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New life for old lady

Steven E. Binks and Kristie Binks, who also operate the catering firm Tiddledybinks at the Niagara Club in Niagara Falls, have taken over the Clarkson House, a Lewiston landmark at 810 Center St. The charming structure is well over 100 years old.

The chef is Darrell Field, who recently spent some months working with Daniel Johengen of Daniels Restaurant in Hamburg.

"We're going for a high-end steakhouse with French hints," he said.

The decor in the restaurant will remain pretty much the same, though a lounge area offering tapas and small plates will be created. The Clarkson House is open now, but the grand opening is scheduled for Nov. 28. It will serve dinner only from Tuesday through Sunday, opening at 5:30 p.m.

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Not a gamble

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the month of November, the culinary staff at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls is presenting cooking demonstrations from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Visitors will receive tips and recipes.

The hotel has even built a temporary kitchen with everything the chefs need to prepare their food. Featured restaurants include the Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse; Koi; La Cascata; and Blues, the newest restaurant featuring what is described as a "down-home menu with Southern fare."

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New restaurant

The restaurant Daffodils at 930 Maple Road, Amherst, vacant since 2006, is getting new ownership and a new name. It will be called Verbena, and the stoves will be manned by Scott Donhauser, late of Stillwater, who also cooked at Daffodils for seven years before it closed.

The menu will feature foods from the Mediterranean area, with appetizers such as French Onion soup baked inside a whole onion. Daffodils' famous rack of lamb will appear as a Saturday night special.

Extensive renovations are under way; the new restaurant is expected to open early next year.

If you have news of the local restaurant world, write to Restaurants, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY 14240, or e-mail jokun@buffnews.com.

-- Janice Okun

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