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When Greg Stennis opened his bar, J.P. Dwyer’s, on Webster Street in 1997, the street was a shell of its former glory. Gone were the days when men and women would ride the Carpenter Line bus to downtown North Tonawanda for a fountain soda at the Sugar Bowl or shop at G.C. Murphy Co. Retail and restaurants had moved to shopping malls and strip plazas. As was the case w…

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If you have guests coming home for the long Thanksgiving weekend, you can impress them with the remarkable restaurants that have opened since their last visit, inhabiting spaces whose eye candy – in flavors such as restored historic grandeur and Nouveau Vegas swank – are a meal by themselves. *Chez Ami (210 Franklin St.), the spiritual successor to the famed Buffalo…

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Louie's Original Footlong Hot Dogs is coming back to Buffalo. The birthplace of the footlong, the seasonal Tonawanda store that opened at 69 Grand Island Blvd. in 1951, will continue operating. But in 2018 a new restaurant at 1893 Niagara St. will replace the year-round Louie's that was an Elmwood Avenue mainstay for 25 years before being knocked out by fire in 2013. …

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Oh, turkey's big day is here, but we like to find joints where we can eat turkey all year if we want. Here is a little gem we stumbled upon: The Gobbler at the classic Adam’s Rib Restaurant in Snyder. Intrigued we wanted to find out exactly what The Gobbler is (besides the hilarity of saying it) and found ourselves amazed and laughing at the same time. A little …

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Wouldn’t it be nice, for once, if we could get through the holidays in a more thankful way, with a healthier approach toward meals and gatherings that don’t make you scream at the scale come New Year’s Day? It isn’t easy, what with more parties to attend, more comfort foods to tempt us and more demands on our time. http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/17/timely-tip…

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Spot Coffee soon will open a franchise cafe inside Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It will be the first Spot cafe on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, joining a Tim Hortons presence in Oishei Children's Hospital and Buffalo General Medical Center. In a recent corporate announcement on its local activity, Spot said it has signed an agreement with a qualified franchis…

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Holiday parties can bring plenty of nutritional temptations in the coming weeks. The trick to maintaining your weight is to balance your eating habits with your cheer, Independent Health Foundation Healthy Options nutritionist Shelby Braun says. AT PARTIES Braun encourages you to keep "SANTA" in mind once you arrive. S – Survey the table: See what's available be…

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Grocery delivery has officially gone live at Tops Markets. The Amherst-based grocer partnered with Instacart, a third-party smartphone app that sends independent contractors to the stores to shop customers' lists. Deliveries are made in as little as an hour. Customers can enter their ZIP code into the Tops website, TopsMarkets.com/Instacart, to see if the service is…

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Pity the rotisserie chicken. Once the centerpiece of restaurant chains like Swiss Chalet, the thrill of chickens roasted on a rotating spit, basting in their own juices, has faded from the daily glare of supermarket bargain-seeking. Even from my allegedly lofty perch, I must confess to feeling the supermarket chicken's gravitational pull. Let those who have never stoppe…

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City of Tonawanda barbecue restaurant Smoke on the Water is not closing. The restaurant, 77 Young St., was recently listed for sale on a real estate website. That listing is an effort to attract a business investor, and potentially franchise into more locations, said Kevin Richert, who owns the place with brothers JJ and Mark. "We're going to continue to serve great …

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Lloyd Taco Factory's Williamsville location will open this week, if all goes as planned. The second Lloyd restaurant, at 5933 Main St., is set for a grand opening at 11 a.m. Nov. 17. The 80-seat restaurant will offer a menu much like the original restaurant, at 1503 Hertel Ave. Tacos, burritos, rice bowls and other dishes are ordered at the counter, and picked up whe…

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Rain cascades down windows facing a still-developing city block. A Seattle-based musician performs in a wood-hewn corner conducive to introspective songs about longing. Patrons huddle at attention, soaking in the lyrics while cradling a locally distilled spirit. This is the romantic scene on a recent evening inside Black Button Distilling, Rochester-based booze purveyor…

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NOCO Express has acquired a Sanborn gas station and convenience store, the former Bailly's Sunoco at 3821 Lockport Road. The 4,250-square-foot store, which lies at an intersection with Shawnee Road, will undergo renovations this winter to freshen its look and expand its grab-and-go selection from the company's Nickel City Foods brand. The store and gas pumps will stay o…

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This time of year it's normal for Diane Kirchberger and her husband Art to start closing down Reid's, the Elmwood Avenue hot dog stand they've run for 48 years. This spring they're not going to reopen. When February comes and they don't get ready to order the first cases of frankfurters, maybe then it will sink in. Reid's on Elmwood is closed, selling its last links …

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Thin Man knows its 'Wire' Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) will release cans of its latest collaboration, Fuzzy Dunlop, on Nov. 18. The beer was brewed together with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (Elmsford, N.Y.), a 6.8 percent ABV unfiltered IPA (India pale ale) featuring Bravo, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Thin Man also has two new beers on tap: the return of Capt…