• The Marcy Casino, The Terrace at Delaware Park, Olmsted Parks, Buffalo NY

About The Terrace

Partners and restaurateurs Jason Davidson and Mike Shatzel of Liberty Hound are proud to announce the opening of The Terrace at Olmsted’s Delaware Park. The vision and operational plan for The Terrace is to spotlight a high-quality accessible experience with an innovative menu to highlight decor paying homage to Olmsted Park.

The Terrace serves Contemporary Global Cuisine with a focus on shared plates. You may even see some features from Buffalo’s beloved Blue Monk on the nightly specials. Jason Wood, former mixologist and bar manager of Vera, developed the cocktail program complementing Shatzel’s draft system featuring 16 draft beers with a focus on American microbrews and European imports.

The interior woodwork for The Terrace was custom designed, and fabricated to pay homage to not only the casino’s history, but to that of Hoyt Lake and the surrounding neighborhood. New installation of heart pine hardwood flooring, mosaic tile, rich walnut wainscoting as well as exposed brick walls and ornate fireplace are all warm details reminiscent of the area’s heritage. An arch and beam system was installed in the nave of the Terrace to enliven the long and vast ceiling void. The bar area of the new restaurant was created to have a feeling of coziness juxtaposed with the openness of the dining room and the natural surroundings of Delaware Park and Hoyt Lake. The front of the bar implements features of the covered seating areas that would have lined Lincoln Parkway during the casino’s prominence a century ago.

The Terrace at Delaware Park is located on the upper level of the Marcy Casino across from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The casino is situated between Hoyt Lake and the historic Rose Garden. Plans for Delaware Park were designed by renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted in 1868. By 1874, Olmsted’s partner, Calver Vaux designed the original Boathouse where the Marcy Casino now sits. Due to popularity the boathouse was eventually enlarged, but sadly was destroyed by fire in 1899. The structure was rebuilt in time for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition that took place throughout Delaware Park.  The current building was designed by Buffalo architect E.B. Green and was known as The Delaware Park Casino serving as a gathering place for residents of the city.  Today it is the Marcy Casino, named in honor of the late Delaware District Councilman, William L. Marcy, Jr. who passed away in 1983.

THE TEAM

Nick Rada

Executive Chef

Nick Rada brings two decades of culinary experience to the table – including everything from classic European, Asian fusion, American contemporary & beyond.  Always feeling at home in the kitchen, Rada attended Pennsylvania Culinary Institute straight from high school and upon graduation went right to work in Las Vegas. From there his culinary dreams allowed him to travel the world, honing his skills in Australia, New York, Philadelphia, Indonesia and now back home to Buffalo. He’s been a personal chef to the likes of Michael Jackson and has cooked for four presidents and their families. His resume includes well-known institutions such as the Bellagio Hotel, The Ritz Carlton and the New York Botanical Garden. Chef Rada’s belief in quality ingredients and wealth of knowledge obtained through his travels has given him the ability to craft unique dishes that can tempt any palate.

“The food at The Terrace is what I call global cuisine; it focuses on fresh, vibrant food with bright flavors enhancing each dish. The majority of the menu items are meant to be shared so every guest experiences different food and have fun while dining with us. The best part of the food is that it’s simple while being exciting at the same time.” –Chef Rada. 

Anthony A. Vitello

Executive Chef Magnolia Events

My passion for cooking did not start at a young age. The restaurant business was in my blood my whole life, but food made it “BOIL.” After short stints in the front of the house as a busser and a waiter and then many years behind the bar and front of house management, I started to wander into the kitchen. Pizzerias, taverns, steak houses, French, Italian, American, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, I loved it all.

After working in many restaurants in WNY, I realized the heart and soul of a great restaurant is the Executive Chef. Food should be cooked with technique, attention, passion and love. It is a diversion from life. I eat exquisite foods and drink great wines, not for an occasion but as an occasion. Dinner jackets are long gone and casual fine dining has swept the world. Just great food no matter what you are wearing.

I draw my style of cooking from Old World, New World, Asian, Caribbean, New Orleans, but my heart is in Tuscany. My ancestry is Neapolitan and Sicilian but Tuscany has peasant greatness to it, and the best wines in the world. I will always know, and you should too, that the people don’t remember you for who you are, but for what you put on the plate in front of them…

Chi mangia bene, vive bene (He who eats well, lives well)

Kristina Schmitt

Event Coordinator Magnolia Events

Born and raised in South Buffalo, Kristina is a natural born party planner. She attended D’Youville College where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Working in catering sales from various establishments across WNY Kristina has been a part of over 1,000 wedding receptions. Kristina presents a passion for hospitality and executing events that clients will remember and keep coming back for!

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