The Times Square Restaurant in Pawtucket, RI was renamed the Riverside Diner to fit the script of this film. As of 2010, it is still called the Riverside Diner, although the elaborate neon marquee that stood on the building several years after filming has been replaced by a simpler sign.
Michael Corrente was offered the job of directing after meeting producer Gregory Mosher at a screening of Corrente's "Federal Hill." He told Mosher, the director of the original stage production, "This won't mean anything to Mamet, bout could you tell him that 'Federal Hill' never would have happened if I hadn't seen 'Buffalo' onstage when I was a kid?" Mosher then suggested that Corrente direct the film adaptation.