Niagara Gazette


November 20, 2012

New supper club opens today on 19th Street

Niagara Gazette — A new restaurant and entertainment venue called The Topper Social Club will open for business at 4 p.m. today, featuring fine dining and live entertainment for those who nostalgically recall the supper club era.

The renovated club is the home of a former well-known nightclub of the same name, which opened in the 1930s and closed in the mid 90s.

Owner Carl DeFranco said the new club, located at 19th Street and Ferry Avenue, will eventually be a private, members-only social club, but the doors are being thrown open to the public until the membership roster is filled.

Meantime, the club's offerings are designed to show the place off, including special dinners with transportation to the Buffalo Philharmonic concerts, Saturday evening "Underground Supper Clubs," featuring a four-course meal paired with wines and craft beers, along with music to match the menu. There will also be Saturday night dinner dances.

"We've created a nightclub in the old tradition. You take three steps in the door and you're going to be amazed," said DeFranco, whose family has owned businesses in the 19th street area since the 1920s, including DeFranco Hardware, DeFranco Glass and DeFranco Real Estate.

The club's manager is Jonathon Boas, former co-owner with his wife, Cathy, of The Little Yellow Chocolate House in Lewiston. Boas has been corporate general manager and executive chef for the Houlihan's Restaurant franchise locations in Atlanta. He also has a master bartender certification.

"No one has seen anything like what we're offering," Boas said of the club, noting that the bar will have 16 rotating craft beers as well as a wide selection of fine wines.

The completely renovated club will also feature live music from Wednesday through Saturday, and an upscale menu created by head chef Kevin Robertson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of American who was also head chef at Wine on Third.

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