Warm and welcoming. Those words replay in my mind when I think of Joey’s Place. From the moment you pull into the parking lot, you are met with a historic building that has seen decades of Buffalo life. The inside feels like you have time-traveled to the early 40s: from the bar, to the food, to even the interior design. The workers also greet you with a smile, which allows you to feel right at home. The 40’s were exactly what the owner had in mind when building the restaurant. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Joseph Dallos Jr., and was able to learn more about the restaurant and his life.
Mr. Dallos is a hard-working and dedicated person. Ever since he could remember, he was drawn to the hustle and bustle of restaurant life. Through his strong work ethic, he was able to move up from washing dishes at 14 to being able to buy his first restaurant at 25, which was Fortunato’s. After selling Fortunato’s in 2006, he continued working more in the restaurant business. He opened up Joey’s Place, which was originally located at 1122 Hertel Ave., but amazingly outgrew the original building due to its much appreciated success.
Mr. Dallos is a self-taught chef, which can be easily seen just by eating his food. The amount of passion and love that goes into every single meal is phenomenal. "What motivates me is the satisfaction of my customers... I treat them like family." His customers are Joey’s Place's #1 priority. He is willing to go above and beyond just to make sure everyone is taken care of. Everything on the menu was carefully selected by the customers to show that Mr. Dallos caterers to your needs. Joey’s Place is the perfect restaurant if you are looking for a nostalgic meal. Along with having the comfort of knowing you will be treated to great food, you will be able to relax and feel at home all while still being in a restaurant.