Hertel Lounge

Believe it or not, this building was the former home of Mulligan’s on Hertel, one of Rick James’ favorite clubs in Buffalo. Then, for years there was an antique shop located inside, and now the use is changing back to… well, not a discotheque, but a live music joint. Owner/operator Tony Carrubba is planning on bringing a live music scene to east end of Hertel, and will feature bands on a platform stage in the front window of the 3500 square foot nightclub. “I’m hoping to jumpstart this end of Hertel,” Tony told me. “The plan is to feature live music and entertainment, and as for the crowd, we’ll play it by ear – it really depends on who shows up to listen to the live music.” There are no confirmed bands on the opening line-up so far, but the hunt is on. 

Regardless of the type of crowd, one thing is clear. More than anything else there will be a mix of music lovers – on the club’s Facebook page the Hertel Lounge is already searching for local bands to play. As for a timeline, the club may be opening as early as this Friday. It would be great to see this place get a jumpstart with a few really good Buffalo bands. Other than live music, Hertel Lounge also features billiard tables, a jukebox, dart machines, and will sell appetizers (hours are 8pm – 4am). 
Hertel Lounge
1669 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14216

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31 comments
NoBoGuy
NoBoGuy

Anything that can "jumpstart" that part of Hertel is most welcome! I hope that it's a classy joint and not another trash-bar. The Hertel STrip is amazing and has come such a long way. Yes, still a long way to go, but progress is always welcome.

jjmullinsjr
jjmullinsjr

I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're being facetious.

Yes, think of the possibilities: shootings, stabbings, rape, graffiti, burglaries. Cars blaring noise at window shattering decibel levels.

Just Google "Chippewa District."

Hertel is rising thanks to people escaping hip hop sewage

hoss
hoss

Mohawk was a very viable venue. Only reason it's closing is because it is being sued out of existence by the kid who broke his neck stage diving. So I've heard at least..

"Realist"
"Realist"

MEG> "That section of Hertel was just WIDENED"

Hertel was rebuilt but not widened. The DOT waned to widen it in the late 90s but backed down after City and neighborhood objection. The turn lane was put in before reconstruction to calm traffic.

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

Hertel is now becoming the new Elmwood...and North Buffalo is becoming the new Westside

GyBeav
GyBeav

Live a block away and totally agree. Looks sad.

Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.
Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

If Indie Rock couldn't make it at Mohawk, I certainly don't think it will survive here at the "Nite Club." Personally, I'd like to see this become an all Hip-Hop destination. A rap-centric lounge would be perfect for Hertel as they have nothing like this currently. Think about the possibilities!!

MEG
MEG

That section of Hertel was just WIDENED. We got the fancy fake brick planters and dead trees to go with them. No street furniture, but pole banners.

I believe it was to include a turn lane. I would be great to get that lane back for bike lanes!

The new shops at the corner of North Park are doing their part, and I hope they, along with this new owner/investor, can steer the business association in the right direction, too.

hoss
hoss

With the upcoming (sad) closing of Mohawk Place, this town is going to need a new indie rock venue. I would imagine the close proximity to UB would be a good thing. I'd also like to see the hours expanded to at least include happy hour. Best of luck!

Woods79
Woods79

I don't see a problem letting the scene evolve musically. Hertel doesn't really have an identity in this way, and it might be helpful to offer up a broad appeal and see who your clientele is and adapt accordingly. I think the influx of new, younger homeowners has made the neighborhood up-for-grabs culturally. Toss a bunch of stuff out onto the steps and see what the cat licks up.

HWA
HWA

Agreed. If I could upvote this comment 1000x I would. Billboards on Hertel are atrocious. What can be done? Pressure the building owner? They're not concerned about blight, they are just happy to have the extra cash in their pocket every month.

rpm40
rpm40

"The plan is to feature live music and entertainment, and as for the crowd, we'll play it by ear - it really depends on who shows up to listen to the live music."

Maybe the owner should have some understanding of the demographics and who they're targeting BEFORE opening the business, not after? That kind of comment is enough to make me worry if it will be mismanaged before it even opens, or at the very least, if the result will be a bland bar with no identity.

Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.
Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

I know, right? Checkers did it, why can't Sterling? Although I'm told that Jerry Sullivan financed the Checkers men's room rebuild. Does anyone know what Flamingo's men's room is looking like these days?

