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1) Janet Jackson, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $32.45 to $122.45 and may be purchased here. Commentary: It's a big deal that Janet Jackson is playing Buffalo, especially if you're like News contributor Ben Siegel, who had his 11-year-old heart set on seeing his beloved performer back in 1993, when she canceled her area show at the last minute due …

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Acropolis OPA started its life as one of Buffalo’s Greek family restaurants before second-generation owner Paul Tsouflidis decided to shake it up. The building is scarcely recognizable from the street compared to a decade ago. The second floor went from an apartment to dining space, then, for a time, a DJ-powered dance floor. The first floor is more of a sports bar now, …

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Wings-and-weck favorite Bar Bill Tavern has started shipping its wings across America. The famously crowded restaurant will even send you a custom brush so you can apply the sauce just like the cooks do at 185 Main St., East Aurora. Orders are being taken at barbill.com but it's not cheap – 30 wings will set you back $99 including shipping. That's for 30 wings, 6 o…

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Morton's open: Morton’s The Steakhouse opened its new location inside the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel on Oct. 26. “We are thrilled to join the Buffalo community and look forward to offering guests an unrivaled dining experience with the finest cuts of beef in a sophisticated, dynamic atmosphere,” said Tim Whitlock, senior vice president of operations. The stea…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez, the Mexican chef behind West Side fine dining spot Las Puertas, will represent Buffalo in a Day of the Dead themed dinner at the James Beard House. On Nov. 1, Gonzalez, who also runs upscale taqueria Casa Azul with Zina Lapi, will join with five standouts in modern Mexican fare to deliver dinner in the Manhattan culinary showcase. Joining Gonz…

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The opening of El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant just outside the Village of Williamsville in Amherst, helped the area become a little brighter with the opening of its first authentic Mexican restaurant in the Evanstown Plaza. El Ranchito joins a number of eateries in the plaza serving ethnic food, including Thai (Thai Orchid Cafe, Korean (Woo Chon Korea House), Mediterran…

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Restaurateur Martin Danilowicz won't open a second place in downtown Buffalo as previously planned. The ground floor space at 5-7 Genesee St. is awaiting a new suitor, owner Steve Carmina told the city Planning Board last week. Carmina, an architect with Carmina Wood Morris, worked with developer Roget Trettel and others to rehabilitate the buildings, which face the …

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Roasty Alpaca on the move at CBW Community Beer Works (15 Lafayette Ave.) will release its Alpaca Porter in its taproom Nov. 10. Originally available only at Hydraulic Hearth in its satellite brewery, the 6.3 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) porter has developed a loyal following. The beer is dominated by roasty notes, with a sweet malt profile to balance the chocolat…

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Halloween is quickly approaching. Between kids hopped up on sugar and holiday parties, you might be in dire need of some recipe inspiration right about now. Since it's National Candy Corn Day, check out these recipes fused with candy corn themes. From salty and sweet to just plain sweet, these recipes are festive and fun. Homemade candy corn Ever wonder what's …

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Midtown Kitchen closed last week after owners decided to turn it into an event site. The restaurant and nightclub opened at 451 Elmwood Ave. in May 2016. "Starting on November 1, 2017, MTK Elmwood will be exclusively used as event space," said a note posted to its website. "Expect the same atmosphere but a brand new concept." Midtown Kitchen partners could not be …

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“The village is now open!” Thus proclaimed a Nickel Creek Cafe bar patron after Jason Pominville scored the first goal of the Sabres regular season. It took us a second to make the connection, but we did with a chuckle. When it comes to watching the Bills and Sabres, Nickel Creek Cafe gets it. Long before the puck dropped the young lad tending bar tuned all th…

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Hot honey bacon, Reuben-flavored sausage, soy ginger jerky and country fried steak to go - if you’re looking for a new spin on classic meat, pop into A&C Meat Company at 6472 Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg, which is also home to Country Club Catering. With the help of his parents, wife, daughter and brother, Steven Ceccarelli is celebrating two years behind the…

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At least two Western New York dental practices will allow kids who get candy for Halloween the chance to turn it in for cash. Dr. Michael Foley and his staff at Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry invite children and schools to exchange their Halloween candy for $1 per pound from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at offices at 205 Linwood Ave., 3476 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, or 3364 …

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A Mexican restaurant has taken over the Niagara Street space that was Ranchos Latin Food, Buffalo's only Venezuelan place. But fans of Venezuelan food should be cheered by the news that the new operation at 1516 Niagara St., Taqueria Rancho la Delicias, will continue to supply Venezuelan favorites in addition to Mexican fare. Owner Saul Sanchez said that the Venezue…

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The developer remaking the Northtown Plaza shopping center wants to construct six buildings around a central parking area and create a common green where customers could do yoga, watch movies and ice skate. The concept plan recently filed with the Town of Amherst is the first detailed look at WS Development's plans for the high-profile property on Sheridan Drive, which …