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Andrew Z. Galarneau


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One of the Southtowns' standout restaurants is opening a fried chicken place on Route 16. Blue Lantern Lounge's Tom Pease said he'll try to open RT 16 Chicken Shack and BrewYard by April. The location, 6272 Seneca St., Elma, is a "couple blocks" east of Blue Lantern, 5120 Seneca St. It was operating in the 1880s as a country store. The menu centerpiece will be "go…

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The lights have been out at Providence Social for days. Customers reporting for Sunday brunch had to get their mimosa fix elsewhere. No one answers the phone. A sign on the door reads: "DO TO UNFORTUNATE DAMAGES BUSINESS WILL SOON AGAIN COMMENCE UPON COMPLETED INTERNAL DEMOLITION." The restaurant opened in 2013 at 490 Rhode Island St., two blocks west of Richmond …

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Water Lily Café, the Bowmansville Thai restaurant, closed after service Jan. 20. Owner Kim Suphankomut said he closed because his landlord had other plans. "We would have stayed open," he said. He was looking at several properties while he decides where to reopen his restaurant. "I can't tell you where it is yet," he said. "I'd like it to be closer to the city." T…

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If you haven't fed a yen in the Grant Street area lately, you're missing out. In the last decade, Sweetness 7 Cafe, 220 Grant St., started meeting your coffee and breakfast needs in a hip cafe setting. West Side Bazaar, 25 Grant St., started giving immigrant cooks a chance to offer flavors of their native lands. In 2013, Gabrielle Mattina opened Gypsy Parlor, 376 Gra…

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One of my duties as your designated eater is to seek out worthwhile new dining opportunities. Another is highlighting restaurants that have been making people happy for decades. That's what led me to the Old Orchard Inn, serving from its East Aurora hillock since 1931. "The last of the great escapes," its website calls it. Old Man Winter dimmed its pastoral pleasures so…

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The Lunch Box will give downtown workers another breakfast and lunch option when it opens in Olympic Towers. Once renovations to its cafe space are complete, it should open in early 2018, according to real estate company CBRE Buffalo. “We’re excited to start providing breakfast and lunch in such a beautiful, historic building,” The Lunch Box owner Amy McCarthy said i…

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Pasion, the Cuban restaurant on Elmwood Avenue, has invited patrons to a farewell bash. The restaurant, 153 Elmwood Ave., will hold a "goodbye party" starting 3 p.m. Jan. 27, it posted to Facebook. There will be music, and $4 drink specials to help clear out bar inventory, it said. Pasion opened in February 2016 with a broadly Latin American menu, following Black …

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Oded Rauvenpoor, the Israeli chef-owner behind the late, lamented Falafel Bar, is opening a new restaurant on Sheridan Drive. This time, it's personal. OR by Falafel Bar will offer more "multi-ethnic dishes with focus on food common to the Middle East region – not just Middle Eastern, but Mediterranean, African style food, with flavors authentic to my roots," Rauvenp…

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Oded Rauvenpoor, the Israeli chef-owner behind the late, lamented Falafel Bar, is opening a new restaurant on Sheridan Drive. This time, it's personal. OR by Falafel Bar will offer more "multi-ethnic dishes with focus on food common to the Middle East region – not just Middle Eastern, but Mediterranean, African style food, with flavors authentic to my roots," Rauvenp…

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Jimmy John's sandwich shop on Elmwood Avenue closed at the end of December. The restaurant, located in the mixed-use building at 766-770 Elmwood Ave., was the only outpost of the 3,000-store nationwide sandwich chain in Buffalo. It opened in March 2016. There is a location in Amherst, at 1300 Sweet Home Road. Send restaurant tips to agalarneau@buffnews.com and fol…

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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…