Five Ways to Be Donald Trump for a Day in Buffalo, NY


Donald Trump, scheduled to visit Buffalo, NY on April 17 just prior to the New York State primary, is currently one of the front-runners for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, but let's face it, we were interested in "the Donald" before he decided to get into politics. We may not be able to – or want to – live his lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, but if you could live that way for just one day in Buffalo, what would you do? Here are a few ideas.

1. Try food from a food truck – then offer to buy it

Food trucks are one of the hottest businesses in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and Trump knows a good business opportunity when he sees one. One of the best-known trucks in the area is Lloyd Taco Truck, which recently expanded its fleet of trucks to include a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Hertel Ave. Imagine going up to a bright green Lloyd truck, enjoying the taco, then offering to buy the company – now that sounds very Trump-like.

2. Buy a sports team

Oh, wait, he tried that – it didn't work. Instead, go check out what the winners of the Buffalo Bills bid, Terry and Kim Pegula, have built in downtown Buffalo – HarborCenter, featuring a hotel, two NHL-sized ice rinks, a hockey academy, a full-service restaurant, a sports training facility, a unique-to-Buffalo Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop, retail units and a 750-car parking structure.

3. Sit in on a Town Board or City Hall meeting

Whether you head straight to downtown Buffalo or opt for one of its suburbs, you'll learn a lot about government function – and dysfunction – while sitting in on a meeting. Opt for the City of Buffalo and you have the opportunity to visit City Hall, which is renowned for its Art Deco design, and view the Council Chamber, featuring a beautiful stained glass sunburst for a ceiling.

4. Hang out with Carl Paladino

As a politician and a businessman, Carl Paladino is much like Trump – you either love him or hate him, there is no in between. Paladino, who made an unsuccessful run for governor of New York against Andrew Cuomo in 2010, is a member of the Buffalo Board of Education, a lawyer, a U.S. Army veteran, and the CEO of Ellicott Development Company, which manages more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial space in Buffalo. It's no surprise based on his background that Paladino is a firm Trump supporter.

5. Live it up at Salvatore's or the Garden Place Hotel

Russell Salvatore is well known for his philanthropy in the Buffalo-Niagara region, but he's also well known for his business sense and creativity, be it Salvatore's Italian Gardens restaurant, the Garden Place Hotel or the currently-under-construction hotel The Delevan. Anyone looking for a "Trump-worthy" meal or place to stay would be happy after visiting one of Russell Salvatore's properties.

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Paula Thompson is a freelance writer and photographer from and lifelong resident of Williamsville, NY, a northern suburb of Buffalo.