Larkin Square Blog

Ethan Cox speaks about the history of brewing in Buffalo!

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 31, 2014

Buffalo Beer cvrJoin us on January 31st for one of the first Larkin Square Author Series book talks of the new year! Ethan Cox, co-author of Buffalo Beer: a History of Brewing in the Nickel City, will present an informal book talk and signing at the Filling Station Restaurant (745 Seneca St.) from 1:15-2pm. He is one of several speakers who will be speaking at the Filling Station that day, as a part of the 1st Annual Larkinville Ice Festival!

Speaker Schedule:
12:30-1pm: Chris Hawley on Sweet Peggy O’Neil
1:15-2pm: Ethan Cox
2:15-3pm: Carl Schmittder & Frank Weber, partners in Buffalo Distilling Co.

Cox is one of the founders of Community Beer Works, a local Buffalo nanobrewery opened in 2012. Their beer is served at over 20 bars and restaurants throughout WNY. Community Beer Works’ new satellite location is the recently opened Hydraulic Hearth located at 716 Swan Street, across from Larkin Square, where they will be brewing as well as serving select brews.

In Buffalo Beer: a History of Brewing in the Nickel City, authored by Ethan Cox and Mike Rizzo, the rich history of brewing in Buffalo is explored. By the middle of the 1800’s, beer brewing in Buffalo was thriving. Though many of these original breweries struggled through the Prohibition Era, a new wave of craft brewing has erupted in America, especially our very own Buffalo!

The Filling Station will be opened from 11am-3pm as a part of the 1st Annual Larkinville Ice Festival, serving a limited menu of hot pretzels, soup and paninis! The Ice Festival spans across 3 locations in Larkinville: The Filling Station, the Hydraulic Hearth, and Flying Bison Brewery. The Hearth will be open for their Saturday Tradition: Bagels and Brooze. Flying Bison will offer tours, tastings, food trucks, and live ice carving on site! For more information about the 1st Annual Larkinville Ice Festival, read our blog post!

Books available for sale at the Filling Station by Talking Leaves Book, Buffalo’s local bookstore.

The Larkin Square Author Series is sponsored by First Niagara and Independent Health.


2014 Holiday Vendor Market

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 17, 2014

Join us this Friday, December 19th from 10am-2pm in the Larkin at Exchange Building for the annual Holiday Vendor Market! The market will feature over 30 vendors selling their crafts, desserts, gifts, and more! The market will be located in the main lobby and surrounding areas.

From 12-12:30pm the Caroling Counselors, a group of local Buffalo lawyers who sing in their free time, will be putting on a performance in the lobby. You won’t want to miss it!

The Larkin at Exchange Building is located at 726 Exchange Street, off of Seneca Street, behind the First Niagara office building. Free parking for visits under 2 hours in lots D and E or the Visitor Lot across the street.

See you there!



BFLO Distilling Co. coming to Larkinville!

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 15, 2014

Our little stretch of Seneca Street in Larkinville is now home to two breweries, Community Beer Works at the Hydraulic Hearth,  716 Swan St. and Flying Bison Brewing Company,  840 Seneca St. In spring 2015 they will be joined by BFLO Distilling Company at 860 Seneca Street.  Saturday afternoons in Buffalo will take on a whole new dimension: door-to-door tastings, ending with brunch at Hydraulic Hearth! Click here for  more details, courtesy of Buffalo Rising, on the next fun business to land in Larkinville in April, 2015.

Perfect Holiday weekend in Buffalo!

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 02, 2014

We love December in Buffalo! This first weekend of December is shaping up to be a fun one! Thanks to Buffalo Rising and the Buffalo News Gusto for always providing great ideas for big and small activities around town!  This weekend I have a friend coming to Buffalo from NYC. I am excited to show off Buffalo at its winter finest!  We just need a dusting  of snow to complete the holiday wonderland!  We suggest starting in Larkinville on Friday and going from there! Here is our suggested holiday weekend game plan..its all about local eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment!  Read More