Lloyd Taco 2nd restaurant moves forward

Jun 29, 2016

Buffalo's Common Council seems ready to approve Lloyd Taco Factory's new location on Elmwood Avenue after the restaurant addresses reservations voiced by the city's Planning Board.

Lloyd is planning a new 2,800-square-foot building at 502 Elmwood, between West Utica and Hodge. It would complement Lloyd's original location on Hertel Avenue.

Buffalo's Planning Board has reservations about the planned large graphic logo for Lloyd Taco factory's 2nd location at 502 Elmwood Avenue.
Credit WBFO's Mike Desmond

"We want to transfer our existing truck commissary into a full restaurant, similar in kind to what we did on Hertel, with a full bar and courtyard patio," said Lloyd Co-founder Peter Cimino. "We're looking to demolish a residential garage on the property and erect a new structure for additional space."

Cimino said operations will not change the neighborhood  "very much" because the restaurant currently is operating at the location.

Architect Candice Urban-Green said the Planning Board Monday expressed reservations about the large Lloyd graphic that would wrap around the restaurant - that it would not conform to neighborhood standards.

There also was concern about the patio, but Urban-Green said the restaurant would agree to a one-year probationary period, during which any complaints lodged would be addressed before the patio becomes permanent.