The Lafayette Tap room is one of Buffalo’s iconic places. How many of us have a special memory of hearing a group play there, or just hanging at the bar. The Lafayette Tap room was originally three spaces; a bar and restaurant, and a cocktail lounge connected by a foyer.The entire space was originally a billard room but was converted to a bar at the end of prohibition.
The long bar along the wall is still in place, and the foyer still has a large fireplace made of Travertine marble. The front room closest to the lobby was for a time a coffee shop. This space is now being totally redone by the folks of Pearl Street Brewery. walls have been removed which will open the space at the back and toward the lobby. A mezzanine is being installed which will provide great sitelines to the lower level.
In typical Pearl Street fashion, levels are being built through this space. Tese levels are roughly 6-12 inches high and will be seating areas. The Tap Room will now be known as The Pan American Grill and Brewery and will be one of the largest restarants in the hotel.
The lounge area is where the two paintings of Lafayette have been restored. For now, this is where the plaster pieces are remade. Molds and newly created pieces are everywhere, just waiting to rejoin the beautiful detail inside the Lafayette.