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Restaurant notes: Local Restaurant Week, values at Mike A’s and Tappo, national restaurant awards

More than 70 Western New York restaurants already have signed up for Local Restaurant Week’s fall edition, which runs Oct. 21-27.

Now’s the time to get your reservations in for a chance to try $20.13 specials in new places, old favorites worth a revisit, and restaurants that have changed their tune recently.

Oliver’s reservation book fills up fast. The Lodge, which aims to reshape Buffalo diners’ views of Chippewa, is open for people who want to try Stag on a Stick and second floor Skee-Ball. Dick & Jenny’s New Orleans cuisine might get people to cross the bridge to Grand Island.

The complete list is at It will grow as the week approaches.


Chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski is offering value propositions at Mike A’s at the Lafayette and Tappo.

On Sundays at Tappo, Andrzejewski’s family Italian place, he’s offering dinner for $16 per person, as long as the whole table is happy with salad, cheesy bread, meatballs, rigatoni Bolognese and cannolis. (Select wine bottles are $10.)

At the Lafayette, it’s $12.95 lunches that include soup, beverage and mains like French dip sandwiches, Velveeta-topped cheeseburgers and chicken couscous salad.

If you’re thirsty, buy one of Tony Rials’ signature cocktails at regular price ($9-$10) and get the second at “post-Prohibition prices” – 33 cents.



• Providence Social, 490 Rhode Island St., opened Sept. 13 in the former Prime 490 space.

• The Lodge, 79 W. Chippewa St., opened Sept. 13 in the former McMonkeez and Bayou spaces.

• Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant St., opened Sept. 19 in a renovated former tavern last known as Christopher’s.

• Buffalo Iron Works, a drinks and music venue with poutine on the bar menu, started serving liquor Sept. 27. It’s at 49 Illinois St., on the arena side of the block that holds Lagerhaus 95.

Not open yet:

Despite a published report, Buffalo’s fried chicken fans will have to wait a while longer for Popeyes fried chicken. The Louisiana-styled chain expects to open its first Buffalo store, at 2106 Elmwood Ave., the first week of December, said construction manager David Wallace.

• Brioso by Butterwood, 5195 Main St., in Amherst’s Wyndham Garden Hotel, is close to opening with a “spirited Southwestern and South American” menu.

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