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Resurgent signs showing in University Heights

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Some city neighborhoods are benefiting from the surge in development in downtown Buffalo. That energy has spun off into University Heights where Tucker Curtin is rebuilding the facade and entrance of The Steer restaurant.

He says a lot of money has gone into the inside and structure of the building and now it's time to change the look. Curtin says the food business has changed and he's had to change with it.
"To have a family sit down and a couple of the people are vegans and a couple aren't and they can all share a meal together and break bread and share the different foods and conversation in one place," Curtin explained.

"It's wonderful. A lot of restaurants tend to alienate certain customers because they can't fulfill the certain needs. We're able to fulfill those needs more than anybody else at this point."

Curtin says that means his staff makes cheese out of cashews and turns beans into what seems to be meat, for vegan customers to eat with members of their own family who eats meat. He says it's good business to attract entire families.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.