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Iconic French chef Jacques Pepin will headline the Chautauqua Food Festival in August, as the Chautauqua Institution's focus turns to food. Chefs, authors and others will be cooking and talking about food, with one-of-a-kind dinners and tasting events from Aug. 20-25. On Aug. 20, Ross Warhol, the former Athenaeum Hotel chef who became executive chef at Buffalo fine d…

The hamburger is the most common dish in America, offered in more restaurants, fancy and not, than anything else we eat. It's also a meal simple enough that many Americans can make decent versions themselves. So if a restaurateur proposes to make hamburgers the core of a restaurant menu, those burgers had best be outstanding. Buffalo restaurants Soho Burger Bar and Alle…

Due to popular demand, Bar Bill Takeout is now open in East Aurora. To find it, go behind Aurora Brew Works, 191 Main St., and look for the big new Bar Bill Takeout mural. The new spot offers Bar Bill's famed wings and beef on weck, plus family-sized pizzas, an option not available from the tavern's kitchen. The takeout site offers one more option the original doe…

JT's Urban Italian, the new wood-oven-centered restaurant from the operators behind Siena, 800 Maple and Rocco's, opens to the public on June 23. Starting at 5 p.m., people can see what's cooking at the corner of Elmwood and West Delavan, where a gas station and convenience store stood until 2015. Both floors of the two-story space in the mixed-use building at 905 El…

JT's Urban Italian, the new wood-oven-centered restaurant from the operators behind Siena, 800 Maple and Rocco's, opens to the public on June 23. Starting at 5 p.m., people can see what's cooking at the corner of Elmwood and West Delavan, where a gas station and convenience store stood until 2015. Both floors of the two-story space in the mixed-use building at 905 Elmwo…

The owner of the former King and I Thai restaurant will be opening another restaurant, on Elmwood Avenue. Last year Rin Suphankomut, closed her restaurant at 2188 Kensington Ave., and sold the building. It is now Kumiko Sushi & Thai. Since then, Suphankomut said, she's been looking for the right place to serve customers her Thai cuisine. Recently she settled on 9…

There's more ways to enjoy the West Side's BreadHive Bakery & Café, and more time to enjoy it. The worker-owned cooperative business at 402 Connecticut St. has added covered patio seating, where customers can enjoy bagels made from scratch in Buffalo and a game of beanbag toss. A blue awning now covers picnic and cafe tables next to the bakery. BreadHive has al…

Luba's Place has gone dark after 27 years, for the one of the best reasons anyone can have for closing their business. "I am 70 years old, and I think that's enough," said Luba Levin, who ran the sandwich counter inside 135 Delaware Ave. "And I have now three grandchildren who have moved recently back to Buffalo, so I have three babies I will spend time with more." S…

The Lodge, the multilevel restaurant opened in 2013, has turned out the lights. Its Facebook page describes it as "permanently closed." The Lodge opened in 2013 at 79 W. Chippewa St., offering "stag on a stick" among its wide-ranging menu, and Skee-Ball in its second floor entertainment zone. [Read a 2013 review of The Lodge's adventurous menu] Send restaurant…

Ilio DiPaolo's is a family restaurant in the fullest sense of the term. Run by a family to feed families, its menu goes past the usual catalog of Italian-American appetizers, pastas and seafood to consider the needs of your entire extended clan. Here, the kids menu is not a perfunctory exercise in chicken fingers and fries, but an array of classic juvenile choices, down…

The next restaurant at 727 Elmwood Ave. will be called Forty Thieves. Restaurateur Tommy Cowan, partner in Midtown Kitchen, MTK Prime and other local spots, posted a Forty Thieves logo to his Facebook page. "Coming soon," he wrote. The banner is also flying at 727 Elmwood Ave. Briefly operated as 727 Elmwood, the restaurant was formerly Blue Monk, and before that Me…

Parkside community leaders are working on opening a restaurant at the corner of Parkside Avenue and Russell Street that would redefine "neighborhood café." The current and former presidents of the Parkside Community Association, working with a café owner, hope to open Jam by the end of the summer. The restaurant space at 301 Parkside Ave., across the street from the B…

Buffalo's newest doughnut shop offers unusual flavors like bubblegum and root beer float, and standard flavors, like chocolate glazed. What it doesn’t offer is doughnuts containing eggs or milk. All of Fry Baby Donuts' treats are vegan, right down to the sprinkles. If owner Ann Hogan hits her target, you won’t be able to tell. "I think we nailed it," said Hogan, …

For years, Dock at the Bay was known for beer, bands and volleyball bouts – plus a panoramic view of Lake Erie. Food? Not so much. When the place at 3800 Hoover Road, Hamburg, changed hands last year and became The Dock Waterfront Bar & Grill, the emphasis did not change much. But that changed when the restaurant opened last week as Dos Amigos. The lake is…

A new restaurant opened two weeks ago in the Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls, a hotel on Rainbow Boulevard. Twisted Olives, 333 Rainbow Blvd., boasts some of the roomiest patios downtown, with a total of 135 feet of patios stretching along two sides of the building. Despite its hotel location, the restaurant has so far drawn many Niagara Falls residents, said Kriste…