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

I also want Sterling Place to remodel their men's room

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

The CVS and that awful parking lot need to go...the lot is never maintained and the building looks like crap...I think there is still some old graffiti bleeding through the front wall by the sidewalk if my memory serves correct....then there is that equally ugly vacant lot next to DiGuillios..(how is that place still open?)....with the Sidebar, Shadow Lounge and now this place....this might be the next live music destination in WNY...I'm thinking maybe a jazz club would be nice but I don't think buffalo is much of a jazz town

Ryan
Ryan

Concur on the non-need for turn lanes and the addition of bike lanes.

North Park
North Park

LT, A lot of those streets don't need a turn lane. . . .they would be fine with one lane in either direction and bike lanes.

LouisTully
LouisTully

The traffic layout of Hertel needs to be mimicked all over the city: parking lanes, turning lane, one lane each direction. Such as any street that is wider than one lane and causes confusion and danger to the masses of drivers too stupid or inconsiderate to know how to handle their vehicle. See: Starin, Colvin, Delavan, Delaware (in Kenmore), and countless other streets.

warrenavenue
warrenavenue

Keep the turning lane and add some crosswalks is what needs to be done....

If you eliminate the turning lane, Linden, Tacoma and Taunton will become even more congested with traffic and I can watch more accidents from my porch if that happens.....There are already countless school buses, beer and food delivery trucks, and a near constant flow of traffic on these streets that try to avoid Hertel....

ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

I have to agree with you. Hertel is a very harsh stretch with zero curb appeal no matter which direction one looks. It's like a city version of transit road.

crc
crc

I'm unimpressed to tell you the truth. You can downvote me all you want but the outside is cheap looking and unimpressive with its tin signage and awful paint job. And yeah, the name is lacking as well. I just think it's a sign of things to come - none of which can be good.

If they put some serious money into the place I'd be more hopeful. It just reminds me of a fly-by-night establishment. And yeah, Mulligan's comes to mind.

Cam33r4
Cam33r4

I hate the name "Hertel Lounge" to be honest. It sounds so unoriginal. Was that really the best they could come up with? (I mean as a side note, I am happy something is going in there!)

elmdog
elmdog

Great for Hertel....What a business friendly and inviting street for small local businessses.......I know that they arent the same but what a difference from the Pain in the A.. Elmwood village and Elmwood Strip.......Hertel has a different demographic of patrons I suppose but god its nice to see a neighborhood and street transform itself ....it seems to keep changing...People are willing to take risks on this street etc....Elmwood on the other hand...Almost perfect commercial corners stay dead, Sole? Buffalo Cakery? Other than Blue Monk and the great transformation of Acropolis? Something has to change....

Its not a competition but, there is a list of new ventures on Hertel a mile long and some have Elmwood roots...But I wonder for how long these places will stay on Elmwood

Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.
Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

Live music "nite club" in the old Mulligan's? Bad idea. What do you think the over/under is on months in business?

LI2Northpark
LI2Northpark

I agree about the turn lane. It would be a mess on Hertel without it. I would like to see some marked crosswalks with "stop for pedestrian signs" at a couple of corners without lights, like Wellington. The lighting definitely needs an upgrade as well as the tree/planter upkeep. All in all though, Hertel has come along nicely and I'm very happy living in the 'hood.

BuffaloRox
BuffaloRox

No thank you! The center turn lane was an important change that made it possible to reduce Hertel from 4 lanes to 2 lanes about 9 or 10 years ago. Without that center lane, Hertel becomes a congested mess with more traffic moving onto alternative east-west corridors such as Amherst, Linden and Tacoma. While I know it's not feasible, I would love to have the street lights completely redone. Ditch the supertall acorn lighting and replace with streetlights that are more human scale - like the lights in the neighborhoods around Delaware Park.

jbny14
jbny14

I think the real question here is, "how will this effect the demolition of the old church at 375 Colvin?"

Just kidding. In all seriousness, when I was out for the Holiday walk a couple weeks ago I was very impressed with my 'hood, minus some the obvious issues to be dealt with.

The additions to Hertel over this past year have made our neighborhood very desirable to visit/shop for a variety of people and not just people like us that can walk there.

Good work.

urbanbflo
urbanbflo

Turn that center lane to tree beds, the street is just a concrete jungle. It needs some softening.

LI2Northpark
LI2Northpark

Agreed. Also, how about getting rid of the billboards? They're butt ugly and ruin the sightlines of some otherwise pretty nice looking buildings. Are they even legal?

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

The transformation of Hertel is swift and impressive--this is another notch in the belt. Now, to enhance the neighborhood, the Ave. needs to be narrowed, and bike lanes/bump-outs/etc. need to be added. The user experience of Hertel would dramatically improve these businesses' chance of success.

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