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Duff's picks empty site at Eastern Hills

Duff's Famous Wings plans to open a location this summer in Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence.

The new 5,000-square-foot location will fill vacant restaurant space near, along Transit Road. The owners expect to open in mid to late July.

"The mall's been doing a lot of things with local businesses, and Duff's is a local business, so it's a good fit," said Greg Duell, a partner in the location along with his wife, Kaitlyn, and Kirk Feather.

Feather said the high volume of traffic is part of the location's appeal.

"I've been looking out this way for years, because I've lived out this way," said Feather, who also owns a Duff's in Depew.

Feather's brother, Jeff, and Ron Duff own the Duff's in Amherst. The Duff's in Orchard Park has other owners.
The partners in the Clarence location are seeking a permit for outdoor dining. The Town Board on Wednesday scheduled a public hearing for June 13.

Duff's will move into space that has been filled at different times by Ruby Tuesday, Vinny's Sports Grill and the Brick Oven Bistro.

Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. told the partners that Duff's is a welcome addition.

"You'll do well in that spot," he said. "We haven't been able to keep anybody [in that space] but hopefully, 20 years from now, you'll still be there selling your Duff's wings."

In other business:

*The board approved a special event permit for a July 21 event called "Buffalo Night in America," a Buffalo-themed food and music festival in the Eastern Hills Mall parking lot. Paul DiLella of Adam Bomb Productions, who handled the permit request for presenter WBBZ-TV, estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people will attend.

*The board approved a zoning change and a special exception use permit, with conditions, for an office park planned by Joe Voelkl for 6041 Transit Road, north of Clarence Center Road and behind a Buffalo Pharmacy location. The rezoning of the property was consistent with an amendment the Town Board made to the master plan in 2008.

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