Evolution of Buffalo's Chippewa Entertainment District
A collection of before and after photos of Buffalo's Chippewa Entertainment District. More photos to be added.
In the early 1800s the corner of Pearl and Chippewa Streets marked the limits of the Village of Buffalo. During the 1960s and 70s, the area was regarded as the City’s "red light" district hosting a number of seedy taverns, topless clubs, cheap hotels and pornography shops. The street's fortunes began to change when local entrepreneur Mark Goldman restored the Calumet Building in the early-1990s bringing with it a wave of nightlife development. By the mid-90s, almost every building between Main Street and Delaware Avenue was renovated into a bar or nightclub. Since re-inventing itself into Buffalo’s primary entertainment district, Chippewa has fallen victim to the cyclical nature of the bar business with many of the original 1990s establishment being re-named or rebuilt over the last 15 years.
OTHER IMAGES: The following two pictures are from Flickr's Senor Roboto
Current site of SoHo Building
Chippewa Entertainment District Hall of Fame
A1A Asbury Alley, 425 Pearl Street Bada Bing Buffalo Pub, Bradford, Omega Lounge Barrel House, Jack Devine’s Barristers, Bottom’s Up Big Shots, Liar’s Buckin' Buffalo Calumet Arts Café, Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant Chaos Club Level Club Vodka Concrete, Concrete Cafe Coliseum Complex (1996), Kaos Club, The Rhino Room (cigar bar), Flash (disco), Lulu’s (martini bar), Amnesia (80s-style dance club), Buffalo Smokehouse, D’Arcy McGee’s Continental TheCrocodile Bar, Croc Bar Flappy’s Garvey’s House of Quinn, Brinks, The Local Kingsnake Lounge LaLuna McMonkeez Papaya Pure Quote Reservoir, Sub Zero Shabeen, Red Room Shaker Lounge 67 West Sky Bar (1998) SoHo Stage Door Third Room Utopia Witz End Comedy Zoo Bar