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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…

It's champagne season and before you pour a glass of the bubbly, there are a few things you should know about the celebratory tradition, which is becoming an everyday toast. Jonny Reff, a bartender at 31 Club, took the time to talk about champagne as well as the technique to enjoy the pure art of champagne drinking. Question: Is there a proper way to serve champagne?…

Nothing says happy holidays like a Tom & Jerry. Just ask any customer at The Place, located at 229 Lexington Ave. The restaurant, which is newly remodeled yet cozy and comfortable, is celebrating 75 years in business as The Place this year. But this time of year, the celebrations focus on a holiday tradition – the Tom & Jerry. Jay McCarthy, co-owner of The …

Craft beer and craft pizza go hand in hand at a restaurant in the Village of Hamburg – hence the name "Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizzas." But the establishment at 32 Main St. is standing up to its title serving pints and pizza. Since opening in September 2015, the owners, Jimmy and Lindsey Butera, have been crafting and perfecting their menu, which was recentl…

Cruisin' Crepes Cuisine: French crepes Owner: Ed Gath Price range: $6-$11 Vehicle: Vintage 1962 Harvester International Truck Established: 2014 Best-selling items: Apple cinnamon crepes, $6; traditional savory ham and Swiss with honey mustard, $7. Signature item: "Your favorite candy bar" (Heath Bar, M&M or Reese's crumbles with whipped cream and Ghirardelli cho…