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Restaurant Notes: Italian-centered Bellini’s Bistro opens near Kleinhans

Bellini’s Bistro has opened in a longtime restaurant space a few steps away from Kleinhans Music Hall.

The building at 350 Pennsylvania St., across the street from the hall’s backside, was formerly Prospero and Coda. Owners Susan and Mike Navarro opened not quite two weeks ago, offering a compact, Italian-centered menu, and a selection of wine and beer.

Appetizers include spinach and herb-crusted scallops Rockefeller, with a Gruyere potato cake ($13), and meatballs in spicy arrabiata sauce with banana pepper cheese crostini ($12). Entrees include chicken saltimbocca with asiago cheese, prosciutto and beurre blanc ($18) and duck breast au poivre, with saffron risotto ($24).

The Navarros are not newcomers, having operated a version of Bellini’s on Delaware Avenue, in the building that’s now Snooty Fox. The Navarros sold that building in 2006, Susan Navarro said.

Mike Navarro did catering for years, but “he’s always wanted his own place,” At present, the 35-seat restaurant is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Phone: 342-2388.

Peter K’s sold: Peter K’s, the Polish-centric family restaurant in Cheektowaga, has been sold. But its fans will have some time to stop back for another stuffed potato pancake.

For now, the menu won’t change, even though the signs on the restaurant will, said new owner Eileen Doino. The building at 2709 Harlem Road will be relabeled “Doino’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill,” while the stuffed potato pancakes and pierogi stay on the menu, she said.

Doino took over from founder Peter Koschuk last week. Doino’s plan is to switch to a pizza-anchored tavern menu early in 2017.

At that point she’ll decide how much of the old menu to keep, she said. Fish fries are definitely staying, Doino said.

Doino was an owner of Pentacle, a restaurant on Transit Road in Depew that closed in 1996. In the meantime, she operated Bartender’s Professional Training Institute.

The kitchen is being expanded into the dining room to accommodate equipment. Once work is complete, the restaurant will start offering the pizza in its new name, Doino said. “We’ve got the architect working on the plans, but it looks like it’ll be spring.”

New breakfast downtown: Jazmin Brown opened Jaz & Jack’s on Broadway at the end of August.

The restaurant is a breakfast and lunch place featuring Southern flavors, open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The space, at 36 Broadway St., was last Perk’s Cafe. “We get the breakfast and lunch crowd, and we do hold birthday parties and private events for people,” she said.

Brown said that she has cooked at a neighborhood tavern before, but this is her first restaurant of her own.

Breakfast offerings include a Belgian waffle and a Monte Cristo sandwich of bacon, eggs and Swiss cheese on French toast (both $7). For lunch or later, the buttermilk fried chicken dinner ($15 with two sides) has been popular, Brown said. There’s also shrimp and cheddar grits ($16). The full menu can be viewed at jazandjacks.com.

The restaurant also makes its own desserts, including a double chocolate cake, and banana cake, Brown said.

Rocco’s closed: Rocco’s Tacos, a sub shop that fed its neighbors from 76 Lake Ave., Blasdell, closed Sept. 23. After 26 years in business, the Russell family said goodbye on Facebook: “So many of you came in for the last time to say goodbye and order your favorite off of the menu for the last time. … With such sadness, take care and hope to see all of you again some day somewhere.”

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