Today is Officially Ru's Pierogi Day in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today Mayor Byron Brown, through an official Mayoral Proclamation, declared the day to be Ru’s Pierogi Day in the City of Buffalo. Elected officials and community representatives gathered at the restaurant, located at 295 Niagara Street, for a ‘pierogi cutting ceremony’ to formally recognize the latest in a series of projects and businesses that further exemplify Buffalo’s renaissance.
Representatives from County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s office, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA), Journey’s End Refugee Services, National Grid and Schneider Development were also there to support the business, which also includes a food truck, catering options, and the ability to buy Ru’s frozen pierogi to prepare at home. Those with a passion for pierogi can also go to Buffalo eateries, including KeyBank Center and Big Ditch Brewing Company, where Ru’s is offered on their menus as well.
With varieties like Banana Pepper & Cheese, Chicken Wing, Goat Cheese and Pulled Pork, Ru’s Pierogi are anything but ordinary.
“Today is the day that realizes the dream I had almost 10 years ago, in my kitchen at home, of combining my grandmother’s traditional sour cream dough recipe with my take on modern fillings and flavor profiles,” said Andy Ruszczyk, Executive Chef at Ru’s Pierogi. “Doing that created a new type of cuisine that pays homage to my Polish roots, but also introduces people to tastes and textures they’ve never experienced before.”
Items on Ru’s Pierogi menu range in price from $5 for the dessert apple pierogi with caramel sauce and ice cream, to $11 for the pierogi entrees and Ru Burger. The menu also has sandwiches, salads and specials. There are vegetarian options, such as the Bleu Crumble Salad and Cheddar Potato Pierogi, and a kids’ menu, too.
The bar seasonally rotates 12 local craft beers on tap, from breweries including 42 North, Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Flying Bison and New York Beer Project. Woodcock Brothers and BlackBird Cider Works will make their way to the offerings shortly. Patrons can either buy beer by the glass ($5-$7.50), sample four of them in a flight for $8, or get growlers filled.
The production facility, where all of Ru’s Pierogi are freshly made on site, connects to the restaurant, and patrons can even see pierogi-making in action through an observation window in the lobby. Ru’s Pierogi has 40 employees, 14 of whom work in the production facility and are clients of Journey’s End Refugee Services.
Ru’s Pierogi occupies the bottom level of the Turner Brothers Lofts building, a historic structure dating back to the mid-1800s that was originally home to the Turner Brothers sarsaparilla factory and one of Buffalo’s first “fireproof” storage facilities. Schneider Development, headed by Jake Schneider, converted the top five floors into 40 high-end one- and two-bedroom apartments, all of which were filled within two weeks of the building’s opening in June of this year. Restoring and refurbishing the building was made possible, in part, thanks to the support of Empire State Development, the ECIDA, National Grid and National Fuel.
Elected officials agree the project is a huge boost for Niagara Street and Buffalo’s Lower West Side, a transitional area that’s seen a lot of development in the past few years.
Ru’s Pierogi is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. For more information, including where the food truck will be next, visit Ru’s Pierogi on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, or its website at www.ruspierogi.com.
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