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On May 19, Ricotta's Pizza Niagara started offering its pizza, wings and open-faced chicken souvlaki on Niagara Street. Mayor Byron Brown and State Sen. Tim Kennedy stopped by the shop, 349 Niagara St., for a ribbon-cutting. Most of the food is Italian and American – including antipasti and steak hoagies – but owner Mike Khoury, who's Lebanese, is proud of a Medi…

Oshun closed after service May 21, ending three years of oysters and more at the corner of Washington and East Huron. The restaurant's lease is up May 30, said chef-owner Jim Guarino, who is going to refocus his efforts on Shango Bistro in University Heights, his first restaurant. "We're relinquishing the space and not renewing the lease, and I'm going to concentrate…

Lucky Day restaurant will aim to become a lunchtime favorite for time-harried office workers and a Theatre District destination for whiskey lovers. Located at 320 Pearl St., the space formerly occupied by Century Grill has been taken over by owners Timothy and Morgan Stevens, who own cocktail-and-sausages spot Ballyhoo near the Cobblestone District. The planned opening …

Fries-and-cones specialist Hertel Avenue Poutine & Cream has opened its doors, on the corner of Sterling Avenue, next to Family Video. The store, 1488 Hertel Ave., is the second in a series, after the first, Allen Street Poutine, opened in 2015 as the city's first dedicated poutine supplier. The Hertel store offers a second specialty: housemade ice cream, dished up …

Jon Marantz wanted a certain type of sandwich he used to enjoy, but couldn't find in Buffalo. The result was a small University Heights restaurant called, appropriately enough, Sandwich Envy. "In Toronto, a certain type of hot sandwich, often made with chicken, veal or pork, is very popular," Marantz said. "I didn’t see them here, and started making them myself, and p…

Over the years, I have learned to approach places advertising themselves as a bar and grill with humble expectations. The reason is right there in the name: it's a bar first. With the bartender sometimes doubling as cook, food options beyond potato chips are a bonus. Bar and grill menus typically emphasize simplicity and familiar territory: burgers, sandwiches, wings an…

An 80-year-old restaurant is the newest resident of Larkinville. The Swan Street Diner arrived by truck this morning at its new address, 694 Swan St., next to the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant and across the road from Larkin Square. The diner is expected to open in September, serving diner classics and more for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Its first addre…

An 80-year-old restaurant is the newest resident of Larkinville. The Swan Street Diner arrived by truck this morning at its new address, 694 Swan St., next to the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant and across the road from Larkin Square. The diner is expected to open in September, serving diner classics and more for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Its first addre…

A restaurant called 546 Yakitori & Donburi has opened in the Tonawanda building that last held Ying's K Café. The new place at 546 Niagara Falls Blvd. specializes in Japanese dishes like stir-fries, noodles and skewers. Yakitori is a grilled chicken skewer, and donburi is a rice bowl, usually finished with a braised or fried topping. Appetizers range from pork o…

Quick-service casual restaurant group Rachel's Mediterranean opened its fifth location earlier this month. It's at 1526 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, a mile west of the Walden Galleria. "It's been a great response to a phenomenal product," said Joseph Khoury, Rachel's Mediterranean president. "We've almost perfected the process, allowing us to grow and to feed so many mo…

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 too…

Battered fish fries dominate the local fried fish map, but in my youth I got hooked on New England seafood houses, with their crumb-coated Ipswich belly clams and sweet morsels of native shrimp.  Ever since I moved back to Buffalo, a day's drive from the ocean, eating seafood has seemed slightly riskier than other foodstuffs, justified or not. Perhaps it was the superm…

The city's newest taqueria brings Mexican flavors to Black Rock from sunny California. Hali Boyz, 388 Amherst St., starts selling its chicken and beef tacos this afternoon, plus sandwiches, loaded fries and sopes, fried cornmeal discs topped with taco fixings. But don't expect pork here, because this is a halal shop. Malak Mazeh and his brother Nour, half Mexican, ha…

Don Tequila, the Mexican family restaurant at 73 Allen St., has changed its reopening date to May 16. "We sincerely apologize to our customers the opening date is changing to next Tuesday 5/16/17 due to a minor complication," the restaurant said on its Facebook page. The restaurant has been closed since an immigration raid closed four Mexican restaurants in October. …

Ross Warhol, the executive chef of Oliver's Restaurant, has been invited to present a showcase dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan. The June 24 dinner starts at 7 p.m., and $175 tickets are available to the public; go to jamesbeard.org/events/a-classic-revisited to purchase. The Beard House, once the home of the famed chef and celebrator of American regional cu…