Welcome to Fandemoneum – The Buffalo Sports Museum Restaurant to be located on the Buffalo Waterfront in January 2014

Based on the record-breaking success of the Bills 50th Anniversary at the BECHS and the Sabres 40th Anniversary celebrations, the demand is clear – Western New Yorkers and Southern Ontarians want their sports. The memorabilia connects them with the moments, memories and each other!

The “Museum Challenge”

As educational and valuable as museums are to the community, they typically, like most culturals (galleries, theaters and others) fail to achieve and sustain enough revenue from admissions and retails sales to become independent from NYS and other agency funding. If culturals could entertain as well as educate they would be more effective.

The “Buffalo Bar” Challenge

As fun and friendly as bars go in WNY, frankly there are statistically enough of them already. Even well-known establishments that have been here for generations struggle to sustain business as tastes and wants change. The risks of opening a new, additional waterfront entity can be preventive until popularity of the venue grows. The conventional bar is too risky. Development waits.




The Fandemoneum Opportunity

By combining the educational and entertainment value of WNY Sports History and Heritage and memorabilia with all the fun and excitement of a good bar with simple, quality food and drink, reminiscent of the Buffalo Corner Taverns of the early and mid 20th Century (throw- back) era, you boost interest, participation and revenue.

If Canalside could move a corner tavern like Scharfs or Schwabls or a Polish tavern adjacent to the Broadway market down to the waterfront, they would. Fandemoneum takes a dormant bar and all it’s incredible nuances of a by-gone era and gives them new life, combining them with the sights and sounds of the Rockpile, the Aud and other moments!

The Fandemoneum Solution

Fandemoneum re-creates a Buffalo street corner, with an Aud on one corner, a Rockpile on another, a corner tavern and a tailgate party. Fandemoneum presents thousands of artifacts that come right from the cellars and attics of Bills, Sabres, Bisons and Braves fans. It’s somewhere between 1950 and 1970 when the average visitor was just a kid. It moves the Dad or Grandfather to tell tales of what it was like back in the good old days.

Fandemoneum connects the visitor, regardless of race, religion, sex, fitness level or sport-loved to connect with the moments and memories. Fandemoneum also connects the visitor with each other, inspiring people to open up to each other in a shared experience, like the Comeback Game, Wide Right or No Goal.

Fandemoneum achieves what no museum can, by providing the experience you want to have instead of what some Executive Director wanted you to have. You decide, if at all, to indulge in the memorabilia or not. Fandemoneum compliments Canalside, First Niagara Arena and other events like concerts, games and festivals. Fandemoneum helps connect the waterfront to downtown and Main Street, but it doesn’t ask the waterfront visitor to travel far to enjoy it.

Finally, Fandemoneum changes as time goes by. There is so much memorabilia in WNY and Southern Ontario to enjoy that it’ s almost 1,000 square feet of displayed material will rotate from one them to another, from one sport or one person or team to another as months go by, so it’s never quite the same experience as you return over and over. It never gets tired.

The highlight of Fandemoneum includes a real corner tavern, re-constructed from an older, abandoned classic as well as an actual 1970s Chevrolet with complete tailgating accessories and details with two fan caricatures. With creative use of audio and video combined with moving music, Fandemoneum takes you back to those times we all remember and sends shivers up your spine in the process. There are over ten thousand hours of vintage, classic audio and broadcasting footage to choose from.

Secrets to Success

Keep It Simple – menu, technology, system Leadership – 28 Years Operational Excellence Strategy – Measurable Objectives Fan-Focus – It’s About Them (YOU!) Workforce Focus – Happy & Productive Measures & Performance – to improve with time ROI – because that’s why we’re in business Results & Alignment with Benderson, Buffalo, Erie County, NYS & ESD Goals,

Join Team Fandemoneum – email Mike at michaellovesbuffalo@gmail or call Mike at 716 517 7957!


About michaellovesbuffalo

Michael R Weekes Biography Known as the Couch-Potato-Turned-Marathoner, Mike is the self-published author of EVERYTHING IS A PROCESS specializing in leading organizations toward excellence. Using his experience with six sigma, lean, business process analysis, improvement and other tools, he has led healthcare, bioscience, telecom, automotive, utility and military contractor organizations along the quality improvement journey. Michael specializes in Healthcare and other WNY business domains. He recently helped Blue Cross Blue Shield / Healthnow improve their Rate Letter business process to eliminate overtime, non-value-added costs and elimination of waste in the process. This represented millions of dollars in annual savings of operating expenses, happier employees and delighted subscribers. He is co-founder of Fandemoneum, a sports museum experience to be located in Buffalo. This interactive destination will feature all of the moments, memories, teams and especially fans who make Buffalo and WNY one of the nation’s most exciting places to live. Fandemoneum will help tell the story of Buffalo culture and heritage through sports in a fun and entertaining way. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mike parlayed his Industrial Engineering and Statistics education into a position as manufacturing engineer. Beginning his career with Raytheon, he developed smart munitions manufacturing processes and introducing new technologies including surface mount high density electronics. With exposure to Lean Principles and Value Stream Mapping, he strengthened his abilities, identifying and attacking waste and non-value-added work and its causes. Mike applied what he learned to help reduce manufacturing cycle times from weeks to days, introducing better work instructions and job aids, improving quality, on-time delivery and employee involvement. His education includes a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from SUNY @ Buffalo, an MBA from Rockford College and Motorola’s Six Sigma Black Belt Program, applying the DMAIC strategy to make cellular telephones better, cheaper, faster. He managed the technology roadmap and ran experiments to prove the reliability of new designs, processes and components to keep John Deere ahead of the competition. Mr. Weekes understands the business process analysis and enterprise architecture arena. He plays the role of analyst or facilitator, helping teams within an organization first acquire the knowledge and know-how, and then guides them in applying the tools. Mike is a contributor to the Value Chain Group and helped develop a working methodology for General Motors, AMD and Proctor & Gamble. Whether its strategic planning, new technology introduction, cost reduction or quality/business process improvement, Mike has the experience and knowledge to take your team on the journey. Michael R Weekes can be contacted at yellowstone_mike@yahoo.com or by calling (941) 356 9434. His company website is www.whataboutquality.com. TO JOIN TEAM FANDEMONEUM, VISIT FANDEMONEUM.COM OR EMAIL US.

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