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Sarah Hemingway staked out the corner of Hertel and Norwalk. Her father, Robert, was watching at Hertel and Commonwealth. There was no way they were going to miss the first Freddies Doughnuts Buffalo has seen in 28 years. When Deborah Frandina arrived at House of Jacob, 1453 Hertel Ave., with a tote full of Freddies Doughnuts boxes, the crowd of about 15 people that …

Freddies Doughnuts will be returning to Buffalo Friday morning, if you can catch the deliveryman. His first name is Fred, not Freddie, but Fred Frandina has everything else as close to the original as he can make it. He's going to ride a sky-blue doughnut delivery bicycle down Hertel Avenue on April 21, and see how many six-count boxes he can sell. You could call him a …

Hotel restaurants have long belonged in their own category of dining experience, characterized by high prices and lowest-common-denominator menus. They earned that reputation by relying on their home-field advantage: namely, being located in the same building as travelers too exhausted to go any farther in search of sustenance. No wonder, then, that so many hotel restau…

A three-story barcade is coming to downtown Buffalo, offering a mix of drinks, Asian-inspired eats and classic video games. At 521 Main St., Misuta Chow's will offer an experience "old school meets new school Japan, pulling elements from Tokyo City’s Yokocho Alley to the new beyond modern and futuristic Robot Bar," a press release said. The first two floors should …

With a third location of Deep South Taco under way on Transit Road, the company is working on a first for local taco restaurants: its own farm. Deep South Taco is buying about 50 acres in Angola, intending to work with area farmers to raise crops on that land for Deep South Taco restaurants, owner Richard Hamilton said. By next year, he hopes to see vegetables like toma…

In May, Taste of Tanzania will offer a chance to sample a cuisine little seen in Buffalo while supporting a girls’ school that the City of Good Neighbors has helped build in Africa. The second annual fundraising dinner, at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, is organized by the Girls Education Collaborative. The group, which…

With a third location of Deep South Taco under way on Transit Road, the company is working on a first for local restaurants: its own farm. Deep South Taco is buying about 50 acres in Angola, intending to work with area farmers to raise crops on that land for Deep South Taco restaurants, owner Richard Hamilton said. By next year, he hopes to see vegetables like tomatoes,…

A Puerto Rican restaurant called El Encanto opened in Black Rock on April 3. It's located at 2179 Niagara St., near the I-190 ramp, in a building that was last Buffalo Supper Club. El Encanto is a family restaurant, not a club, said George Mercado, a manager. His sister Melissa Morales is the owner, he said, and this is her first restaurant. After years of cooking…

Charlie's Boat Yard, the seasonal restaurant at the Small Boat Harbor, opens April 20, for lunch. Changes from last year include more dining seating, and a broader menu, said John Skipper, an owner. The restaurant, at 1111 Fuhrman Blvd., replaced Dug's Dive on the Buffalo waterfront. About 90 percent of the restaurant's staff is returning, Skipper said. That should a…

The menu at the newest Griffon Gastropub is the most adventurous in town. That town being East Aurora, it admittedly did not have that far to go. When it opened in the space that was previously Medici House, and Theas, and before that, Tantalus, Griffon brought a style of dining that has so far been successful in Niagara Falls and Clarence, one that incorporates menu-re…

Amaretto Bistro's owners are more than doubling the size of the Transit Road restaurant. The restaurant, at 7170 Transit Road in East Amherst, will go from 34 to about 90 seats, said chef-owner Richard Semonian. The restaurant will remain open throughout the project, except for two or three weeks at the end, in May, he said. Its new dining room will be in the space w…

Pho Dollar, the West Side Vietnamese restaurant, is being sold. Fortunately for fans of the restaurant, at 322 W. Ferry St., the new owner knows a lot about Vietnamese cuisine. It’s Minh Tran, one of the partners in 99 Fast Food, a long-serving Vietnamese restaurant at 3398 Bailey Ave. The menu will stay the same, and the kitchen staff will stay the same, but custo…

Even today, I meet otherwise well-educated people completely unaware of Buffalo’s tragic taco history. They have no idea that for a long, dark age the Queen City was a vale of sorrow for those in love with Mexican-style tacos. “But we have Taco Bell and Mighty Taco,” they protest, indicating that they have never crossed the threshold of a taqueria. There is no …

Amaretto Bistro's owners are more than doubling the size of the Transit Road restaurant. The restaurant, at 7170 Transit Road in East Amherst, will go from 34 to about 90 seats, said chef-owner Richard Semonian. The restaurant will remain open throughout the project, except for two or three weeks at the end, in May, he said. Its new dining room will be in the space w…

A new coffee shop opened in University Heights last month, offering nitro coffee, turmeric lattes and a light food menu. Grateful Grind, 3225 Main St., is open seven days a week in the former Vasilis Express space. Before opening the coffee shop, her first place, owner Angela Kunz worked at People Inc. for 20 years, finishing there as associate vice president. Whe…