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Sato Brewpub, a new restaurant in the basement of the historic Dun Building, is about to begin offering its menu of Japanese tavern cooking and beers brewed to match. The restaurant, 110 Pearl St., should officially open Sept. 12, said Joshua Smith, who will operate it with his wife and chef, Satomi. After extensive renovations, the below-ground-level space that was for…

Marie's Dressing will be serving free salads for lunch next week at the Tops at 9660 Transit Road Tops in Amherst. The Marie's Dress to Impress truck, a promotional food truck that makes stops around the country, will park at the Amherst Tops from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 31. The truck will be showcasing four Marie's dressings, including Avocado Poblano Vinaigrette, Ro…

Tony Formato, owner of Buffalo's Best Grill, said he's working on opening a counter-service restaurant and catering facility in Barrel Factory, the 114-year-old former warehouse building in the Old First Ward. It will be the food service provider for the mixed-use facility at 65 Vandalia St., home to Lakeward Spirits Distillery, Snowy Owl Kombucha, Elevator Alley Kayak …

The question is heard often at BreadHive Bakery & Cafe. "I don't know how many times I've been asked, 'How do I talk to a manager?' " said Emily Stewart, who founded BreadHive with Allison Ewing. "But there's not one, there's six, and people change when they realize they're talking to an owner. "It's usually followed by, 'How old are you?' " BreadHive is a wor…

The restaurant replacing the Sonoma Grille won't open until next fall, but diners who want a preview of the menu can stop by the restaurant inside the Reikart House hotel. The developer behind the Reikart House, which replaced the former Lord Amherst Hotel, and the Hyatt Place hotel on the same campus in Snyder decided months ago to tear down the former Sonoma Grille bu…

Lots of items get exchanged between neighbors, whether power tools, shrub suggestions or casual conversation. But sometimes, such abutting interaction can turn into something bigger—like turning an old auto parts store into a marquee craft beer store and bar. Such is the case with Hamburg’s Hamm & Fattey’s Beer Company, started by two village neighbors intent …

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…

Five & 20 welcomes new brewer Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing (8398 W. Main St., Westfield) has a new head brewer in Paul Alessi. Alessi started as an intern at the brewery where he apprenticed under original brewer Jimmy Walsh (who has accepted a brewing position at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Virginia). Alessi graduated from the Erie Community Colleg…

This year, for the first time in four years, I will not be returning to Greece. Instead, I went to Nick’s Place Express. Kenmore is certainly no substitute for the azure waters of Nafplio or the winding, mysterious streets of Athens. But the dishes Nick Ananiadis presents on his plates? Pretty darn close. The cozy storefront is set back from the road and is blink-and-…

Chuck E. Cheese's is breaking up the band. You know, the animatronic one. The national pizza restaurant and arcade chain known for hosting kids' birthday parties has announced it is redesigning several of its locations across the country. In those plans, the robot animal musicians — including Jasper T. Jowls, Mr. Munch and Helen Henny — are being scrapped in favo…

"Eat a Peach," the famous Allman Brothers album, burst on the scene in 1972. Not long afterwards, Gregg Allman came to stay for a while in Western New York. Coincidence? I think not. As Bourbon County is to whiskey, as Madison County is to bridges, as Calaveras County is to jumping frogs, so is Niagara County to peaches. Nobody is saying that everyone else's peaches …

Work is underway on a family restaurant in Lockport's old City Hall, next to the famed Erie Canal locks. With owners Joe Blaszczak and Adrienne Seekins guiding construction, Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar is taking shape at 2 Pine St. The historic former municipal building already is home to Flight of Five Winery. Seekins said that they are working on a "casual family-or…

1) Arkells, Edgefest: Part 3, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: After Volbeat and 311, the closing act of three-pronged Edgefest is Canadian rockers Arkells, who sold out back-to-back shows in Town Ballroom last December. Frontman Max Kerman explained why he adores the Queen City in this 2015 int…

Tony Formato, owner of Buffalo's Best Grill, said he's working on opening a counter-service restaurant and catering facility in Barrel Factory, the 114-year-old former warehouse building in the Old First Ward. It will be the food service provider for the mixed-use facility at 65 Vandalia St., home to Lakeward Spirits Distillery, Snowy Owl Kombucha, Elevator Alley Kayak …

When considering choosing a brewery restaurant for dinner, it's fair to wonder if food is the No. 1 priority in the building. Many are clear about where their hearts lie, calling their spaces tap rooms instead of restaurants. The profit margin on a pint of craft beer can be 30 percent, meaning a brewery restaurant can succeed simply by providing food good enough to pers…