Howling Rooster Restaurant finds a new home

Oct 25, 2016

After sitting empty for the past year, an Englewood Avenue restaurant in Tonawanda is about to come back to life.

Caren Paterniti, owner of the Howling Rooster restaurant, has purchased the former Milano’s and plans to move her eatery from nearby Kenmore Avenue to the Englewood Avenue site within the next month. The Howling Rooster will remain open at its 299 Kenmore Avenue site until the new location is ready.

Paterniti, through her 529 Englewood LLC affiliate, paid $264,500 for the 4,200-square-foot former pizzeria and Italian restaurant, according to documents filed in the Erie County Clerk’s Office.

At first, Paterniti considered leasing another site but after talking with her broker, Eric Tudor from Tudor Collins Real Estate, she decided that buying made more sense than leasing.

“I was at the point where I could make it (buying a building),” Paterniti said.

After considering a number of locations, Milano’s was selected because it is less than one mile from the Howling Rooster.

Greg Zadrozny, a broker from RealtyUSA, said several interested parties looked at Milano’s but Paterniti was set on buying the building.

Milano’s had been in business for more than three decades, but its owners decided last year to retire.

While the new site is more than three times the size of the current Howling Rooster, Paterniti said she has a plan to gradually grow into the building. “We will start small and graduate up,” she said.

The current Howling Rooster has just 16 tables. The new site will start with somewhere between 20 and 25 tables. The Howling Rooster is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. When it moves, it may extend that to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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