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Restaurant Notes: Ru’s launches three-pronged initiative to pierogify Buffalo

The first Polish pasta pillows from Ru’s Pierogi to hit the streets will arrive around Sept. 7, by food truck.

But the Ru’s Pierogi truck is just the beginning of a three-pronged plan to pierogify Buffalo. By October, partners Andy Ruszczyk and Zachary Schneider plan to open Ru’s Pierogi restaurant, specializing in creative pierogi and craft beer, at 295 Niagara St.

That address also holds the Ru’s Pierogi production plant, which began making test batches three weeks ago. Pierogi will be available through the truck, at the pierogi-and-pints restaurant, and wholesale to restaurants and consumers who can pick up bags at the plant.

“The build-out is close to done,” Schneider said. “We’re in a massive hiring blitz, and getting people trained.”

Classic styles like sauerkraut and farmers cheese will be available, but Ruszczyk has some tradition-bending flavors coming, including banana-pepper-and-cheese, barbecued pork, and chicken wing. He’s also planning seasonal specials like pumpkin, red-pepper-and-crab, and Reuben.

The restaurant, expected to be open for lunch and dinner, will be counter-service, with customers proceeding along a Chipotle-like line, Schneider said.

The other side of the room will be the bar, where craft beer and wine will be available. Twelve taps will include a strong local showing, Schneider said.

Pierogi plates, with a wide variety of toppings and accompaniments, are tentatively priced at $11 for five at the restaurant; truck servings, $6.50 for three.

The restaurant should be open by October, he said. The site of the truck debut has not yet been set, Schneider said. Look for an announcement in coming weeks.

Pegulas plan healthy menu: Jessie and Kelly Pegula are planning to open a quick-service HarborCenter restaurant specializing in healthy food and drink.

The daughters of Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula will lead the creation of the restaurant, called the Healthy Scratch. It’s expected to open this fall, according to a news release.

The restaurant will be in the Shops at HarborCenter, at Main and Perry streets, the side of the building facing Canalside.

The Pegula sisters “believe that a healthy diet has an overwhelming impact on your quality of life,” Jessie Pegula said. “We want to share our passion with our customers and help everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

The restaurant will offer yogurt, smoothies, acai bowls, cold-pressed juices, salads, wraps, overnight oatmeal and other healthy grab-and-go food options made with organic ingredients, the release said. Branded merchandise, water bottles and natural beauty products also will be sold.

Jessie Pegula, a professional tennis player, will lead the menu creation, calling on her “passion for health and wellness through organic food and beverages, developed during six years as a professional athlete.” Kelly, a business marketing student, will lead the design and sale of apparel and other merchandise, the release said.

Pasion goes full Cuban: Elmwood Avenue’s Pasion restaurant has rebooted its menu, doubling down on Cuban cuisine, courtesy of its new chef, Havana native Adrian Muñoz, who came to the United States four months ago.

“All the recipes he has are authentic,” said owner Yeslin Greason, who selected Muñoz after a chef hunt that started on Miami Craigslist. “Recipes that have been there forever, he is bringing them to us.”

Launched Aug. 12 at the restaurant, 153 Elmwood Ave., the new menu sheds almost all of the pan-Latino grab-bag of its previous incarnation.

Now it includes appetizers like meatloaf stuffed with green olives ($8), and chilled seafood terrine with cilantro cream ($12). Entrees include chilindron de cordero borrachito, lamb shank braised in beer and sugarcane ($18) and calamari stuffed with crabmeat, cheese and spices ($19).

Biggest Anchor Bar yet: The largest Anchor Bar restaurant yet opened in Amherst on Aug. 11.

It’s a soft opening, like a shakedown cruise for a new ship, but the fryers are working. Lunch starts at 11 a.m., and the phone number is 833-9464.

The building at 4300 Maple Road, formerly Honey’s, has become a 250-seat franchise of the original Anchor Bar. It’s 2 miles from the nearest I-290 highway exit, and 8 miles from the original Anchor Bar, at 1047 Main St., where Teressa and Frank Bellissimo popularized what became known as the Buffalo wing.

The Amherst restaurant’s official grand opening will be Aug. 30.

It’s the fourth Anchor Bar franchise in the area, joining Transit Road, Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and Darien Lake. There are also Anchor Bar outlets in Hamilton and Burlington, Ont.

The operators, Minh Tran, Tom Tran and Jim Kaczmarek, run 99 Fast Food, the popular Vietnamese restaurant at 3396 Bailey Ave.

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