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Former site of Jimmy Mac's is reborn as Thirsty Buffalo

A veteran Elmwood Avenue bar/restaurant site came back to life Tuesday with a new name and new ownership.

The longtime home of Jimmy Mac's -- 555 Elmwood Ave. at Anderson Place -- is now Thirsty Buffalo. The new casual dining and drinking spot, open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., is an updated version of its predecessors, according to co-owner Chris Debernardis.

"It's kind of an extension of Jimmy Mac's with a more comfortable feel, bigger bar and lots of plasma screen TVs," Debernardis said.

Jimmy Mac's was an Elmwood Avenue fixture from the early 1980s until owner Rick Naylon closed it down in October 2004. It reopened as Jimmy Mac's with new management in May 2005, but the site has sat dark since September 2006.

Thirsty Buffalo diners will find a mix of burgers, wraps, salads, along with a daily lunch and dinner entree specials. At the bar, an extended "Happy Hour" will take place on weekdays from noon until 8 p.m.

The restaurant's back dining room has been converted to a private space for parties and events.

Greg Andreozzi, Debernardis' business partner in Average Joe's, a bar/eatery in Amherst, is also part of the Thirsty Buffalo venture, along with Patrick Noe, a Williamsville attorney.

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