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City Hallways (July 7) Buffalo's food truck menu expanding

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At a recent Food Truck Thursday in Niagara Square

Food Nation

I  just went through last Tuesday's Council agenda and found about  a dozen items that involve food or drink.

Some of the requests for  such things as outdoor cafes and take-out eateries were new, so will go to a Council committee for discussion or, in one case a required public hearing, before coming back for a Council vote.

But several other requests got final  approval Tuesday, including a take-out restaurant and sidewalk cafe at 1678 Hertel, a restaurant at 2022 Genesee and two more food trucks - one called The Grove Juice Truck, and another called Sweet Melody's.

I just Googled the two trucks. The Grove is all about healthy eating and drinking - "needed nutrition to heal ourselves."

Sweet Melody's is all about homemade gelato and sorbet.

Security roll-out

I'm hearing the X-ray machines and body scanners could be starting up Friday in City Hall.

City Hallways previously mentioned the new rules ban visitors from bringing guns into City Hall.

But I should also mention that during a meeting I recently attended when the issue came up, police urged people carrying guns not to leave them in their cars when coming to City Hall.

Instead, they can be given to security upon entering the building. The guns (assuming of course they are legal, and the owner has a valid carry permit) will be returned to the owner upon leaving City Hall, police said.

Neighborhood  News

Also on Monday's Planning Board agenda:

  •  Proposed restaurant at the site of the Jerusalem Halal Market at 1146 Hertel Ave.
  •  Proposed takeout and retail business at 1096 Lovejoy St.
  •  Proposed outdoor café in front of and alongside a new restaurant at 451 Elmwood Ave. that replaced the now-closed Nektar.
  • Construction of a 26-space parking lot at 858 West Ave.

Today's Calendar  Events
Food Truck Thursday in Niagara Square

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, my colleague Jonathan Epstein has story on medical building planned for the West Side.

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