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April 2017

PSE and Labatt Rendering

PSE And Labatt USA Announce Partnership In Cobblestone District

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The Historic Cobblestone District is primed for more growth after the announcement from Pegula Sports and Entertainment and Labatt USA to redevelop 79 Perry into a mixed-use facility that includes retail, commercial and residential space.

Labatt USA will serve as 79 Perry’s anchor tenant, partnering with PSE to create an innovative beer and brewing destination, dubbed the “John Labatt Project.” It will feature a ground floor restaurant and pilot brewery where beer drinkers can taste, experience and influence new beer development for Labatt.

“Upon completing the purchase of this historic property, our team thoroughly examined the needs of the Cobblestone district and its surrounding area,” said Russ Brandon, PSE’s managing partner and president. “We determined that there is a great need for another regional attraction that also features a permanent residential component. Thanks to our partners at Labatt USA, we are going to open a destination that appeals to community members from Western New York and beyond, creating a far-reaching impact.”

79 Perry’s main attraction, the “John Labatt Project,” will celebrate the rich heritage of Labatt Beer and the city of Buffalo while creating the next era for Labatt that connects to the vitality of the district. Visitors will be able to experience the brewing process in action and help Labatt explore new beer styles, while enjoying authentic ethnic foods from Buffalo’s storied past. The environment will highlight the industrial and innovative spirit of Buffalo, while giving a nod to the rebirth of the Cobblestone district.

Labatt USA relocates its Buffalo-based US corporate headquarters to Cobblestone District

Labatt USA will also relocate its Buffalo-based US corporate headquarters within the 79 Perry’s commercial space, furthering its strong connection to Buffalo that became magnified when the company moved to Buffalo from Norwalk, Connecticut in 2007. Labatt USA’s workforce has grown by 40% in the last three years and now includes 56 employees.

“Our partnership with PSE is a pivotal moment for Labatt in the US. We are taking our decades long commitment to the Buffalo Niagara region, and creating a destination where we can have a new conversation with our most loyal beer drinkers that will influence innovation for Labatt throughout the country,” said Glen Tibbits, general manager of Labatt USA. “This is a natural evolution for both partners, and an amazing opportunity for beer, sports and downtown Buffalo. Now, bring on the Cup!”

PSE will be pursuing additional design elements that highlight 79 Perry’s historical elements and will be making every effort to utilize Western New York’s local workforce through the design and construction process. Additional plans and the project timetable will be announced in the future.

About Pegula Sports and Entertainment

Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE) is a management company that streamlines key business areas across all Pegula family-owned sports and entertainment properties including the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, HarborCenter and Black River Entertainment. PSE aims to be a leader in the sports and entertainment industry by bringing together the individual resources, capabilities and talents of each of its entities to create a cohesive and sustainable brand that together represents the Pegula family’s interest. PSE’s mission is exemplified by its One Buffalo initiative, which unites Western New York and serves as a representation of teamwork through a deeper connection between Buffalo sports teams, fans and the community.

About Labatt USA

Labatt USA, headquartered in Buffalo, New York, has imported Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light from Canada since 1951. Today, Labatt Blue is America’s top-selling Canadian beer. With a clean, refreshing taste, light color, slight hop aroma, good balance, fruity character and a slightly sweet taste, Labatt Blue has become the premier Canadian pilsener in the Great Lakes region and expansion markets across the United States.

First brewed in Canada in 1847, Labatt continues to carry on the tradition and heritage of the great outdoors.

5 Places to Eat in the Cobblestone District

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From wings to blue cheese, the City of Buffalo is known for its wonderful food, and our dishes are often imitated outside of Western New York. Luckily, there are plenty of places to enjoy local dishes in the Historic Cobblestone District. Today we’re sharing five spots to grab food when you’re in the area:

(716) Food & Sport – 7 Scott St

Love sports? Love food? (716) Food & Sport has it all. Boasting a 38 ft video screen provides the ultimate fan experience while enjoying drinks at one of three ice-top bars. Enjoy the tastes of the city while cheering on your favorite hometown teams over local’s favorite dishes. Experience (716) today.

photo credits:
(twitter.com/716FoodandSport)
(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Pizza Plant Italian Club – Canalside -125 Main St, Ste 110

Have you ever tasted a pod? If you’re asking ‘what’s a pod?’ then you probably have not, and that should change. Pizza Plant’s menu ranges from soup to pizza and it’s all delicious! Located across from Canalside, it’s the perfect place to grab food after walking around. Learn more about them here.

photo credit: Facebook/Pizza.Plant.Italian.Pub.Canalside

Lagerhaus 95 – 95 Perry Street

Visit this iconic gastropub offering lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner Saturday. Of course, you can always come in for drinks too. From local favorites like L95 wings and fingers to german delights, Lagerhaus delivers every time. Enjoy their offerings.

  photo credit: Facebook/lagerhaus95

Liberty Hound –
1 Naval Park Cove

Nestled inside the Buffalo Naval Park, The Liberty Hound is the perfect place to enjoy craft beers and fresh seafood. The combination of a beautiful view and delicious food makes Liberty Hound a must view venue. Take a look at their menu.

photo credit: Facebook/LibertyHoundBuffalo

Buffalo RiverWorks –
359 Ganson St

Once a mill operation building, RiverWorks is now home to ice and roller derby rinks, concerts and events. The unique layout includes the former GLF Grain Silo that is being transformed into the RiverWorks brewery. In addition, RiverWorks boasts dozens of TV’s providing the ultimate fan experience to sport fans. Come on down and experience the wonderful beer and food on the patio that overlooks the banks of the Buffalo River.

photo credit: Facebook/RiverWorksBuffalo