slot to migrate to, about a mile southwest of its current location. The new brunch spot will be at 4080 Bissonnet, on the far western end of West U’s Montclair Shopping Center (the one with the Randalls) at Weslayan. Last seen in this location: The Candle House, next to one of those old retail storefronts for Countrywide Home Loans.
Buffalo Grille’s current building on Bissonnet at Buffalo Speedway — where it’s been for 26 years — is the only section remaining of the shopping center torn down on that site to build H-E-B’s Buffalo Market. The Buffalo Pharmacy next door to it was demolished in 2008. The following year, an H-E-B representative told West U’s city council that Buffalo Grille would stay where it was, but by this April, the grocery company politely announced that its neighbor would be looking for a new home — to open up more spaces for parking.
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The restaurant’s John McAleer told West U’s city council earlier this year that H-E-B officials were worried a lack of parking spots was causing the Buffalo Market to lose business to the Kroger across the street. H-E-B will likely tear down and pave over the current Buffalo Grille as soon as it’s vacated. McAleer thinks his new location will solve his own parking problems, too: He tells Swamplot the new place comes with more than 60 spaces in front as well as a few more in back, facing Academy St. The restaurant hopes to open in the new 4,200-sq.-ft. spot past Weslayan, 2 doors down from Lee’s One-Hour Cleaners, early next year. Next to the Academy St. side is a little green area that looks like a good candidate for patio seating.