Hamburg's Masons Grille 52 offers more than just a bar
BY: Catherine Colmerauer | February 22, 2012
A popular Village of Hamburg restaurant has changed its name, but the menu items and quality of service that patrons have come to love will remain the same.
The former Murphy’s Main Street Station at 52 Main St. is now Mason’s Grille 52, causing many to question if the restaurant changed owners.
However, Damon Ayer, who co-owns the restaurant with his father, Dennis, has wanted to change the name since they took over the restaurant in 2004, but the timing never felt right to make the switch.
After the completion of a remodeling project that began over the summer, Ayer thought that a new look should coincide with a new name.
“Due to all the renovations that occurred, we figured it was as good a time as any to make the change,” Ayer said.
Updates to the restaurant, which were made possible in part through a New York State Main Street Grant, included a new sign in place of the old awning, new lighting and replacing every window in the building.
On the first floor, 6-foot sliding windows were added to the front of the restaurant.
“It has given us a ton more natural light and makes the place feel more open,” Ayer said.
His favorite aspect of the front windows is that they are removable.
“On a nice summer night, customers can enjoy the feel of open air dining,” he said.
Ayer hopes that the new name will help convey that his establishment offers more than just a bar.
“After all these years, people still drive by and think that we are just a bar,” he said. “Yet that is only a small part of what we do. We offer casual fine dining.
“Our menu is very diverse. We have everything from steak and seafood to a variety of sandwiches and pub fare,” Ayer said, adding that patrons should keep a lookout for Mason’s spring menu, which will be offered in the upcoming months.
As for the meaning behind the new name?
“It’s my 8-year-old son’s name,” Ayer explained. He added that even before his son was born, he always thought “Mason’s” would be a neat name for a restaurant.
“He’s really excited we named the restaurant after him,” Ayer said. “He was eagerly awaiting the sign to be delivered.”
Yet not everyone was as thrilled with the new name as Ayer’s son was. Mason’s younger sister Peyton has been asking her father when she will get a restaurant named after her.
“We are working on a compromise,” Ayer said, laughing.
“She wants to design a new children’s menu, so we think we are going to let her do that,” he said.
Mason’s Grille 52 is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight.
More information on Mason’s Grille 52 can be found by calling 649-7519 or by visiting the restaurant’s website at www.masonsgrille.com.