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Comfort Zone Café in the Village of Hamburg is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Owner Cindy Barrett, who opened it Dec. 1, 1997, said she started simple and expanded over the years with a full menu and retail shopping space. Now lunch is the busiest time at the café, which features a laid-back atmosphere, but breakfast and evening cappuccinos also keep the staff busy s…

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Brian Mahony has been in a kitchen since he was 15 years old. After formal training in San Francisco, where he lived for 13 years, he ran four- and five-star restaurants and opened 25 restaurants in the gaming industry, which is his forte. Mahony returned home to open the Western Door steakhouses for Seneca Gaming and Entertainment. Almost two years ago, he took a gambl…

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Here’s something to put on your 2018 winter bucket list: Sunday afternoon music at Glen Park Tavern. It’s one of the features Ellie Grenauer, who owns Glen Park with her father, Jim, and her cousin Chris Robshaw, brought to the business. The trio is in its 19th year of ownership at the property that’s been a tavern since 1887. Another successful feature is a roast beef …

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Looking for creative holiday cheer? If you want drinks done right, head to Vera (220 Lexington Ave.) where owner Cameron Rector said he has perfected the art of drink-making with a process that ensures his bar staff gets it right. Rector moved to Buffalo in 2001 from downstate and opened Vera about six and a half years ago. The winter season is one of the busiest at the…

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Nick Charlap's Ice Cream, with four locations in Western New York, is busy putting a traditional holiday spin on its ice cream flavors. Two locations, 7264 Boston State Road in Hamburg, and Nick Charlap’s Sweets on the Hill, at 1203 Union Road in West Seneca, bustle with customers lining up for peppermint stick and cinnamon ice cream. (Two seasonal ice cream stands, in …

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The Poked Yolk, at 3100 Transit Road, West Seneca, is a breakfast place as its name implies. But you’ll get more than you bargained for when you look at the menu, which also features lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. pm every day, except major holidays. Creative dishes such as cinnamon roll pancakes are inspired by owner Jim Vaughan, who ran restaurants in Las Vegas for a dec…

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Imagine if farmers had a way to sell their fresh produce and goods year-round in a brick-and-mortar shop – that was the mission of Farmers & Artisans, at 4557 Main St. in Snyder, beginning in 2009. Julie Blackman, who is the sixth generation at her family’s Blackman Homestead Farm (4472 Thrall Road, Lockport), was one of the founders and now owns and operates Farmer…

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Like any Buffalo Bills fan, Russ Mogavero was thrilled when the team pulled off a win in Kansas City. But Mogavero’s interest goes far beyond simply rooting for a team – his business depends on it. A winning season, or a losing one, has a direct impact on the Meadowbrook Restaurant and Bar at 6848 Erie Road in Derby, which he owns. It’s a beer-and-shot type of place whe…

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As you prepare your holiday feast and are faced with the challenge of perfectly carving the turkey, here’s Charlie the Butcher to the rescue. He sharpens his knife with 102 years of family experience. Charlie’s grandfather started the business in 1915 at Buffalo’s Washington Market, then the Broadway Market, and even served as mayor of the City of Buffalo in the 1930s. …

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Any mom knows how difficult it is to eat healthy, take care of a family and run a household. For Kyle Orlando, add running your own business into the mix. But when the business features healthy, organic food, it makes the health part a little bit easier. Orlando and her husband, Joseph, took over Organic 3 Café, at 4446 Main St. in Amherst, from the original founder …

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When a new pizzeria opens in South Buffalo, word travels fast. Residents are anxious to try it and scrupulously compare it to their legendary favorites. Kenny Lombardo and Bob Garey are hoping their new pizzeria, LombarDough’s Pizza & Pasta, will be a longtime favorite. Located at 615 Hopkins St., the pizzeria is the latest addition to an area where nearby businesse…

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Hot honey bacon, Reuben-flavored sausage, soy ginger jerky and country fried steak to go - if you’re looking for a new spin on classic meat, pop into A&C Meat Company at 6472 Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg, which is also home to Country Club Catering. With the help of his parents, wife, daughter and brother, Steven Ceccarelli is celebrating two years behind the b…

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David Schutte truly knows how to celebrate Oktoberfest. He taps into his German descent every fall when the Creekview Restaurant (5629 Main St., Williamsville) rolls out its annual Oktoberfest menu with homemade German specialties. With incredible views alongside Ellicott Creek, the land was the first settlement in Amherst back in 1799. That history is one of the many a…

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Step into Sweet Pea Bakery at One Buffalo St. in Hamburg and you’ll be overcome by an incredible smell of fresh baked goods with a sweet, sugary aroma. It’s all thanks to the woman behind the apron, Audrey Zybala. She gave up a teaching career to follow a lifelong dream, inspired by her close-knit family, to own a bakery. The café serves breakfast and lunch, but over th…

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If you’re looking for ghost stories that will send a chill up your spine and home-cooked comfort food that will warm your belly, J&M’s West End Inn at 340 Union St. in Hamburg is a must-visit. With Halloween approaching, haunted tales are drawing customers in, but the real treat is owner Dawn Kovach’s pumpkin martini. She and her husband John run the restaurant and …