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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 ov…

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 restauran…

Looking for a cold beer? Ice House Pub at 715 Ridge Road in Lackawanna is the place to find the perfect draft poured upside down from a new state-of-the-art system. It’s one of the finishing touches that the new owners added after buying the old Cherry Stone Inn in 2016 and renovating it from top to bottom. Ron Vanyo, his sister Lanette Welch and her husband Dan are t…

Buffalo’s September heat wave has given everyone a second chance at summer – especially golfers. And for year-round golf resorts like Byrncliff Golf Resort and Banquets (2357 Humphrey Road in Varysburg), the weather is pumping up business at a time when things usually wind down. The resort has a full-service bar and restaurant along with a hotel and hosts fall event…

Apple season is here and that means a trip to Mayer Brothers Cider Mill at 1540 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca, is in order. Customers have been lining up at the mill for fresh cider for 165 years. Nowadays, Mayer Brothers bottles private-label juice and high-end, premium waters for big-name companies across the country. It’s hard to believe when you take a step back …

The summer season has wrapped up and that means bowling season is underway in the Buffalo area. For Braymiller’s Lanes, 39 Buffalo St. in Hamburg, it means the celebration of its 75th year in business. Third-generation owner Howie Braymiller has kept up on the latest technology and finds new ways to attract customers at the bowling alley his grandfather Howard created…

When it comes to football season, the Big Tree Inn, at 4277 Abbott Road, is considered synonymous with the Buffalo Bills for many fans. The bar has been a fixture on Abbott Road under Danny DeMarco’s ownership for 37 years. In that time, he’s seen it all when it comes to football games and he's looking forward to the U2 concert. While his business soared during the …

With a comfortable outdoor patio, long bar and extensive dinner specials, O’Daniels Gin Mill & Grill at 1305 Abbott Road is well worth a visit. Chris Daniels opened the restaurant, which he refers to as a gin mill, in 1990. He shares his thoughts on what a neighborhood tavern should be and the history behind the famous O’Malley burger. Question: You’re know…

As summer winds down, Western New Yorkers are wrapping up their annual bucket lists to make the most of the season. For many, a visit to The Public House on the Lake at 4914 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg, is in order. With 250 outdoor seats, it’s not unusual for the waterfront restaurant to serve 1,000 people on a good weather day. While customers flock there for food and d…

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…