BBQ and French Added to the Mix

By Eva Potter

The rumors are true — soon visitors and locals will have five new dining options in Ellicottville and two are set to open in the next few days.

The Armor Inn, with its original location in Hamburg, N.Y., is opening a second location in the Village Centre plaza next to the Red Apple store on Mill Street, on Friday, Dec. 19. The family-friendly restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner including affordable, lip-smacking BBQ for the whole family. You can look forward to lounging in the comfortable bar area, a perfect gathering place in the evening for adults to watch big-name, national blues acts on their stage.

Another new eatery to hit Ellicottville this year is Slopeside Bar and BBQ. Targeted to open Dec. 20, Slopeside is located just across from the Sunrise chairlift and the slopes of Holiday Valley (formerly Cadillac Jack’s), and will be an easy walk for skiers and boarders to find from-scratch BBQ and other delicacies. The menu features all sorts of BBQ options with signature sauces, as well as a long list of yummy appetizers.

Cadillac Jack’s is set to reopen just after Christmas, but this time at a new location in the heart of the village at 24 Monroe St. The earthy and nostalgic atmosphere will evoke memories and highlight all that is good about Ellicottville.  Inside, you’ll still find your old favorites, like Hot-Lip Mussels and their large selection of craft beers on tap, but you’ll also be delighted with their upscale gourmet dishes. A larger selection of affordable wines will be offered in addition to wine and beer pairings. The restaurant’s yet-to-be revealed unique bar design will seat guests in a more intimate style. With the addition of a new patio, the second floor will feature indoor and outdoor dining.

Dina’s, at 15 W. Washington St. in the village, held a soft opening on Dec. 10 and is expected to be open to the public this weekend. The restaurant has been closed the past month to facilitate the expansion into the adjacent building that once housed the Holiday Shoppe. The additional space will make room for more seating, a bigger kitchen and new bathrooms. Their Facebook page hints at “a few surprises,” too. Dina’s has always prided itself on a fresh and flavorful approach using local ingredients whenever possible in each dish they serve.

And last, but definitely not least, a new French bistro is coming to Ellicottville sometime in late spring or early summer. The new eatery will be located on the first floor of the Ellicottville Inn Condominiums building at 8–10 Washington Street. Ellicottville residents Victoire and Sylvain Girard plan to open an authentic French bistro in the space, seating 40-45 people in the dining area and 16 more at a bar.