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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Veterans Day is a way to honor those who have served and with that in mind, some area businesses are offering free meals and deals on Nov. 11. Bring valid military identification. For chain restaurants, call ahead to make sure the establishment is participating, and to see if there are restrictions. American Grille (7901 Seneca St., East Aurora) invites active and reti…

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1) Dirty Heads, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $24 in advance here or $28 day-of show. Commentary: Rapids Theatre continues its stellar run of bookings with this six-piece reggae band from Huntington Beach, Calif. Dirty Heads' sixth studio album, "Swim Team," was released less than a month ago, drawing praise for the b…

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs will become the latest food truck to add a brick-and-mortar location with its new Tonawanda restaurant. A former auto repair business at 707 Kenmore Ave. will become Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs' first restaurant. The target date is early 2018. "We couldn’t be more excited about this location for our first stand-alone restaurant. It is in our backy…

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Several area businesses will offer freebies and discounts to active and veteran military personnel this weekend as a small token of appreciation for their service. Proof of service is required. Participating businesses include: Tops Markets will grant veterans and active-duty military an 11 percent discount on their entire bill Saturday. The discount will also appl…

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Senor Tequila opened in September on Pearl Street, offering a familiar lineup of Mexican-American food, margaritas and more than 20 beers on tap. The restaurant, at 414 Pearl St., is owned by restaurateur Blas Zuniga and Denise Cotto, a former Internal Revenue Service accountant turned Mexican restaurant manager. Zuniga also operates the El Agave restaurant on Union Roa…

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The most popular American meal is the hamburger, and the most popular hamburger is McDonald's. Having the least-common-denominator hockey puck as a baseline makes offering a better burger a simple proposition. The standard burger experience breaks down into four categories: Meat, bun, toppings, fries. (I will brook no dispute on fries. Anyone who would argue that French…

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Concocting the craziest concession is a constant challenge for arenas across the country, and Delaware North and the Buffalo Sabres have placed two inside USA Today's For the Win's Top 10 bizarre eats. The cotton candy waffle cone, the featured item in Nick Veronica's wrap-up of the new menu items for the 2017-18 Sabres season, came in at No. 7, nudging the apple crumbl…

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It's National Cappuccino Day! Finally an excuse to drink excessive amounts of caffeine (not that anything stops us anyway). So don't put a cap on the number of cappuccinos you get to drink today. After all, who couldn't use a pick-me-up on hump day? And here are some local spots to check out in case you want to cafe hop: Sweet_ness 7 Cafe, 220 Grant St. This c…