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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…

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Left Coast Taco is nestled in a sleepy plaza on Oakwood Avenue in East Aurora, a block removed from a bustling stretch of Main Street. Identified by a simple sign reading "TACOS" along the top of the building, the tiny takeout-friendly restaurant is actually tough to miss. Run by the operators of 42 North Brewing Company's in-house restaurant, Root's Kitchen, Left Coast…

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Emily's Family Diner in Clarence is the kind of place where you can stick a quarter in a gum ball machine, see "God Bless America" on the wall and buy a Tootsie Pop on your way out the door. To eat here is to revisit a simpler time, a time before free-range eggs were a thing, gluten was a craze and non-GMO a buzzword as much as a religion. Sometimes it’s nice reversin…

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Any mom knows how difficult it is to eat healthy, take care of a family and run a household. For Kyle Orlando, add running your own business into the mix. But when the business features healthy, organic food, it makes the health part a little bit easier. Orlando and her husband, Joseph, took over Organic 3 Café, at 4446 Main St. in Amherst, from the original founder…

Family

Inclusive fitness classes, a Tuesday evening healthy eating presentation, and a Saturday community living tour in the Northtowns are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition, and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Senior Yoga Fit: 10 a.m.; and same time Wednesday, Jewis…

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What’s worse than footing the bill when your entire family goes out to dinner? Footing the bill when your kids have only eaten two bites of their meal. That’s why I prefer, whenever possible, not to pay for their meals at all. Fortunately, we’ve got a slew of places in Western New York that offer “kids eat free” specials when you dine in and buy an adult me…

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Alternative Brews, the area's first bar dedicated to craft beer, will close after 22 years. The growth of competition in the booming local craft beer industry hasn't helped business, but in the end owner Paul Madsen just wanted to do something else, he said. "It's been 22 and a half years, six or seven days a week," he said. Plus he got divorced, then met someone he …

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CoreLife Eatery, a fast-casual restaurant chain that touts its healthy food options, will open in Amherst later this month. The CoreLife at 1595 Niagara Falls Blvd. will open Nov. 25. The restaurant will host a pre-opening, "pay what you choose" day for guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22, with proceeds benefiting the Buffalo City Mission. This is the second CoreLi…

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Got a craving for Sinatra's lasagna? Just a few more weeks to go. After months of construction, the new Sinatra's restaurant in the Village of Kenmore is slated to open in December, just before the holiday season and in time to greet its loyal customer base. That's the word from developer Nick Sinatra, who is building a three-story mixed-use building at 945 Kenmore Ave.…

Food and Drink

Lloyd Taco Factory's Williamsville location will open next 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…