Vasilis Express brings recipe for success to Hertel

After first opening on Elmwood two years ago, and then seconding that motion by opening a second location in Downtown Buffalo this past December, Vasilis Express is moving forward with a third location. This time it’s the former Grumpy’s location on Hertel Avenue. Let’s hope that the recipe for success continues, as the newest location could be a smashing success if all goes according to plan. After all, this location exudes so much potential (see location) as long as the food and service is good, especially during the warmer months. That’s because the building has got an incredible street presence, and plenty of outdoor seating. 

What was once a gas station (see here), has been fortunately converted to an eatery, although the business that first moved in didn’t make a go of it for very long. Regardless, it’s not hard to have high hopes for Vasilis at this location, because we already know that the restaurant’s food offerings are solid, the service is good, and the overall operation is well-run. Seeing that North Buffalo has a lot of families, this former gas station-turned-restaurant locale should be the perfect place to A) Grab some quick take-out food B) Eat outside after a soccer game in Delaware Park. It’s ideally situated close to a lot of different neighborhoods and parks, and has the ability to jumpstart this section of Hertel Avenue. Being a fan of Vasilis, this is great news for North Buffalo.
Vasilis
1900 Hertel Avenue – Corner of Carmel
Buffalo NY

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

22 comments
fotgs
fotgs

If you may well be searching for chicken coop plans on the internet, then you are probably searching for the correct way to build a chicken coop. However, there are basic issues you require to know to be able to choose the correct plans that fit your specific situation www.chicken-coopplans.net

marus97g
marus97g

This topic is something that I have been looking into for a while now and your insight is exceptional. Thanks for sharing this information.

safe moving houston

buffal0ver
buffal0ver

I'm with Ivan and Sheldon - no go on Lonestar. This will be great to have in the area, we need a nice quick eat stop now that Grumpy's is gone. And this is so much healthier!

buffal0ver
buffal0ver

I am so excited! I love on the street, always go to the Elmwood location, but this is awesome! My husband is already talking about walking down in the spring and coming back with gyros lol Love it! Great to see the expansion.

Buffalo All Star
Buffalo All Star

Your dealing with the side of Hertel (Hertel itself..not side streets) that is unequivocally more residential that the other half. Of course your going to have normal operating businesses that serve every day needs--coffee shop, sweet shop, liquor store, corner bar etc...vs. $4000 couches at Room.

The curve from Parker to Main on Hertel is not my favorite at all and I think the street could be a little more "residential intimate" from Main Street all the way down to Starin maybe. Hertel is confusing sometimes..you go from industrial..to retail/commercial..to residential and the street itself doesn't change at all. Thats a big reason the Main St. end of Hertel gets dumped on..its got a commercial grade road for a highly residential end of the street. Slow things down a bit (road diet?)..and you'll have everyday businesses continue to pop up and fill in the holes like Vasili's

The real ugly problem isn't the Main St. part of Hertel...Hertel/Deleware is truly depressing. If I had one wish for a quality new build it would be ontop of burger king or the church parking lot

Buffalo All Star
Buffalo All Star

There was indoor seating and an indoor counter at Grumpys..you had to go in from the side. Maybe 10-15 seats. I would say its a pretty good street presence considering what they were dealing with..an old gasoline shack and a surface lot. I can't think of too many surface lots that I've wanted to check out..this was one of them.

I loved the place...but I can see why they went out of business. Probably 100 different types of ice cream to choose from and THEY WERE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS??? The closing time during the week was earlier than I would have expected too...8 or 9pm.

My last apartment was on Huntington and I cannot tell you how many times we'd drive by and see people looking in the window. You've got to be really ignorant to close your ice cream and burgers joint on Sunday..next to a park thats one of the little league capitals on Western New York.

I hope Vasili got a break on the sales price..last time I checked it was over $250k.

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

I've probably eaten at the Lonestar over 100 times over the years...no exaggeration...It's been a while though because as much as I find their food really tasty, it suddenly dawned on me how unclean and gross their restaurant is....if what you an see is filthy I can only imagine what you can't see.....too bad because their Tex-Mex has no competition in Buffalo.....even the Death Dog is tasty.

Ryan
Ryan

It's still there--and they're planning on increasing they're menu shortly. EATON Chocolate has filled the ice cream gap left behind by PHSS. There is a yoga/massage studio on the corner. Checker's Tavern is still serving beer. There is a wholesale bagel place too, right? Lone Star and The Liquor Store are alive an well. They are by no means upscale establishments by there is nothing shady about them. There is even a bike store and a boat (I think?) store in the area I think. Add on Vasili's Express and there is quite a bit going on in this little section of Hertel.

chetroia
chetroia

Yea the on hertel/parker is out of business. I think another one is going to move in there too. I think its tough place to do business its on the side of Parker yo dont even notice it when you drive by on Hertel.

mattg
mattg

The coffee place that moved into the ice cream shop failed already?

chetroia
chetroia

This is at the end of my street I hope to see Visalis make it but anthing that has gone in that building has failed when I was growing up as a child on Carmel ave this was a gas/service station and the building was remodeled and became a pizzeria and that failed then few other businnesses too that went in and failed. This part of Hertel ave needs some TLC or something cause its ugly. The gas station across the street is an eye sore and so it Lone Star and that liquor store also there was a coffe place on that area of hertel it was the old pharmacy that failed also. Hopfully someboday comes up with a good business that will make it on this end of hertel

JSmith
JSmith

Not sure "incredible street presence" is a phrase I would use for what is currently a burger shack in the middle of a parking lot.

Glad to see it will be occupied again, and it being by a business with a successful track record is a good sign.

LouisTully
LouisTully

There was no indoor seating as Grumpy's, that I recall. Only the patio for outdoor. The door on the left lead to an indoor area but I don't recall them using that either, although it would have worked as a carryout spot.

mattg
mattg

GREAT addition to Hertel! I can't remember if this place has any indoor seating or not. If there was it must have been limited.

elmdog
elmdog

WOW Vasilis.......growth plan

LI2Northpark
LI2Northpark

Very excited! A nice addition to the 'hood! Also happy to see that the malware warnings are no longer popping up when I go to your site. Is that all cleared up?

Ryan
Ryan

Is there place to eat there or is it only to go?

Captain Picard
Captain Picard

Congratulations! Vasilis is delicious and appropriately priced. The perfect addition to North Buffalo.

rockpile
rockpile

Love their chicken wraps!

© 2014 Hyperlocal Media. All Rights Reserved.