GRAB A BITE — Business partners Mark Mohr and Rob Ray stand at the door of Rayzor’s Dawg House, welcoming customers to Springville’s newest restaurant. Photos by Jessie Owen and Drew Payne.
SPRINGVILLE — After months of planning and a complete face-lift, the structure located next to Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza on South Cascade Drive has officially opened as Rayzor’s Dawg House.
“I couldn’t believe how many people in Springville were so ready to eat hot dogs at 10 a.m.,” former Buffalo Sabres right-winger Rob Ray joked, as he checked out the long line of people waiting to order on June 30, the day after Rayzor’s Dawg House opened its doors in Springville.
WE’RE HERE TO SERVE YOU — The open sign officially goes up, welcoming customers to Rayzor’s Dawg House.
Ray and his business partner, Mark Mohr, said they were encouraged by the number of customers who turned out, en masse, to support Springville’s newest restaurant.
The two announced, last August, that they had purchased the former Country Deli and were planning to open an old-fashioned hot dog stand.
“I came from a town of 1,500 people,” Ray said, when explaining why he and Mohr chose Springville, for this business venture. “In places like this, you know everybody. I like small towns.”
After months of planning and construction work, the duo, joined by many helping hands, transformed the former gas station and convenience store into a rustic hot dog and hamburger joint, complete with ice cream station.
The name is a nod to Ray’s lengthy NHL career. The current Buffalo Sabres color commentator was nicknamed “Rayzor” and has written a book titled “Rayzor’s Edge,” continuing with the moniker theme.
The business is located on a 200-by-200-foot lot across from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Springville.
The existing structure was completely remodeled and now includes a timber frame pavilion with a gable roof, on a concrete pad behind the building. Octagonal picnic tables welcome customers to enjoy the warm, summer weather, as they eat their food.
The outdoor addition was completed by Gary Mathe and his son, Chad Mathe, of Mathe Woodworking of Ellicottville. The duo provided timber from Belfast, N.Y., for the project. According to Mathe, approximately 5,000 board feet went into erecting the 24-by-32-foot pavilion, which overlooks Zoar Valley Road.
The new building now sports an extended kitchen, built 14 feet out, on the south end of the property.
Mohr’s business, Builtwright, was utilized, for the construction work. “We did this all ourselves,” he said, gesturing to the building. “We’re really glad it’s done and ready to open.”
Additions also included a “penalty box” dining area. Boards and a penalty box door from the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium invite customers to walk in and admire photos from Ray’s Sabres days, gracing the walls.
“Those are the actual penalty doors from the Aud,” Mohr said. “I tell people, ‘Mr. Ray walked through these doors, many times, during his 13-year NHL career.’”
The penalty box dining area will be completed with glass from Nova Glass.
SMILING ENDORSEMENTS — Justin Buczek, Sage Novoa, Jason Buczek and Dustin Novoa enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers on opening day at Rayzor’s Dawg House.
Rustic wood tables and chairs, created by a local Amish company, grace the main, indoor dining area.
HEATING UP THE SOUTHERN TIER — Hot dogs, hamburgers and other goodies are cooked over charcoal grills, while customers wait.
The restaurant sports what Ray called an “uncomplicated menu,” complete with regular and foot-long hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, straight and curly fries and more.
The front portion of the new kitchen includes an ice cream station, with cold treats provided by M. Hibbard Ice Cream.
Michael Hibbard, the great-grandson of the ice cream company’s founder, lives in Western New York and said that all of his ingredients are sourced from New York dairy farms.
WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM — Customers may order ice cream inside or take advantage of a walk-up window at the front of the restaurant.
Customers can order their ice cream inside, when they order their dogs or burgers, or they can utilize a separate, walk-up window outside the building.
The business officially opened for business on June 29. A total of 22 local individuals were hired to staff Rayzor’s Dawg House and Mohr said he was glad to be able to provide local jobs, in the community.
The restaurant is located at 405 South Cascade Drive in Springville. Rayzor’s is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., every day. For more information, call 592-2341 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Rayzors-Dawg-House/385007221610172.