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Eventgoers celebrated Fat Tuesday and Valentine's Day (a little early) with a Fat Valentine's Party in Hotel Henry on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Drinks, dancing and free beads were among the highlights.

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Elmwood Avenue Lebanese restaurant Mezza closed after service Feb. 10, as its owners plan to refocus the restaurant downmarket. "We're changing the concept completely," said Peter Eid, who owns the restaurant at 929 Elmwood Ave. with his brother Johnathan. They also operate Hearth + Press, 665 Main St. "Having Lebanese cuisine over there was difficult for people to u…

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Brewing beer began as just a hobby for John Russo Jr. But when a friend suggested that he turn his hobby into a business, he and his dad, John Russo Sr., took the idea seriously. The Hamburg natives traveled around Western New York looking for the best place to build their own brewery. Then, they realized that the perfect spot was in their own backyard. "Hamburg defi…

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A new Mexican restaurant has opened where in the East Amherst plaza space formerly occupied by Chester's Cajun. Juanes Mexican Restaurant, 9416 Transit Road, opened in late January, said Daniel Paz, son of owner Juan Paz. It's a family restaurant, staffed by Paz's relatives, Daniel Paz said. They hail from Apozol, Zacatecas state in Mexico. His father has been runnin…

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If you feel a sense of accomplishment shredding all that junk mail you get, imagine how great it would be to shred your romantic frustration - and get free wings as a bonus. Well, imagine no more. The Anchor Bar in East Amherst is hosting its third annual "Shred Your Ex Party" to help raise your spirits. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) at the Anc…

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The Rizzo restaurant group has rebooted Rizotto, its fine-dining restaurant on Maple Road. Now named Rizotto Italian Eatery & Sweetery, the restaurant at 930 Maple Road reopened in January with a new look. "We redid the whole place," said Mike Rizzo, head of MPR Restaurants, which include Bianchetti by Rizzo's and and Schnitzel & Co. locations on Transit Road…

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For shoppers visiting the Whole Foods Market on Sheridan, there’s good news if you’re hungry for a taco or burrito on the fly. In January, the health food giant’s build-your-own takeout counter stopped serving falafel and hummus and had a makeover, transforming into the Taqueria, a Mexico-inspired meal station found at stores across the country. Everything on the main m…

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It hasn't happened, scholars point out, since 1945. It is sending shock waves through Buffalo's Catholic community. For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday – a solemn occasion that marks the start of Lent – falls on Feb. 14, the ancient feast of St. Valentine. The Catholic Church has relaxed somewhat since Vatican II in the early 1960s. But the rules of Ash …

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Resurgence Brewing Company Resurgence (1250 Niagara St.) will re-release its Irish breakfast stout in 16-ounce cans on Feb. 17. The brewery will also release an imperial version (9.5 percent ABV) in 22-ounce bottles. The stout is mildly sweet with notes of smoked bacon, maple syrup and coffee. The imperial version is aged in bourbon barrels to help blend and enhance the…

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Main Street Deli in Williamsville is the long-awaited venture of husband and wife duo Greg and Christine Gerard. The former Long Island residents opened their doors in November 2017 serving breakfast and lunch with a little downstate flair. Nestled next to Ellicott Creek in the heart of downtown Williamsville, the location is on prime real estate for foot traffic once t…

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We are nothing if not fastidious. With Lent on the horizon, we are concerned for our stomachs. How much fish fry can one person consume? It was then that we recalled passing by Route 5 Grill & Seafood. We had always meant to stop, so we did a little investigating for those looking for something other than a fish fry. Located in what was once Curt’s Stop In (and a…

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Eggsperience Vasilis is opening a second location on Main Street at West Ferry. The Greek-inflected family restaurant, to be called Eggsperience Vasilis Main, will be serving customers at 1526 Main St. Work on the restaurant is well under way, and the target opening date is March 31, said owner Vasilis Panagopoulos. His wife Chrystalia operates the first Eggsperie…

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One of the best family Mexican restaurants in town is working on expanding its reach with a food truck. Taqueria los Mayas, 3525 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, has purchased a vehicle for its mobile kitchen, and it's being readied for the season, said owner Jorge Anguiano. "We're working on it now, to get it on the road in early spring, hopefully," said Anguiano. The r…