111 Genesee Street, Buffalo New York 14203 (716) 262-0374 thegatewaycitydeli@gmail.com THE GATEWAY CITY DELI IS OPEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 7:30 AM-3:00 PM - (BREAKFAST: 7:30 AM-10:30 AM) & (LUNCH: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM)

About Us


The Genesee Gateway Historic District is one of the most recognizable commercial areas in Buffalo, New York. This unique row of commercial buildings has long been an iconic and identifiable location in the City. The original buildings were built in the 1840’s to 1930’s to include the Seeberg Building which is among the oldest architecture in Buffalo and most exceptionally unique in shape as well.

THE GATEWAY CITY DELI will celebrate and recognize the historical nature of the building and the City of Buffalo once called “The Gateway City to the West”. Being located at the western terminus of the Erie Canal, the city of Buffalo is both a testament to and beneficiary of the canal’s power which directly influenced our growth and prosperity, making our city an icon of culture, architecture and the arts. What is now the “The Gateway City Deli” was once the Seeberg Building which is the oldest part of Genesee Gateway complex, and one of the oldest buildings in Buffalo.

Our Mission is to “Nurture our guests with warm hospitality and fresh food, and contribute to the future of the city while honoring its rich history one sandwich at a time.”


Jim Carlo is a veteran chef and brings operational expertise having worked in the hospitality and culinary industry the majority of his career.  He has worked as far away as California and Florida but his heart was always in Buffalo. Jim obtained his Master’s in Education and over the last several years has taught culinary arts and hospitality management at Erie Community College, Trocaire College’s Russel J. Salvatore School for Hospitality and at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Jim is also certified in ServSafe (safe food handling) and is a qualified instructor for hotels and restaurants that want their employees trained in this area and the area of work-place safety and loss prevention.

Sandra – known to many people as “Sam” has a Master’s in Business Administration and has spent the majority of her career as an Executive/Chief Operating Officer in healthcare administration. Her areas of expertise include operations, finance, human resources and customer satisfaction.

As owners, Jim and Sam plan to be present on site and actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business to ensure its success, and customer satisfaction.  Both Jim and Sam live in the Waterfront Village community are excited to be part of the resurgence of Downtown Buffalo.


Our sandwiches, soups and salads are all named after historic buildings in Buffalo (i.e. Larkin, Ellicott Square, Electric Tower, etc.).

The Gateway City Deli focuses on freshness and value through high quality ingredients and nutritionally healthy portions at a competitive price. We serve homemade sandwiches, soups and salads, and we are looking forward to accommodating our guests who are largely professional business people with limited time for lunch.  We will provide fresh food, minimal wait-times, phone-in orders and delivery for catering.

We would love to hear your comments and feedback – please complete the Contact Form on our Contact Page and we will respond as soon as possible.

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