Ru's Pierogi Closing Restaurant

Focus shifts to production

Tom Puckett
October 14, 2019 - 1:25 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Ru's Pierogi will close its restaurant doors after nearly three years on Niagara Street in Buffalo. Management says October 18, 2019 will be its last day serving pierogi at the 295 Niagara Street location.

“It’s been a great ride, but all good things must come to an end,” said Zack Schneider, one of the founders. “With the retail aspect of the business really taking off, we’ve decided to concentrate on growing that segment.”

Schneider says eight employees at the restaurant will be affected, but he’s looking to reassign some to either the Ru’s production facility, or to some of Ru’s partner companies. The pierogi are made on site at its adjoining production facility, which will still be operating “full steam ahead,” said Schneider.

In 2017 Ru’s made its retail debut at select Wegmans locations before expanding to almost all of them in the WNY and Erie, Pa. markets, in both the EZ Meals and frozen sections. Tops Friendly Markets soon followed, as well as local independent retailers such as both locations of the Lexington Co-Op, Farmers & Artisans, Premier Gourmet and select 7-11 locations. Ru’s is also served at many local restaurants, such as Essex St Pub, Resurgence Brewing Co. and Pearl Street Grill. Buffalo Sabres and Bisons fans had also been able enjoy Ru’s as part of the concessions offerings at KeyBank Center and Coca Cola Field.

With Ru’s just inking a deal to provide its pierogi at the Main Street Delta Sonic location (with others to follow), Schneider said the timing seemed to be right.

“Obviously coming up with the different entrees and serving people was a lot of fun, but we’ve learned that customers want to prepare our pierogi at home, which is wonderful, because they’re taking our product and adapting it to their own tastes and traditions” he said. Restaurants appreciate Ru’s versatility as well: they can be served as appetizers with dipping sauces, or as part of a chef’s own creation. The self-contained nature of the pierogi also lent themselves well to convenience stores as an on-the-go snacking option.

Anyone who has a gift certificate to Ru’s Pierogi can either redeem it for dine-in/takeout at the restaurant, or use its face value to purchase bagged frozen pierogi at the restaurant for home preparation. Both options are valid until October 18.

As of now, the restaurant equipment will stay in place, but Schneider said Ru’s may look into franchising opportunities further down the road, which may also include the food truck.

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