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Molly Koessler is one busy lady. She runs multiple restaurants including AcQua, Molly’s on Main, Foundry Suites and Lafayette ballrooms. But this time of year she puts much of her focus on two waterfront properties: William K’s and The Hatch. The City of Buffalo owns The Hatch at 329 Erie St. and Koessler and her husband William have the lease on the property, wh…

Imagine trading in shots and beer for ice cream and sprinkles. That’s exactly what JoAnn and Michael Mohler did when they transformed a former Hamburg bar into an ice cream shop. They opened Amsdell Ice Cream (3041 Amsdell Road) three years ago, in August 2014. JoAnn Mohler, a self-proclaimed ice-cream connoisseur, said the family has no regrets. She shared her though…

Nothing beats a cool ice cream treat on a hot summer day and Tammy Weisbeck can vouch for that. She and her family run Great Lakes Station Ice Cream, otherwise known as “The Caboose,” at 1729 Union Road, north of the 400 expressway. The family is celebrating 25 years of serving ice cream from a train car, which has become a fixture in the Southtowns. As she looks ba…

Meatballs to Mozart – that more or less describes the journey of Dan Dalpra who owns the Italian Fisherman in Bemus Point. The Ohio native opened the restaurant in his wife’s hometown in 1982. He has since expanded multiple times, spurred development in Chautauqua County, and created the popular Bemus Bay Pops concert series. As he celebrates 35 years in business, D…

Growing up in Ireland, Abban Westby probably never guessed he would end up in Buffalo serving Texas-style barbecue food, but a position with Kahunaville brought him to Buffalo 17 years ago. Last year, he saw the opportunity to bring a franchise to the area and he opened Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 3220 Sheridan Drive in December – an Amherst location he calls a “hidd…

If you’d like to step back in time and get away from it all, this summer is your chance as The Hotel Lenhart on Chautauqua Lake hosts two old-fashioned Victorian teas. The hotel is celebrating its 137th year in operation. And while it’s truly no frills – as in no air conditioning and some guestrooms without private bathrooms – Bebe Johnston, who is fourth-genera…

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 …