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Work is underway on a family restaurant in Lockport's old City Hall, next to the famed Erie Canal locks. With owners Joe Blaszczak and Adrienne Seekins guiding construction, Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar is taking shape at 2 Pine St. The historic former municipal building already is home to Flight of Five Winery. Seekins said that they are working on a "casual family-or…

Tony Formato, owner of Buffalo's Best Grill, said he's working on opening a counter-service restaurant and catering facility in Barrel Factory, the 114-year-old former warehouse building in the Old First Ward. It will be the food service provider for the mixed-use facility at 65 Vandalia St., home to Lakeward Spirits Distillery, Snowy Owl Kombucha, Elevator Alley Kayak …

When considering choosing a brewery restaurant for dinner, it's fair to wonder if food is the No. 1 priority in the building. Many are clear about where their hearts lie, calling their spaces tap rooms instead of restaurants. The profit margin on a pint of craft beer can be 30 percent, meaning a brewery restaurant can succeed simply by providing food good enough to pers…

After five years as a practicing lawyer, as a Legal Aid attorney, then a real estate practitioner, Kamalie Liyanage traded the courtroom for the kitchen. In July she opened Wholly Crepe, 3292 Main St., across the street from the University at Buffalo. Now she spends her days wrapping manhole-sized pancakes around sweet and savory fillings. Why did she go from to case…

After five years as a practicing lawyer, as a Legal Aid attorney, then a real estate practitioner, Kamalie Liyanage traded the courtroom for the kitchen. In July she opened Wholly Crepe, 3292 Main St., across the street from the University at Buffalo. Now she spends her days wrapping manhole-sized pancakes around sweet and savory fillings. Why did she go from to case…

Teton Kitchen, a Depew restaurant that has built a following for its Japanese home cooking, sushi and Thai dishes, is working on a second location on Transit Road. The second place will be at 5512 Transit Road, a spot that used to be called Dee's Firehouse Bar & Grill. It's about three miles from 415 Dick Road, where Taka Win and his wife, Khin, opened Teton Kitchen…

New Moon Café started offering its breakfast and lunch lineup to and North Buffalo on Aug. 8. The restaurant, 1685 Hertel Ave., is located across the street from the new Lexington Co-op. Owner Barbara Blanchard returned to Buffalo after operating a similar, successful restaurant in the ski resort town of Keystone, Colo. The menu has a touch of Mexican, with breakfas…

Niagara Falls got a new Mexican and Puerto Rican restaurant when Taqueria la Dona opened at the end of July. The restaurant is at 829 Main St., formerly occupied by Mary O's. The new place offers Mexican sandwiches called tortas, as well as tacos, quesadillas and fajitas. Its list of fillings includes roast pork, pork with pineapple, sausage, fish and vegetarian (pot…

Jennifer Boye of Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora has been invited to present dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan. The Oct. 2 dinner starts at 7 p.m. The Beard House, once the home of the famed chef and celebrator of American regional cuisine, now showcases regional cuisine from visiting chefs. Boye, who has been a professional cook for 21 years, was previou…

Every once in a great while I find myself looking at a dish, moved by its flavor, its beauty, its daring, asking How the heck did this happen? At Las Puertas, a small, humble dining room on the West Side, it happened again and again. The answer lies in the hands of chef-owner Victor Parra Gonzalez. Born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico, he was trained in classic French te…

Mulberry Italian Ristorante is opening its long-rumored Northtowns location in Snyder, replacing Squire on Main. The restaurant will offer the meatballs and most of the pasta dishes that have made the Lackawanna original a red-sauce mecca while adding a few features, said owner Joe Jerge. The space at 4548 Main St. will include a mozzarella bar, Jerge said, serving d…

Roaming Bison Tavern opened Aug. 5 on Hertel Avenue, offering a menu of smoked meat and more. The restaurant, 732 Hertel Ave., was last the Nortel Grill. Owner Greg Herzog said the kitchen was putting out a limited menu for now as the operation gets under way. "We'll be adding as we go along." To start, there's regular and smoked chicken wings ($11, 14), fresh-cut…

Two decades after it started serving smoked spare ribs and more in Depew, Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit is for sale. Owners Greg and Pamela Englehardt have grown their restaurant, at 2186 George Urban Blvd., into a regional favorite with consistent food and service. Now the business is for sale, according to a real estate listing. The main restaurant and a catering kit…

House of Hummus, the Middle Eastern restaurant in North Buffalo, is working on a second location on Elmwood Avenue. Ahmed Hamideh said his family is responding to Buffalo's enthusiastic reaction to the original restaurant, at 1150 Hertel Ave., which opened last year with falafel, hummus, kabobs and more Jerusalem-style Palestinian cuisine. The second location will be…

A new branch of a popular Clarence Mexican restaurant has opened on Evans Road in Amherst. El Ranchito has started welcoming customers to 408 Evans St., the space that was formerly Fiero. The original restaurant opened at 9780 Main St., Clarence, in 2012. Both locations have the same menus, a staffer said. That's an extensive array of dishes from tacos to whole fr…