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WEDI News

For inquiries, contact Erin Kelly, Director of External Relations ekelly@wedibuffalo.org/716.800.2280

February 15, 2024

Buffalo State University and WEDI partner to bring authentic cuisine to campus

Buffalo State University and Westminster Economic Development Initiative are partnering to help support small businesses get their roots in Buffalo, but to also bring authentic cuisine to the campus.

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Visit Buffalo Niagara: February 2, 2024

Incubating Buffalo's Global Food Scene

West Side Bazaar brings people together from near and far.

National Trust for Historic Preservation: January 25, 2024

From a Derelict Warehouse to a Bustling Business Incubator, West Side Bazaar is Uplifting Buffalo’s Cuisine Scene

West Side Bazaar had long needed more space to grow. For years, the small-business incubator housed about a dozen restaurants and retail shops in a 3,200-square-foot former Blockbuster Video on Grant Street in Buffalo, New York. With just a 47-seat capacity, the market accommodated 90,000 visits a year. WEDI had plans in motion to find the bazaar a larger home. The organization purchased an early 20th century warehouse on Niagara Street in 2018 that once housed a Prohibition-era bootlegging operation run by the Illinois Alcohol Company.

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