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Inside the 18-by-19-foot space, every inch is maximized. The paint job is in reds and greens, artwork hangs on the walls and a small counter with a cluster of stools waits for patrons. He said he’s building a clientele of regulars, and hopes for more once more temperate weather arrives. A small seating area is also planned for outside.
The menu includes the WNY-favorite Sahlens hot dogs and beef on weck, sandwiches, tacos, a Greek plate featuring grape leaves and hummus, salads, desserts and snack foods such as nachos and hot pretzels — but also surprises such as the melon-and-prosciutto appetizer, shrimp cocktail, Shack shrimp (with curry and pineapple) and smoked salmon. Each day, there are also specials that are posted on the business’ Facebook page.
“The smoked salmon is a big hit,” Tartick said. “You do have some fine dining options in such a little place.”
Deedee Lippes, who was Tartick’s boss for years at Rue Franklin, has ordered from his newest venture and said that he’s offering “a decent product at a very fair price.”
“He’s very hard-working and he has a very lovely, lovely, lovely personality,” she said, “so those two factors alone should guarantee him success.”
After a 12-day vacation closure in mid-April (reopening April 24), Tartick plans a grand-opening event for the business.
And sometime down the road, he’d like to open more incarnations of the Shack with the same diminutive profile and food philosophy.
“I’ve done a lot of different things, but they’ve all been in the restaurant business,” he said. “I think this is something that’s needed.”