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After working in the restaurant industry in nearly every role, including general manager, Mike Mendola thought he was finished with that business line until a sense of boredom brought him back. Mendola, who runs Nine’s Food Service, a business that feeds area youth through grants and community centers, had July and August off for multiple years. He decided to start a …

When band members from Train take the stage at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center tonight, they won’t be dining on Buffalo wings. That’s because they requested a healthier menu, through Live Nation, from caterer Buffalo’s Best Grill whose main restaurant is located at 3700 Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park. The crew at BBG is used to such requests after servi…

Sometimes things happen for a reason. So when Matthew Schelter lost his corporate job and took a severance, the reason must have been that he was destined to run a food truck using a longtime family recipe. After marking one year in business, Schelter is amazed at the reception he's received in Buffalo – a city hungry for food trucks. In that time, he's also created a…

Take a step into Super Freeze at 6865 Erie Road in Derby and you'll take a step back in time to the 1950s - a decade of music, cars and television. And that's exactly what owner George Williams envisioned when taking over the old Woodbine Inn, in 1987, from his family, where Super Freeze now stands. Williams is a drag racer and collector at heart, the restaurant serves …

With Memorial Day upon us, hot dog season is here. Before you light the grill, take some advice from Tony Palumbo who owns Tony’s Bayview Drive-In at 3804 Lakeshore Road in Blasdell. The self-taught restaurant owner has been grilling dogs for 34 years and has perfected the skill, which explains why so many customers tell him the food tastes better at Tony’s than at …

Considering a drive through the country with a stop for hearty food? Three Star Family Restaurant (10770 Main St.,  North Collins), is the spot for you. Josif Popjanevski has owned the restaurant for 37 years and was partners with his brother in law until a few years ago. The restaurant serves big plates of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but off site catering accou…

If you’re looking for traditional pub grub in a friendly setting, head to Lake View to check out JP’s Pub 1986 Lakeview Road. And say happy anniversary while you’re there. Karen and John Melisz will celebrate 35 years of ownership at the end of this month. While the pub has expanded to include a banquet room that also handles overflow seating at busy times like Fr…

Nestled along Abbott Road at the South Buffalo-Lackawanna border, you'll find some of the best Texas hots in the area. John Kesidis has been making them for 42 years. After working for other restaurants, he opened Abbott Texas Hots Restaurant, at 1291 Abbott Road, 26 years ago. He and his wife, Anna, greet customers who flock to the small, comfortable restaurant with a …

If there were awards for food trucks, Ricos Pinchos Place would likely win most colorful. It would also qualify for bilingual and international awards. The husband and wife duo of Sarahi and Hector Alicea own the truck and their experience operating food trucks dates back decades when Sarahi got started in Puerto Rico selling coconut candy. While the weather is much …

Tucked in a rear corner of The Broadway Market, you'll find a traditional diner counter and stools and this Easter season, there wasn't a seat to be had. Potts Deli and Grille has been operating the restaurant inside the market for five years and has come to rely on Easter visitors. Like many Broadway Market vendors, they run an extra stand at Easter time to cater to ho…

Amanda Amico could easily write a book entitled "Lessons learned from operating a food truck." She has plenty of material to fill the pages since launching Amy's Truck in October 2012. One lesson is how parking a food truck at Larkin Square was the perfect place at the perfect time to land a new business opportunity. Amico has been named general manager of the Swan Stre…

Local Restaurant Week wrapped up recently and for newcomers like Eckl's at 4936 Ellicott Road in Orchard Park, it was a win-win. The longtime restaurant, founded in 1934 and known for its roast beef, was closed for about a year before reopening in the fall of 2016. This was their first shot at Local Restaurant Week and general manager Ted Smith said they'll definitely be b…

Local Restaurant Week is here and runs through March 26. Since the concept got started in 2009, when the industry was suffering from an economic downturn, it has grown from 60 restaurants to 218 this week, with 21 new participants, including some craft breweries. Even if you dined out for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day this week, you would barely put a dent in th…

There's no better way to toast a chilly St. Patrick's Day than with a traditional Irish coffee. But making it the proper way takes much more than simply adding whiskey to your brew. At McPartlan's Corner (669 Wehrle Dr., Amherst), they have it down to a science. Mike McPartlan, who is third generation at the family-run restaurant, said they've been making them for decad…

A mix of the old and new with plenty of comfort food is the recipe for success at The Eagle House, 5578 Main St. in Williamsville. Tricia Brown, who owns the restaurant with her father Bud Hanny, has found some modern ways to put a new spin on the site, which has served as a bar and restaurant since 1827. Brown grew up in the restaurant business when her grandparents ow…