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Kosher cafe reopens in Amherst

Myers Family Tel Aviv Cafe by Falafel Bar, a kosher café in Amherst, has reopened under Israeli chef Oded Rauvenpoor.

The counter-service restaurant is in the Jewish Community Center's Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road.

Rauvenpoor owned Falafel Bar, much of whose Mediterranean menu can currently be found at Fables Café in the downtown library. He took over the Tel Aviv Cafe on May 4, after it was closed briefly.

Kosher Falafel Bar favorites like falafel, hummus, babaganoush, salads and more will be on the menu, Rauvenpoor said. There's also spanakopita, spinach pie, and bourekas, puff pastry stuffed with cheese or potatoes.

"We're making our own pita bread," Rauvenpoor said. "We're baking all of our own pastries." The café is following strict "cholov Yisrael" kosher standards, he said.

There are few other kosher operations in town, including Nissan's Kosher Deli in Tops, 3980 Maple Road, and NY Deli & Diner, in Talbert Hall at the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus.

Tel Aviv Café will start at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with dinner hours possible in the future, he said.

"People think kosher food is not tasty," Rauvenpoor said, "but we will show them something different."

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