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Pizza Plant is working on a deal to open a 120-seat restaurant in the One Canalside building.

“Canalside is the place right now,” said Pizza Plant owner Bob Syracuse. “All the events going on now, and HarborCenter coming in, have changed things down there.”

Syracuse warned that it’s not a done deal. Negotiations with Benderson Development continue, and financing and regulatory steps remain. If all goes well it could be open in early 2015, he estimated.

What is certain is that the Pizza Plant interest is a sign that waterfront Buffalo has become attractive to even conservative operators. Pizza Plant has been selling pizza in various forms, including its signature pods, since 1980. Led by Syracuse and his brother Dan, Pizza Plant was a forerunner in bringing craft beer selections to Western New Yorkers, not to mention gluten free vegan pizza.

It has stores on Transit Road and in Williamsville’s Walker Center. If the 4,000-square-foot space does become a Pizza Plant, it would be the company’s first outlet anywhere in Buffalo. The One Canalside building is already home to a Marriott Courtside hotel and the Phillips Lytle law firm.

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