JCSenecaBy Alicia Dziak

There will soon be a new stop on the circuit of must-try local eateries. The Armor Inn Ellicottville, set to open in the fall, will offer great eats at great prices for a family-friendly dining experience right in the heart of the village.

The Armor Inn will be located in the Village Centre, next to the new Kwik Fill gas station on Mill Street.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s not the first Armor Inn in western New York. The flagship Armor Inn is located in Hamburg, N.Y., on Abbott Road near the intersection of Clark Street. That property was purchased and renovated a few years ago by JC Seneca, who, after talking to his various connections in Ellicottville, decided to expand his business here.

After checking out what was available, Seneca selected the property right in the center of town.

“I chose this building because of the location,” said Seneca. “We have a lot to offer Ellicottville and we’re excited to be a part of this community.”

The Armor Inn Ellicottville plans to seat approximately 175 people, mostly indoors, with possibly a few tables along the sidewalk outside.

Like its Hamburg counterpart, the Armor Inn Ellicottville will aim to serve high-quality food at fair prices.

Seneca emphasized that the Armor Inn will cater to families, and pointed that out a kid-friendly atmosphere, a kids’ menu and a family restroom will all help achieve that goal.

The menu will include a variety of items, including the Armor Inn’s signature barbecue.

“We’re always trying to improve upon our menu, so it will be ever-changing,” Seneca said.

In addition to offering dine-in options, the Armor Inn will offer convenient room service to the Wingate hotel across the street.

“Guests at the Wingate will be able to order from us and have it delivered right to their room,” said Seneca.

The restaurant is being designed by Silvestri Architects out of Amherst, the same architects who renovated the Armor Inn in Hamburg a few years ago. A small addition will be added to the side of the building to accommodate a bathroom and storage.

Music is often at center stage in Ellicottville, and the Armor Inn will be no exception, offering some great music to patrons.

“We want to bring the blues to Ellicottville!” Seneca said enthusiastically. “We want to bring in national acts that travel the circuit and let people see acts they’d otherwise only get to see in places like Memphis.”

Seneca, who is also in the events and entertainment business, hopes to bring the events of Ellicottville to a new level.

Hamburg’s Armor Inn fills its week with live music and other fun evenings, such as Open Mic Night and Bike Night, and Seneca envisions the Ellicottville location someday following a similar format, offering a variety of entertainment for all.

“We want to be involved in everything that happens in Ellicottville,” Seneca said. “We not only want to promote our brand and business, but we want to promote all the businesses in Ellicottville.”

The Armor Inn Ellicottville is set to open in early fall, but locals can get a sneak preview  of their fare at the Taste of Ellicottville in August. Better yet, take the short drive to Hamburg to sample it firsthand.

For more information, visit www.armorinn.com.