Heading out for a bite and/or any sort of beverage? A destination with a cozy fire or hearth to sit beside is a warm beacon on a cold winter’s day. From East Aurora to Allentown, check out these places where you can warm up whilst enjoying the libation or fare of your choice.
The Eagle House (5578 Main St, Williamsville) makes much of its 194-year history. Highlights include serving as a former wagon and passenger coach “stopping point,” during the pre-automobile era of the mid- to late-1800s. With dramatic events including the very first building burning down before its official opening, they now keep the fire burning only in the cozy fireplace. While you warm up, enjoy hearty food and a welcoming atmosphere.
The 31 Club (31 Johnson Park) is a gorgeously renovated former supper club. It boasts a large bar, a lovely dining room and a nicely outfitted second floor. And, burning brightly in a smaller dining room to the right of the entryway is a fireplace. If you make a reservation, request seating there. Or if you just happen by, you might get lucky and be able to enjoy a meal, a snack and/or a sip as you get toasty.
Khari’s Cafe (128 Fargo Ave) on Buffalo’s quickly morphing west side, touts its “coffee-focused” menu and fresh food options. Its “corner store” location has modern, minimal décor. The space, designed by Buffalo firm Davidson Rafailidis, is warmed by a tall Kachelofen (literal translation: “glazed tile oven”) – a masonry stove – that provides radiant heat through its tiled surfaces, including the adjacent seating area.
The large tasting room at the Hamburg Brewing Company (6553 Boston State Rd, Hamburg) with its combo lodge- and sports-themed décor entices guests. It’s a casual atmosphere in which to enjoy the eponymous brews. Everything centers around a huge wood-burning fireplace (signage asks guests to “not tend the fire”). You can sit upon cushions hearthside, or gather with your party at nearby wooden table. Seating is first come first served.
The Roycroft Campus (40 S. Grove St, East Aurora) where the Roycroft Inn is located, is the literal birthplace of the American Arts & Crafts movement. As such, a visit there steeps you in history, arts, and handcrafted splendor. And yes, there’s a spot for you to sit fireside in the Craftsman Lounge and enjoy the hospitality of the renowned dining and sight-seeing destination.
Gabriel’s Gate (145 Allen St), which just happens to be a stop on the Buffalo Wing Trail and home of the wings Bon Appetit Magazine named their favorite in Buffalo, exudes historic charm. Situated in the cozy, bohemian Allentown neighborhood, the interior dining space and bar are the right blend of quirky and welcoming. Dark wood booths and bar tops, ecletic decor, exposed brick walls and, of course, a roaring fireplace create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, both literally and figuratively.
So, wherever you find yourself in the area, come on in and warm up!