Photo courtesy of Pizza Plant

After over six months of being dark due to the pandemic, Pizza Plant’s Canalside location is set to reopen on Tuesday, October 6. The restaurant announced back on March 22 that they couldn’t justify keeping both locations open during the shutdown, opting instead to keep their Williamsville location in business.

But, that was then, and this is now.

According to tentative plans, they will be open Tuesday through Sunday with 50 percent inside seating with additional outdoor seating, depending on the weather. Thanks to their Bar Pod concept (custom bar dividers), there will be full seating at the bar. Once concerts and sporting events resume and return to normal, hours will expand.

Pizza Plant Owner Dan Syracuse explains that the decision to keep their Transit Road location open over the Canalside location was a practical one.

Photo courtesy of Pizza Plant

“With the Canalside area by all but vacant, we had no choice but to close in late March,” Syracuse says. “[Our] Transit [location] fortunately had a drive-thru, and a recently expanded patio, which kept most of our staff employed.”

Syracuse adds that a large portion of the reason that Canalside is now able to reopen is due to the work of its general manager.

“Reopening has been a challenge, with all but the key employees not returning, most of the operational staff needed to be hired and trained,” he says. “Thankfully our General Manager Greg Woodworth is doing an outstanding job on all aspects of getting Canalside up again.”

They will also have a new menu available upon reopening.

Photo courtesy of Pizza Plant

“We created a Pods & Pints concept, eliminated some regular items like burritos and pastas, and will feature a new double sided 11×17 menu that will work well for high volume events, while still staying true to what people want most!” Syracuse says.

I’m looking forward to being able to get back down to Canalside and enjoy a fresh craft beer at Pizza Plant, an experience that is set to become that much better in the near future. Hint hint.

“With Main Street opening, and Seneca One, we are enthusiastic for solid business,” Syracuse says.

They are currently hiring for Canalside. For more information, visit

Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).