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Good luck trying to pigeonhole Fierte, the new restaurant opening across Virginia Place from Mothers. The restaurant, in the former Twilight Room space at 26 Virginia Place, will combine aspects of sports bars, craft cocktail enclaves and dance clubs, said owner Brandon Charles Carr. He hopes to be open by Valentine's Day. "We intend to be a chameleon of everything,"…

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A specialty butcher selling locally raised meat, including French cuts, has opened on Grant Street. On Saturdays, Moriarty Meats welcomes customers to 23 Grant St., the former Frank Zarcone & Sons store. Each Saturday, French-trained butcher Thomas Moriarty aims to offer a local animal and other meat, plus freshly made sausage. On Jan. 20, selections will include…

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Heat up your January by participating in a chili and soup cookoff to benefit the Queen City Roller Girls’ internationally ranked team, the Lake Effect Furies. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Appliance Associates of Buffalo, 200 Amherst St. Tickets, $10, entitle the bearer to taste and judge a wide-ranging array of soups and chilis, meeting the desires of carni…

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It's not hard to guess the foundation Lucky Day Whiskey Bar is built on. The most noticeable change to the former Century Grill space is a wall of bottle-filled shelves behind the bar. Its bound whiskey hymnal lists 600 odes to the powers of barley, corn and peat. When a customer reaches deep into the catalog, bartenders clamber up a ladder to snag the bottle, adding a …

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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell caused a celebrity stir when he stopped by Williamsville's Creekview restaurant for drinks Sunday afternoon. As NFL playoff games played on the restaurant's televisions, people took selfies with one of the game's big hitters. "He was a gentleman to everybody in the place, taking pictures with people," said Bill Jacobbi…

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What do you get when you put snack-sized burgers of pork, rabbit and kangaroo on the same plate? The "willy, nilly, silly" "100 Acre Woods slider trio." It's one of the attention-grabbing offerings on one of Western New York's wildest menus, available starting Jan. 22 at the newest Griffon restaurant. At Griffon House, 810 Center St., Lewiston, owner Ken Scibetta wil…

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As wood-fired pizza becomes more common, here's some uncommon examples to try in the Buffalo area. Most can be described as Neapolitan-style, baked in seconds or a few minutes in a blisteringly hot oven before making it to your table. Crispy edged and often floppy in the middle, these are only distantly related to the thick, cheese-quilted Buffalo-style pizzas. Inspi…

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What do you get when you put snack-sized burgers of pork, rabbit and kangaroo on the same plate? The "willy, nilly, silly" "100 Acre Woods slider trio." It's one of the attention-grabbing offerings on one of Western New York's wildest menus, available starting Jan. 22 at the newest Griffon restaurant. At Griffon House, 810 Center St., Lewiston, owner Ken Scibetta wil…

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There is a "for sale" sign on the Pearl Street restaurant, but Encore is just pausing for its second act, an owner says. A temporary closing, starting after service Jan. 13, is the prelude to possibly investing more in the property, not closing it, said Joseph Gugino. "We're shutting down for renovations and deciding exactly what we need to do to have the patio open …

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A mid-market New American restaurant is opening in the Grand Island building that was formerly home to The Pepper Mill. 773 North, at 2749 Grand Island Blvd., is expected to open Jan. 31, said Katie Kielaszek, the restaurant's marketing coordinator. It's the first restaurant from Christy Zippier, formerly chef at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, and h…

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If "mole" makes you think of a birthmark or a small nearsighted burrower, perhaps you have yet to meet a Mexican one. Moles are a group of sauces that are one of the fine points of authentic Mexican cuisine. They can be sauces of legendary complexity, as in mole poblano, its preparation a daylong parade of toasted dried chiles, nuts, seeds and spices, including a dab of…

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The small corner spot on Elmwood Avenue that once held a gelateria has turned into a Thai restaurant called Rin Thai Bistro. Noticing that the storefront at 988 Elmwood Ave. was frequently crowded, I figured I'd stop by for a bite. As it turned out, part of the reason it seemed so crowded is that it only holds about 25 people. Once you build an open kitchen into a…

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Community Beer Works is expanding its Niagara Falls brewpub project after development partner Savarino Companies bought an adjacent building. The Buffalo-based craft brewer now expects to open its first full-fledged brewpub on Niagara Street this fall. In November 2016, Community Beer Works announced plans to turn the former Press Box space at 324 Niagara St. into a …

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The odds of me going out to watch the Bills' playoff game are slim. It's not because I don’t care. It's that I don't like crying in public. It's been a long time, and a generation of pent-up playoff passions to unleash. But if the opportunity presented itself and I had the right company, that unicorn-rare combination of designated driver and trauma counselor, here's …

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Venus, the Mediterranean restaurant on Pearl Street, reopened Jan. 2 after an April fire. The restaurant, 452 Pearl St., is back to offering Greek and Lebanese dishes, plus local favorites like wings and subs. Beef souvlaki and chicken shawarma sandwiches ($5.59) are menu mainstays. Another popular order is Greek fries ($5.59), steak fries topped with garlic sauce, G…