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TWO NEW BUSINESSES OPENING IN CHIPPEWA STREET DISTRICT

The Chippewa Street entertainment district is getting some new fun this week with the debut of Guido Fienberg's Sports Bar*Deli*Pizza and the WitzEnd Comedy Club.

The new businesses, located at 115 and 117 W. Chippewa St., join Quote Nightclub and Flappy's at the northwest corner of Delaware Avenue and West Chippewa. All four are owned by Dan Cane and Bill Denz.

The two new clubs will open their doors at 5 p.m. Thursday. The joint grand opening celebration will include a complimentary buffet and drink specials.

Gordon Sipple, general manager of the businesses, said the entertainment group wanted to add "something new and different" to the popular Chippewa Strip.

"We didn't want to copy the other businesses down here. Chippewa doesn't need another party bar or another dance club. We wanted to bring in something completely different," Sipple said.

Guido Fienberg's is billed as the only true sports bar in downtown Buffalo, featuring a 70-foot, marble-topped mahogany bar, 13 large-format plasma screen televisions, and four projection screen televisions. The bar is themed around the legend of Guido Fienberg, a fictional character whose athletic resume includes: running track in the Olympics, being a professional football, basketball and hockey player, and kayaking the world's most treacherous rivers.

The bar/restaurant, with room for 120 patrons, also will offer several varieties of pizza and gourmet sandwiches.

Next door, WitzEnd, the city's only dedicated comedy club, will feature regional and national acts.

"Who doesn't love to laugh? We thought downtown really needed a place to get silly and see some great acts," Sipple said.

The new comedy club will seat 300.

The Guido's site was most recently home to the Chippewa Grille and Latenite House of Music. WitzEnd is located in space that had been the longtime home of Sherwin/Greenberg, a media production company.

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