Universal International Building / Dino BBQ


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Photos by Buffalo Rising, Mark Paradowski, Dinosaur Barbeque


301 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.30-6-2.1
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Mark Croce, dba BUFFALO DEVELOPMENT CORP per propertyviewer
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Croce's preservation related properties: Statler Hotel, CW Miller Livery Stable, Curtiss Building, The Continental, Universal International / Dino BBQ, and Saturn Rings Building

Physical Description

One story, 7,100 sq. ft. brick building

Current Condition

Renovated, with additions made to the sides and rear. Original facade has been retained, although it is still missing a bit of marble as of the restaurant's Feb '14 opening


The building was originally a movie film vault. When the facade was removed, a "Universal Inter(national)" sign was revealed. Later tenants included ADT security.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • October 2013 - Dinosaur Barbecue reports they will retain the Universal International signage.
  • Sept 2013 - Scheduled open date is moved to Jan 2014.
  • Feb 2013 - Utility service to the building has been upgraded. Renovation work scheduled to start in spring. Dino BBQ is scheduled to open in October.
  • February 12, 2014 - Dino BBQ opens

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Added 2013-02-27 • Last changed 2014-03-18