With a ground breaking in 1963 and opening of the doors in spring of 1965, the Holiday Showcase story began.
Conceived and built by my great uncle Alvin Wright, famous for creating the Aero Drive-In theatre and the Holiday 1& 2 indoor complex, along with my grandfather Fabian Valentine, the restaurant was built for the “huge” sum of $400,000!
Unique in its round design, courtesy of Buffalo architect Allan McTaggart, its post & beam interior reflected the western Colorado influences of that early 60s era. That interior, with many modern upgrades, remains in that original form today.
For the first two years of operation, Holiday Showcase had curbside carhop service, à la “American Grafitti”, but alas, it became a victim of our famous Buffalo weather!
The restaurant operated in its original form until the famous Cheektowaga tornado of July 1987. One of only two businesses affected by the storm, the Showcase was heavily damaged and forced to close for 13 long months while we underwent a total redesign overseen by the Musschaio Architectural group of Amherst, NY and reconstruction by local contractors Peterson & Even.
While sporting a radical new exterior and main entrance lobby, the interior stayed true to its original design!
The Showcase reopened in September 1988 to welcome back our loyal customers from all over Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. Additional renovations occurred in 1995 and January of 2008.
Today, after 44 great years, we remain committed to bringing you the best in family dining by serving breakfast, lunch and dinner any time of the day, and giving you the best value for your hard earned dollar anywhere in our local community.
Please come and join us today!
Co-Owner & Managing Partner