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1) Record Store Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 22 at Record Theatre (1800 Main St.); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 22 in Black Dots (223 Lafayette Ave.).; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Revolver Records (1451 Hertel Ave.). All are free to attend. Commentary: Celebrate vinyl with Buffalo's three remaining record stores, as massive discounts and a bevy of special releases accompany the annua…

Sarah Hemingway staked out the corner of Hertel and Norwalk. Her father, Robert, was watching at Hertel and Commonwealth. There was no way they were going to miss the first Freddies Doughnuts Buffalo has seen in 28 years. When Deborah Frandina arrived at House of Jacob, 1453 Hertel Ave., with a tote full of Freddies Doughnuts boxes, the crowd of about 15 people that …

It was a bright, sunny day. Michelle Bulan, the director of marketing for Perry's Ice Cream, saw an Amherst shop showcasing Western New York specialties. She popped in. She asked: Would they consider offering Perry's? The clerk sighed. "We only sell local." "But Perry's IS local! It's made right down the road in Akron." Bulan laughed, telling that stor…

Freddies Doughnuts will be returning to Buffalo Friday morning, if you can catch the deliveryman. His first name is Fred, not Freddie, but Fred Frandina has everything else as close to the original as he can make it. He's going to ride a sky-blue doughnut delivery bicycle down Hertel Avenue on April 21, and see how many six-count boxes he can sell. You could call him a …

Hotel restaurants have long belonged in their own category of dining experience, characterized by high prices and lowest-common-denominator menus. They earned that reputation by relying on their home-field advantage: namely, being located in the same building as travelers too exhausted to go any farther in search of sustenance. No wonder, then, that so many hotel restau…

A three-story barcade is coming to downtown Buffalo, offering a mix of drinks, Asian-inspired eats and classic video games. At 521 Main St., Misuta Chow's will offer an experience "old school meets new school Japan, pulling elements from Tokyo City’s Yokocho Alley to the new beyond modern and futuristic Robot Bar," a press release said. The first two floors should …

With a third location of Deep South Taco under way on Transit Road, the company is working on a first for local taco restaurants: its own farm. Deep South Taco is buying about 50 acres in Angola, intending to work with area farmers to raise crops on that land for Deep South Taco restaurants, owner Richard Hamilton said. By next year, he hopes to see vegetables like toma…

In May, Taste of Tanzania will offer a chance to sample a cuisine little seen in Buffalo while supporting a girls’ school that the City of Good Neighbors has helped build in Africa. The second annual fundraising dinner, at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, is organized by the Girls Education Collaborative. The group, which…

Happy anniversary, CBW Community Beer Works is hosting its Fifth Anniversary Extravaganza from noon to 8 p.m. April 22. The party will take place at the site of its future expanded brewery, 520 7th St. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com ($15 pre-sale, $20 at the door), and include a 16-ounce stainless steel fifth anniversary pint glass as well as one glass of beer,…

Take a place swarming with hundreds of kids wired on sugar with seemingly every video game imaginable at their fingertips. Mix in a similar number of adults - and adult beverages - and a sporting event for every taste on screens as far as the eye can see. On the idea spectrum, this arrangement sounds like it would come closer to nightmare than dream. But at Dave and …

Ice-cream cravings are a year-round tempter for many, but the desire for the sweet, creamy dessert intensifies during the warm months. Akron, NY-based Perry's Ice Cream has announced its lineup of new flavors for this summer, broken down into four 48-ounce tubs, one 32-ounce container, two novelty items and three flavors specifically for scoop shops across the area. …

With a third location of Deep South Taco under way on Transit Road, the company is working on a first for local restaurants: its own farm. Deep South Taco is buying about 50 acres in Angola, intending to work with area farmers to raise crops on that land for Deep South Taco restaurants, owner Richard Hamilton said. By next year, he hopes to see vegetables like tomatoes,…

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…

Woodcock Brothers Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson) has released a special draft-only version of its XPA 10.0 (Experimental Pale Ale). This version tames back some of the bitterness to make it even more drinkable. Fans can follow @WoodcockBrewery on Twitter for updates of when and where the beer will be tapped. The brewery also has tapped its tradition…

A Puerto Rican restaurant called El Encanto opened in Black Rock on April 3. It's located at 2179 Niagara St., near the I-190 ramp, in a building that was last Buffalo Supper Club. El Encanto is a family restaurant, not a club, said George Mercado, a manager. His sister Melissa Morales is the owner, he said, and this is her first restaurant. After years of cooking…