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Tony's Ranch House crash came at a lucky time

Tony’s Ranch House is open for business after a Buick crashed into the restaurant Monday – an accident that could have been much worse.

The car wiped out three planters and ran over a boulder before impact, driving glass fragments into a corner booth inside the dining area, At the time of the accident, just before 2 p.m., the booth usually holds customers enjoying the afternoon sun, said Jerry Candiliotis, who owns the restaurant with his wife Christina.

On this afternoon, however, the restaurant, at 2285 Main St., was closed, due to an injury to Christina. The booth was empty.

Police said the driver, a 40-year-old man, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for medical treatment after the accident. No one else was injured.

The restaurant is structurally sound, and remains open, Jerry Candiliotis said. “I know the people who congregate there every day at that time. I’m going to go give them a hug.”

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