Freddie J’s… The Hut

Fred Daniel is at it again. Over the years Freddie has had a hand in a number of barbecue ventures, sometimes on his own and also with others. We’ve seen him on PlymouthMain Street and Grant Street, but while he’s had a good run with one venture, had a hand in another and has never been afraid to lend a helpful hand to others, Freddie always told me that he was on the hunt for his dream business… and I believe that he has finally found it. Freddie is in the process of opening a small barbecue restaurant in the former Cuchifrito Hut (195 Grant Street). And that’s just the beginning. Chef has teamed up with architect Kathleen Kinan who owns the hut, as well as the house next door. Kathy is in the process of putting her artistic mark on the hut, which will open as (Freddie J’s) The Hut on December 2. 

The Hut will only seat eight customers at a time, which might be a bit small, but the story doesn’t end here… it just begins. There are a number of opportunities for Fred to grow the barbecue business at this location (more news to come), which he is currently pursuing. One of those opportunities involves creating a patio dining experience in the vacant driveway parcel adjoining the building. Fred has the ability to create a lively outdoor atmosphere that plays off the funky new look of The Hut – a building that has never quite lifted the spirits of Grant Street, but now has an opportunity to play a vibrant role in the rebirth of the neighborhood.
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It’s a small barbecue compound that will make a big splash on Grant Street. A fairly jacked up building will be restored and beautified with non-traditional motifs. A dead driveway will come to life with seating, greenery, people and barbecue fare. “I’ll have easy access to Lorigo’s The Meating Place and Guercio’s,” Freddie told me. “Plus I’m next door to West Side Stories and across the way from Sweet_ness 7 and B. Ferrante’s bakery… could it get any better than this? I’ve seen what Mark Goldman has done on Amherst Street and it’s inspiring. There is so much potential on Grant Street, and we have something very unique here… with room to grow!”
Freddie and Kathy have the ability to do something truly special on Grant Street, and Freddie knows it. I could sense Freddie’s excitement as he described the new (ad)venture that he is embarking upon. I’ve known Chef for a long time now… close to 20 years… and in that time I’ve watched him grow as a person, a businessman and a friend. I have seen him follow his dream by working his way up the ladder – exploring the city and its possibilities. Since the beginning I always knew that he would eventually find the perfect fit for his passion. I believe that Freddie has finally found a project that he can truly call his own. A restaurant where he won’t have to settle, in a highly visible location, where he can be a part of an even larger transformation. Finally Freddie has a project in front of him that offers him the ability to grow and prove to himself, and Buffalo, that when you take the right person and the right place, a winning formula is not only possible, it’s destiny. 

About the author  ⁄ queenseyes

Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

13 comments
Timothy Domst
Timothy Domst

It was decent food but I'm not crying any tears. I probably should have had the langosta but oh well.

westsidestories
westsidestories

We are so excited to have new neighbors on Grant Street. It's been so exciting to see the daily progress on the new, funky exterior. For what it's worth, the shattered looking tiles were installed intentionally.

Lukia Costello
Lukia Costello

ReginaldQMerriweatherIV: what is the point of sharing that info Reginald? It's not particularly useful or helpful.

ReginaldQMerriweatherIV
ReginaldQMerriweatherIV

Lead Photo:

It would appear that at least three of the black tiles on the south facing exposure of the 'hut' have already been smashed.

Can't imagine they were installed in that condition.

PLDGWest
PLDGWest

I'm so excited about this! Can't wait to check it out on December 2. We desperately need a restaurant in our neighborhood. And it looks great Kathy! I've been so happy to see all the progress when I pass by :)

buffalot
buffalot

It is such a pleasure running into Freddie; he always has a HUGE smile on his face. I wish him the best and hope his dream comes true!

rpm40
rpm40

I think its 196 grant street, heres the location in google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/YDYuE

Right next to West Side Stories and across from Sweetness 7. There are some interesting things going on along that stretch of Grant right now, its nice to see.

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

Grant street...two blocks north of the Cozy Nook

grad94
grad94

agreed. bro writers frequently bury such basics as hours and addresses, if they think to even include them at all. if nothing else, it would be easy to a google map link at the bottom.

LouisTully
LouisTully

A huge improvement for this site would be to do whatever the complete opposite of "hide" is for the location and hours of businesses this site tries to build up. The trend is to dig through an article to get the address or hours, if the hours are even disclosed (Lagniappes). Let's bank on people not wanting to read an article, skim perhaps. What is this friggin places' address? wtf

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