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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > December 2008 > Mayor Brown Cuts The Ribbon On The Newly Renovated GiGi’s Restaurant

Mayor Brown Cuts The Ribbon On The Newly Renovated GiGi’s Restaurant

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
              Melanie Gregg

East Side Landmark gets Facelift

 Mayor Byron W. Brown today celebrated the grand reopening of Gigi’s Restaurant at 257 East Ferry Street.   The restaurant recently underwent a $190,000 renovation as part of the Commercial Area Revitalization Effort (CARE) Program, administered by the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation.   BERC provided funding for signage, windows, and other various interior and exterior renovations. 

“My Administration has always been committed to improving our residents’ quality of life, which I believe is strongly associated with the success of our local businesses.  This area of the East Side is undergoing a significant improvement effort through the assistance of the BERC, which will help merchants in the area and consumers who want to support their local, neighborhood businesses,” said Mayor Brown.  “As Mayor, I’m very pleased to contribute to this very worthy effort that will help strengthen and enhance this important city business district.”

Currently, the BERC has over $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to assist business owners on Jefferson Avenue with façade improvements.  Existing projects included in the Jefferson Avenue revitalization include the $2 million Beverly A. Gray Business Professional Service Incubator, which is currently under construction and will house 6-8 start up businesses; the $1.2 million Jefferson Retail Plaza, which is included in the CARE Program and received $60,000 of funding from the BERC; the $2.2 million Jefferson Avenue Head start Daycare Center, which received a $300,000 investment from the BERC and Mandela’s Market on Jefferson & East Ferry, which received $800,000 in private investments.

“The Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation is dedicated to revitalizing Jefferson Avenue’s commercial district,” said Brian Reilly, President of BERC.  “The rebirth of Gigi’s; an East Side landmark; is an important step to a total revitalization of Jefferson.  From new facades, new businesses and new buildings, Jefferson Avenue is constantly changing for the better.  The Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation is pleased to be a part of the rebirth.”

Gigi’s, located at the corner of East Ferry and Jefferson, is considered a landmark of Buffalo’s East Side.  Because of its location, the restaurant was included in the CARE Program, as well as the Jefferson Avenue revitalization.  $50,000 for renovations at Gigi’s was allocated by the New York Main Street organization. The soul food restaurant has been in business since 1960, and is owned by Blondine Harvin.