Larkin Square is a vibrant public space that captures the rich history and dynamic future of this mixed-use community. Once known as The Hydraulics and home to The Larkin Soap Company, today’s Larkinville is a thriving district encompassing commercial office space, residential areas, restaurants, retail, and manufacturing facilities.

A New Beginning

Larkin Development Group has spearheaded the transformation of Larkinville, with Larkin Square standing as a testament to their efforts. Opened in June 2012 on the former site of the Larkin Soap Company warehouse buildings, Larkin Square is owned and operated by Larkin Development Group. The square is characterized by its colorful furniture and whimsical architecture, creating a lively atmosphere where community members gather for food, music, and fun. Visitors can relax in the inviting space or partake in activities such as pickleball.

Larkin Square comes to life with a variety of family-friendly events, including the popular Food Truck Tuesday, KeyBank Live at Larkin concerts, local markets, and the Larkin Square Author Series. These free events, presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health, attract locals and visitors alike, eager to experience the revitalized neighborhood and enjoy outdoor activities.

Adjacent to Larkin Square are the Larkin U Building and the Larkin at Exchange Building. These Class A commercial buildings house numerous businesses and offer public amenities such as a KeyBank branch, cafeteria, and Tim Hortons on their first floors.

Larkin Square stands out as one of the most unique and engaging spaces in Western New York, offering something for everyone, from historical charm to modern-day excitement.


Hydraulic Hearth

Strong-casual restaurant featuring brick oven pizzas, craft cocktails, and an in-house brewery operated by Community Beer Works.

Swan Street Diner

A restored circa 1937 Sterling Diner located in Buffalo, NY. Open daily for breakfast and lunch 7am-3pm.

Bratts Hill

Authentic fast-casual Jamaican lunch and upscale Jamaican fusion in a sit-down restaurant setting.


A unique modern day steakhouse located in Buffalo’s historic Larkin District at the Larkin Center of Commerce.

Kornerstone Cafe & Juice Bar

Larkinville’s new Café & Juice Bar dedicated to serving our artisan roasted coffee and all natural, clean food made from scratch with love.

Toasted by Buffalo Beauty Foodie

Gourmet toastery and cafe by Buffalo Beauty Foodie.

Flying Bison Brewing Co.

Flying Bison is an award-winning brewer with over 30 years experience.

Magic Bear Beer Cellar

Craft beer bottle shop & tasting bar focused on the elevation & education of beer.

Blue Table Chocolates

Buffalo’s newest high end chocolate shop, serving unique hand made creations online for gifts and catered events.

Paula’s Donuts

Paula’s Donuts is a family owned and operated business. Baked fresh daily on premises. Open at 7am daily!

D.A. Taste

Best Tacos In Town.


Food Truck Tuesdays

Dozens of food trucks from Buffalo, Rochester and beyond come together to celebrate a night of food, live music and fun in the square!

KeyBank Live at Larkin

Each week features a signature local band along with food and drinks. Featured food will include a curated selection of food trucks along with cans of beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase.

Fitness in the Parks

For the 2024 season, Fitness in the Parks will be in Larkin Square starting June 3rd. Enjoy Saturdays at 9:30 AM with ZUMBA® and Mondays at 5:30 PM with ZUMBA®. All are welcome, no reservations needed. 

Larkin Square Authors & Speakers

 A collaboration between Larkin Square and Talking Leaves Books. The Series features local and national authors of both fiction and non-fiction works.

Thing To Do

Pickle Ball

Larkin Square is home to two pickleball courts. Bring your own paddles and balls. Courts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Planting Society

The Plating Society offers private dining experiences, take-out, meal prep, cooking classes, pop-up dinners and catering. The Boutique is a unique space for all chef services. The space is also available for product shoots and filming.