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What do you get when you put snack-sized burgers of pork, rabbit and kangaroo on the same plate? The "willy, nilly, silly" "100 Acre Woods slider trio." It's one of the attention-grabbing offerings on one of Western New York's wildest menus, available starting Jan. 22 at the newest Griffon restaurant. At Griffon House, 810 Center St., Lewiston, owner Ken Scibetta wil…

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After the recent winter weather watches and the "bomb cyclone," you are probably fighting cabin fever and looking for something to do. We suggest taking a jaunt to Lewiston, either to walk the village or to go ice skating at the Lewiston Family Ice Rink in Academy Park. You'll need to eat, so hit up cozy Syros Restaurant for a family meal. Off the beaten path on Cayu…

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A fresh concept newly settled on a sleepy strip of Abbott Road in Lackawanna, Sonny Red’s is bringing trendy Neapolitan-style pizza into the heart of “cup-and-char” pepperoni country. A sister restaurant to the iconic Mulberry, this new venture strays just far enough from its origin to establish its own identity while preserving some of the most revered items and stylin…

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There is a "for sale" sign on the Pearl Street restaurant, but Encore is just pausing for its second act, an owner says. A temporary closing, starting after service Jan. 13, is the prelude to possibly investing more in the property, not closing it, said Joseph Gugino. "We're shutting down for renovations and deciding exactly what we need to do to have the patio open …

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Dough Boyz, a locally based edible cookie dough restaurant, has expanded outside Western New York with a new name. Earlier this week, it opened a location at Destiny USA, a mall in Syracuse. Another store opened at Albany's Crossgates Mall in December. It is in talks to open other New York locations in Rochester, Poughkeepsie and Palisades. The stores opened under a …

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Consumers across the country can now get their Dinosaur Bar-B-Que fix. The Syracuse-based restaurant has partnered with online food ordering service Goldbely.com, and will fulfill orders out of its Franklin Street location. Choices range from a Ribs & Chicken Combo Pack for $99 to a Choose Your Own Meats Combo Pack for $139, all including sides and extra sauce an…

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When her youngest child graduated high school, it effectively ended Liz Neadow’s tenure as home school teacher. Consequently, choices confronted the long-time stay-at-home mother. Among them, what would she do with her new-found freedom? And what would should do with the menagerie of farm animals her kids had amassed over their collective 20 years in 4-H? For Neadow, who…

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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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A mid-market New American restaurant is opening in the Grand Island building that was formerly home to The Pepper Mill. 773 North, at 2749 Grand Island Blvd., is expected to open Jan. 31, said Katie Kielaszek, the restaurant's marketing coordinator. It's the first restaurant from Christy Zippier, formerly chef at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, and h…

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It’s been a crazy start to 2018. The end of the drought leading to a playoff game against St. Doug Marrone. The introduction to the Cyclone Bomb and subzero weather. The announcement of a musical about Russ Salvatore. Clearly, anything is up for 2018. That got us thinking: What else would we like to see in 2018? Doesn’t matter how crazy or unlikely it might be. We posed …

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1) Polish Winterfest, noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in MacKinnon Lodge in Chestnut Ridge Park (6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and older. Here's a helpful map to MacKinnon Lodge. Commentary: The local Polish-American Congress - which sounds remarkably official - hosts a family-friendly event Sunday at Chestnut Ridge. Dyn…

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If "mole" makes you think of a birthmark or a small nearsighted burrower, perhaps you have yet to meet a Mexican one. Moles are a group of sauces that are one of the fine points of authentic Mexican cuisine. They can be sauces of legendary complexity, as in mole poblano, its preparation a daylong parade of toasted dried chiles, nuts, seeds and spices, including a dab of…