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Aug. 29, 1959: Allentown’s hep cats explain espresso and art


Trying to bring a taste of 1950s Greenwich Village to 1950s Buffalo, Sam Fiorella started with espresso — which had to be explained over three paragraphs in this 55-year-old News article.

He began to add other coffees and teas and ultimately art at Coffee Encores. In doing so, he helped foster not just the literal tastes of Bohemian post-war New York City, but also provided a place for Buffalonians to be a living part of the beat generation. When the Albright Art Gallery was closed for renovations, the coffee house was the only gallery in Buffalo showing local artists.

Coffee Encores operated from 1951 to 1961. Fiorella died in 1999.

"Where art appreciation, criticism are brewing"

“Some old traditions and new versions of the arts have combined successfully to attract the taste of Buffalonians.

“Sam Fiorella and Dominic Trapani have furnished prominent local artists with the spotlight of public attention in an atmosphere reminiscent of Greenwich Village. Now in its fifth year, Coffee Encores, 343 Franklin St., serves both the avant-garde and the traditional in art. To make both palatable, exotic varieties of coffees and teas are brewed, while on a cold night steaming hot chocolate in mugs is available.”

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  • Mark Hackbarth

    They also used the phrase "yards after carry" several times. Just plain awful

  • Mark Hackbarth

    You have got to be kidding me. This was the worst announcing crew I have ever heard. Diehl called Bryan Bulaga "Baluga" multiple times and Micah Hyde was called "Makayah Hyde" a few times as well. There was zero chemistry between the two and there were several awkward moments of silence where neither one knew what to say. It was obvious very little prep work was done before going in to the broadcast booth.

  • Mark Hackbarth

    Finally, on the last fumble by Aaron Rodgers Diehl said "Mario Williams beat Bryan Bulaga on the play to force the fumble" when in fact JC Tretter replaced an injured Bulaga a few plays earlier. These announcers were not prepared and should never be let on camera again

    • alan pergament

      I don't normally respond. But you are dead wrong and should listen to the game again. Diehl clearly said Williams beat Tretter, who was in the game because Bulaga was injured. He said it very quickly after the play.

  • Greg

    This was not a clean broadcast. Diehl clearly didn't prepare enough for the game. Ok in was solid though.

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Steve Cichon is a fourth-generation Buffalonian; all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home. The historian and author of three books runs his own business telling the stories of Western New York, is an adjunct communications professor and previously spent 20 years working in Buffalo radio and television.

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