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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…

It's a vision nearly every vacationer has at one point – let's give it all up and move permanently. But if you told Buffalo native Don Manaher that he would be running a bar in Key West, Fla., back in his college days, he never would have believed you. Manaher had left Buffalo for a successful corporate career in Indiana. When he received a lump sum payment from his …

On a day with a dusting of snow on the ground and 19 degree temperatures in the air, customers are lining up at Chef's on the Go! Food Truck which is parked at a suburban office park. It's a typical winter day for the crew of four that works on the food truck, which will mark two years in operation this summer. Siblings, Lou and Mary Beth Billittier, who own Chef's Rest…

When you think of Valentine's Day, you may think romance, flowers, candy or a nice, fancy dinner. And many people think it's an occasion worth celebrating at Russell's Steaks, Chops and More, which was just named one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2017 by OpenTable. That's no surprise to Russ Salvatore, who will serve his 67th Valentine's Day dinner…

An estimated 1.3 million chicken wings will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday, according to the National Chicken Council. Across the area, many of them will be devoured at homes, rather than in restaurants. Another Super Bowl without the Buffalo Bills has restaurant owners like John Bona III of the Amherst Pizza & Ale House (55 Crosspoint Pkwy., Getzville) expecting spa…

Hot soup is a mainstay on area restaurant menus on cold winter days. But it even sells on steamy summer days, according to Michele Ebeling, who is one of the owners of Danny's Restaurant, which has locations in Cheektowaga (3715 Genesee St.) and Orchard Park (Danny's South, 4300 Abbott Road). Her husband, his siblings and their parents have all run the two restaurants s…

It's been two years since business partners Jay Pasquarella and Angelo Canna, Jr. opened Lucia's on the Lake (4151 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg). The childhood friends marked the anniversary on Jan. 16 and as they look back on an incredible two years, they're also looking across the street at their next restaurant venture along the lake shore. The business duo, along with ex…

Nothing works up an appetite like a day on the slopes. Hungry skiers have a lot of choices when they stand at the top of Holiday Valley Ski Resort looking out over Ellicottville. A popular choice for many is Ellicottville Brewing Company, or EBC, which got its start serving craft beers long before the craze. These days, bartender Nathan Westman is just as busy serving p…

The holidays are the perfect ingredient to boost the restaurant business - just ask John Glavey, co-owner of the Brick Oven Bistro at 904 Abbott Road in South Buffalo. He and Charlie Goodspeed have run the restaurant and bar for nearly five years. On a random Wednesday between Christmas and New Year's, the bar was three to four deep and there was a wait for a table as p…