An international love story: Buffalo and Swiss Chalet

May 17, 2019

A 2013 photo of the quarter chicken, fresh cut fries and unique dipping sauce at Swiss Chalet Restaurant and Grill on Montrose Road in Niagara Falls, Ont.  (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
A photo of the quarter chicken, fresh cut fries and unique dipping sauce at Swiss Chalet Restaurant and Grill on Montrose Road in Niagara Falls, Ont.

After checking seismograph data, I have determined that the tremor Buffalo experienced Tuesday morning was not an earthquake.

Which confirms my suspicion that the earth moving was instead a collective shudder of delight, as Buffalonians learned that Swiss Chalet would soon be even closer.

When the announced Fort Erie, Ont., location opens this spring, their beloved rotisserie chicken, fries and sauce – oh, that sauce – will be just a mile away.

On the other side of a secure, well-patrolled international border, to be sure. At first, I could not understand why the line at the Buffalo Passport Agency on Genesee Street was not out the door.

Then I realized that the true Swiss Chalet fans have a broader vision. Going through the regular passport-holder lanes on the Peace Bridge could leave them tied up in traffic.

“Could be time to sign up for Nexus,” said Steve Cichon, communications director for Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and a Buffalo News contributor. A Nexus pass holder, registered and precleared, can cross the border in seconds.
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