SALAMANCA — Bringing familiar, classic food favorites to the area, Silver Bells Café is opening soon at 79 Main St. Cupcaked Bakery on Main is also transitioning and partnering with the new café that will occupy their former business space.
Brian Yaworsky, owner and operator, said the new eatery is an expansion of the Silver Bells Holiday Shop located a couple of storefronts away at 67 Main St. where it has been since its opening in September 2020. The new space began transition activities April 5 and the hope is to reopen as soon as the weekend of April 10-11.
Managed by Jeffrey Demarest, the holiday-themed café is bringing Texas Hots back to Main Street. In addition to Texas Hots, Yaworsky is bringing other local favorites to the café including Beef on Weck with the Weck rolls coming from a bakery out of Buffalo, cabbage rolls, homemade pierogies, Polish pastries and other desserts, as well as fresh donuts each morning.
“I think that will set us apart from what other restaurants are doing in the area,” he said. “I’m looking to kind of bring back a little nostalgia to Salamanca.”
The menu will stay somewhat the same because many customers are used to those items, however there will be a number of additions and changes. Yaworsky said Annie Coe’s famous bakery items will still be offered, along with her soups, salads and sandwiches. Patrons will continue to find their favorite smoothies with mango, peach, raspberry and strawberry.
Yaworsky said the café will be featuring Finger Lakes Coffee out of Rochester and will bring in a full line of their coffees with three or four different flavors. He said the coffee will be roasted in Rochester then freshly ground onsite. Frappés will also be offered.
According to Yaworsky, his first plan was to expand into the empty space at 69 Main St., right next door to the gift shop, which was the original location of the Texas Hot place. He said the opportunity to assume ownership of the leased space came about when Annie Coe, owner of the Cupcaked Bakery on Main, decided to give up her business endeavor at that site and pursue it in a different way utilizing a food truck.
“Her passion is in baking and they are planning to do a food truck,” he said. “It has nothing to do with Salamanca, the business, the customers or anything like that. Her business was doing well, but it’s just not her passion. So, the opportunity came up for me to basically turnkey the location.”
Yaworsky said the name “Silver Bells” is relevant to Salamanca because of Ray Evans who wrote the song and grew up in Salamanca.
“We’re trying to bring an awareness that Salamanca really is the hometown of ‘Silver Bells,’ so to speak. There’s a lot of history in Salamanca that people don’t realize,” he said. “We’re working with the historical society museum to hopefully display vintage city items in the windows.”
Once it is fully up and running, the café will be open seven days a week. Yarworsky is hoping the transition of rearranging, painting, changing the signage and bringing in equipment comes together by April. If not, they will certainly be operating by April 12. Weekend hours will be posted soon.
Business hours are not finalized yet, but he plans to be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 or 10 a.m. on Sundays, with the exception of April 11.
“I want to begin at 8 a.m. to catch the breakfast crowd. I also want to find out what the customers like food-wise and what my staffing is going to be,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes. If people are coming in near closing time to order, then we’ll stay open until later.”
Yaworsky said they will be offering online ordering through their website that is due to launch soon. For more information, call (716) 265-2283 or email them at email@example.com.
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