1 Lafayette Square,
Buffalo, NY 14203
in the Downtown Public Library


8am monday - friday
Saturdays 10-4

Fables Cafe

the café

The Fables Café Mission

We want to ensure that we not only provide great tasting food but that we provide an outstanding overall experience bringing together the elements of facility, food, and service.

As proud supporters of hospice care, we have been collaborating with the “Dinner to Remember” event for twelve years to provide 100 dinners to in-patients and their families. We also strive to support the refugee centers by hiring and training from within the refugee community. Our goal is to continue these efforts and to always find more ways to support the communities that have supported us for so long.

We hope to partner with the downtown library to spread the knowledge of our unique cuisine through community events, TV appearances, and cooking classes. It is very important to us to learn the needs and wants of the customer base from the library staff so that we can integrate our presence in the library as a full-scale coffee shop that can service the entire downtown district.

We plan to offer delivery to our surrounding neighbors as well as well as pre-made sandwiches for those on the go, homemade juices and a variety of locally made products.While we have decided to keep the name Fable’s Café and the overall style the same, we will introduce many healthy Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food choices.

Finally, we regard the library business as our primary business and not secondary to any other operation. We have already recruited a dedicated staff of professionals who are ready and willing to take on these challenges.

Our Team

My name is Oded Rauvenpoor. I was born in 1970 in Israel to a family of immigrants from North Africa and Iran. My earliest memories of home life are filled with great food and wonderful smells.

Once I finished my three years of service in the Israel Defense Force, I moved to New York City to pursue my culinary dreams.

While attending the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan I met my lovely wife Anna, a native Buffalo girl, and after graduation we made our way back to Buffalo to start our family.

We are now a family of four with our daughters, Abby and Nava. They are both students in the Amherst school system while my wife Anna works as a librarian in the Cheektowaga school system.

We have owned and operated restaurants in Buffalo for the past thirteen years and are very happy to be a part of the renaissance in our community. We love Buffalo!

Leah Wiseman is a native to Buffalo and has had a passion for restaurants her whole life. Starting off as an ice cream scoop girl at Anderson's Frozen Custard, Leah has navigated her way through the restaurant scene in Buffalo.

She is currently part of the original staff hired to open Dinosaur BBQ and the Catering Manager of Private Knives Catering in Lancaster.

After spending (most) of her life in Buffalo and waiting like everyone else for our city to be reborn, Leah is has adopted live by the “support local” mentality and strives to give back to the community. Leah is thrilled to be joining the new Fables team as Manager and looks forward to what the future may hold.

Hope to see you soon!