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Dobutsu, one of the year's most anticipated restaurants, has set its opening at 500 Seneca St. From James and Connie Roberts, the husband and wife behind Toutant, Dobutsu aims to become the city's premier seafood restaurant. After lengthy construction delays, Dobutsu, inspired by Pacific cuisine, should open May 1. Sure, there's lots of meat on the opening menu, i…

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Bruno Italian Grill has moved in to the space formerly occupied by Rachel’s Mediterranean on the corner of Chippewa and Delaware. Trusting a similar business model to Rachel’s but a different cuisine, Bruno is hoping its fast-casual, build-your-own Italian concept will hit the ground running in stride with the time-crunched business crowd it’s hoping to entice. Bruno…

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Mezza is no more, as Nine29 moves its textbook continental menu into the former Middle Eastern restaurant at its namesake location of 929 Elmwood Avenue. Open seven days a week, the late-night kitchen has left the ethnic fare behind in favor of done-up but affordable bar staples with surprising housemade touches. Like its sister restaurant Hearth & Press, Nine29 …

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Bruno Italian Grill, which opened in the former Rachel's Mediterranean at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street in March, has jumped on the quick-serve trend.

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Buffalo's biannual week dedicated to local restaurants is back again, as Local Restaurant Week runs April 16-22 at more than 200 eateries across the area. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau laid the framework and provided useful links here, while Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon took the health-conscious approach, for which I'm grateful - I don't feel as obligated to include…

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Buffalo's known for its chicken wings, so Visit Buffalo Niagara put together a self-guided Buffalo Wing trail, featuring these 12 iconic wing spots. But Visit Buffalo Niagara missed plenty of spots, including South Buffalo's Nine-Eleven Tavern, writes Food Editor Andrew Galarneau.  We polled our audience for their favorite wing spots in Western New York, including th…

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Some meals are meant to be savored with little regard to fat, sugar and salt content because we deem them special. But a routine embrace of that thinking, followed by habits that linger for months and years, can cost you your health. The spring version of Local Restaurant Week starts on Monday, and presents both an opportunity and a trap for those who want to eat better…

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The beef-on-weck game just changed in Buffalo: Eckl's is coming to town. The renowned Orchard Park beef purveyor is opening a huge sibling restaurant in Larkinville that will add upscale choices to Eckl's traditional menu and sprawl over 7,000 square feet. Located in the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St., Eckl's@Larkin will give diners a plush environment adj…

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A Buffalo couple flees the snow and opens a pub in paradise where the only thing freezing is their ice cold beer. That sums up the story of Kathy and Tim O’Connell, the owners of Overseas Pub & Grill in Marathon, Fla., situated right along the Overseas Highway, about halfway between Key Largo and Key West. After vacationing in the Florida Keys for decades, they even…

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Jeremy Twiss just needed a job. So, when the wayward 26-year-old walked into Sweet_ness 7 Café on Grant Street one day in 2013, he told owner Prish Moran he was willing to perform any task she required. "What are your strengths?" Moran asked Twiss during their first encounter. "Well, I hate people," he replied. They both broke down laughing. And just like th…

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Tops Markets, joining the meal kit trend that has gained favor for busy families, has rolled out an offering of its own in the regional supermarket industry: Chef'd. "This is the next wave, another option, for those looking for a meal solution, to save time," said Jeffrey Culhane, senior vice president of merchandising for Tops. Tops this month launched five new Chef…

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Visit Buffalo Niagara chose a "Delicious Dozen" wing places, but I think the Buffalo Wing Trail could use a few more stops. How about a Saucy Seventeen? First off, I'd add Nine-Eleven Tavern, 9-11 Bloomfield Ave. The cash-only tavern has a distinctive spin on its wings, with a cheesy, faintly sweet sauce that still packs plenty of kick. One distinctive, cel…

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Deep-fried chicken wings tossed in cayenne hot sauce have long been Buffalo's culinary ambassador to the world, and the number one eating mission of visitors to the Queen City. Now the region's marketing bureau is offering wing pilgrims guidance: the Buffalo Wing Trail. Including 12 stops selected by Visit Buffalo Niagara, the trail leads from Elmo's in Getzville to …

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A new popcorn stand is coming to 6610 Goodrich Road in Clarence. Michael Sendlebeck told the Clarence Town Board on Wednesday that the 10-foot-by-16-foot shed will be a permanent structure, but a seasonal business, from May through October. The stand will be adjacent to Sendlebeck's home, which is in a commercial zone. The board granted him a one-year, temporary conditi…