A new restaurant that offers food that originates in Buffalo, N.Y., is set to open in Washington this Thursday, Aug. 3, at 1621 Aroy Drive.
Nickel City Eats is owned by husband and wife duo Joshua and Kristen Geiser, who currently own Gibby’s in St. Clair and previously owned Cecil Whittaker’s in Washington.
The couple wanted to get out of the franchise business, so they decided to open a new restaurant at the former Cecil Whittaker’s site.
The two decided on bringing a taste of Buffalo to Washington in honor of Kristen’s hometown.
“We always love eating when we go back to visit my family,” said Kristen. “So, we’re just going to bring some of that flavor here.”
The menu at Nickel City Eats will include subs, hoagies and New York style pizza that will be hand stretched and baked in a brick oven. The signature dish will be a beef on weck sandwich, which Kristen says is a true Buffalo dish.
The bun is covered in caraway seeds and Kosher salt before being dipped into an au jus sauce. Then the roast beef is added and the sandwich is served with horseradish and a pickle spear.
“Everything will be made fresh and hand-breaded in house,” said Kristen Geiser. “Plus, a lot of our ingredients are coming straight from Buffalo.
“It will be a nice family dining experience,” she added.
After acquiring a liquor license, Nickel City Eats plans to serve beers from Buffalo as well.
The interior of the former Cecil Whittaker’s building has been completely redone to reflect the industrial side of Buffalo.
Nickel City Eats gets its name from the nickname for Buffalo, which was coined after a nickel with a buffalo on it was minted in the early 1900s.
“We’re really hoping to bring something different that you really can’t get anywhere else,” said Kristen. “We really want to stay true to Buffalo and make sure the food is good and nobody leaves hungry.”
The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.