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Mike Shatzel’s heavy metal burger bar delivers proficient high-end burgers and backs it up with first-class draft beer and whiskey. It’s not just decor – manager and bassist Johny Chow has helped ABV become a place rockers relax after their last encore. ABV has other Allen fixtures wondering how to compete with an eatery that really rocks.

ABV: Music, Whiskey, Burgers, Beer

Buffalo’s ever-resurging bar/restaurant scene welcomed its newest addition last week, when ALLEN BURGER VENTURE officially opened its doors.

Inspired by hipster havens in New York, Chicago, and Montreal, owner Mike Shatzel’s latest venture is the realization of an idea that had been brewing long before he opened BLUE MONK or LIBERTY HOUND.

Allen Burger Venture Three Weeks Away

ALLEN BURGER VENTURE, Mike Shatzel’s heavy-metal burger joint at 175 Allen St., aims to open in three weeks.

“The front of the house is pretty much done,” said Shatzel, a partner in Blue Monk and Coles. He’d like to open ABV around Feb. 23, but there are inspections remaining, he said.