November 24, 2022

Green light for redevelopment of Glenelg’s $ 1 million Buffalo restaurant after two-and-a-half-year wait


GLENELG’s once doomed Buffalo Restaurant will be given a new lease of life with a new outdoor bar and alfresco dining area, along with a gazebo, patio and dock that is finally approved to move forward.

THE once doomed Buffalo restaurant is set to find a new lease of life after a million-dollar project to revamp the Glenelg icon was given the green light.

The State Commission assessment committee on Thursday authorized owner Troy DeYoung to undertake a replica redesign of the ship – two and a half years after the plans were filed.

The Buffalo was almost lost in 2014 when it was scrapped, before Mr. DeYoung bought it from Richard Finlayson for just $ 1.

The last meals were served at the restaurant in December 2013.

The upgrade will involve a redevelopment of the restaurant’s interior and exterior, including an outdoor bar and alfresco dining area, as well as a gazebo, patio, and dock on the Patawalonga River.

Mr DeYoung did not respond to inquiries from the CoastCity Weekly.

Holdfast Bay Mayor Stephen Patterson said it was “fantastic” that Buffalo’s development could now move forward.

“The South Australians have shown a great long-standing affection for the Buffalo and we have all been anxious to see it renovated and renewed, so it is wonderful to know that the green flag has now been waved,” he said. declared.

Mr DeYoung’s request was submitted to the commission in January, but a decision was postponed due to concerns about the appearance of the development and its impact on traffic and parking.

The minutes of the meeting were released today.

There were also issues with the noise and the fact that it was on land owned by the Holdfast Bay council – Mr DeYoung leases his footprint to the council.

The original HMS Buffalo brought the first settlers to Glenelg in 1836, but was destroyed in a shipwreck four years later.

At yesterday’s meeting, the commission postponed a decision on another local application from real estate developer Andrew Taplin.

He is planning an eight-story apartment and retail building on the corner of Jetty Rd and Partridge St.