Well, Buffalo, you keep getting better. Larkin Square has become the new place to go in Buffalo, on the East Side. It’s clean, safe, friendly and lively. It’s exactly what a city square should be. Once that formerly derelict neighborhood gets a couple more stores and restaurants and people living in walking distance of the square, I imagine this will be “THE” place to want to live, work and play in Western New York. Why? Because the people running Larkin Square give a damn. They care about picking up litter. They care about seeing people smile. They care about exceeding people’s expectations. And it’s working!
Larkin Square was becoming known as the go-to place in Buffalo during the summer, and proving how popular it is, nearly 2,000 people came to the square on a chilly DECEMBER night to hang out! It was the “Robot Holiday Party,” which featured a free, two hour concert by a collective of Buffalo musicians and singers known as “Robot Holiday.” The band sold CDs to raise money for the Food Bank of WNY. There were about a dozen local food trucks, and my friends and I loved the pulled pork sandwiches we got from Brenden Haggerty at The Whole Hog truck. With heaters placed outdoors to warm our hands, vendors to check out (selling baked goods, wreaths, You and Who t-shirts and more), an outdoor bar for the drinkers, and, best of all, a covered, heated indoor/outdoor boardwalk filled with people enjoying live music, Larkin Square put on one hell of a good party!
- Eat It Up: Episode 99 – Seamus Gallivan (The Good Neighborhood) (buffaloeats.org)
- The History of Food Trucks (YUM) (business2community.com)