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Title: "Good Grids" // On view through Aug. 21 in 045 Crosby Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus The street grid is the primary building block of the American city, the source material from which much urban design and architecture flows. But there are good grids (think Buffalo) and not-so-good ones (think Scottsdale, Ariz.). In an ambitious exhibition creat…

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J.J.’s Casa di Pizza plans to offer its full pizzeria menu downtown, starting Aug. 15. The remodeled former betting parlor at 11 E. Mohawk St. will seat about 64 inside, with more in a large courtyard area on the Washington Street side of the property, said Jeff Jacobbi, an owner, with Jamie and James Jacobbi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered. The longtime Cas…

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Today, as part of a two-pronged public art project conceived by Jenny Kendler that we wrote about last month, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is launching a regionwide effort to distribute free wildflower seeds to Western New Yorkers. The seeds -- about a dozen varieties of wildflowers that do well in our climate -- will be available at 10 locations in decorated newspaper "…

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Elmwood Village favorite Nektar will be expanding under new owners, with a new menu and a new name. The restaurant’s patio will be enclosed for seating, adding about 800 square feet to its dining space, said Thomas Cowan, one of the new owners. If all goes well the restaurant, at 451 Elmwood Ave., could be open by the end of October, he said. It’s not clear yet what sort…

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There are a lot of great pizzas in Buffalo, but not like this one. O.G. Wood Fire is a pizza truck that makes Neapolitan style pizza in a wood oven. From my first taste, earlier this week, it's clear O.G. Wood Fire is offering a pizza Western New York lacked. Let me explain my terms. O.G. owner Jay Langfelder makes Neapolitan-style pizza, using Italian 00 flour for a dou…

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Big Ditch Brewing Co. is one of downtown Buffalo's newest hangout havens, a two-story space at the corner of East Huron and Ellicott whose garage-door walls open to the breeze on temperate days. That has helped keep it packed on summer evenings. The fact that the place serves a half-dozen or more beers brewed on premises doesn't hurt. When I stopped by for dinner recently…

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Marble + Rye, the much anticipated downtown restaurant from the founders of Black Market Food Truck, has started taking reservations. Tables are available at the 112 Genesee St. space starting July 22, via marbleandrye.net. The starting menu takes advantage of two pieces of cooking equipment that are unusual for Buffalo. Partners Christian Willmott and Michael Dimmer hav…

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If you thought famous restaurants like Ted’s and Chef’s launching food trucks meant controversy over Buffalo’s trucks was history, you haven't heard about Wienergate. One weekday lunch hour last month, Buffalo developer and restaurant owner Rocco Termini crossed Oak Street carrying a loaded tray of hot dogs. He was headed for the line at the Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs truck …

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Ted’s Hot Dogs will be joining Buffalo’s food truck fleet, with a mobile location in the works to start vending later this summer. “It should be on the street by the end of July, early August,” said Joe Drust, Ted’s chief executive officer. It’s a 22-foot Freightliner, similar to the truck Chef’s recently unveiled, Drust said. The truck hasn’t officially been named, but …

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Veteran Buffalo artist and designer Michael Morgulis -- famous among other things for coining the unofficial Buffalo motto "City of No Illusions" -- was featured in a Los Angeles Times story today. The piece, by John M. Gliona, talks about the artist's fervent commitment to his hometown in good times and bad: ...Morgulis was always more than slogans. Trapped in his studio…

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Artist: Anne Muntges // Exhibition: "Skewed Perspectives," on view through Aug. 9 in Big Orbit Gallery Walking into the miniature world Anne Muntges has created inside Big Orbit Gallery -- a 75-foot-long, black-and-white drawing spread across hundreds of three-dimensional objects -- feels a little like walking into your favorite children's book. The surroundings are at o…

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There's nothing occult about Midnight Mass, but there is communion, of sorts. It sure does draw true believers. Midnight Mass is the pop-up dinner series hosted by Steven and Ellen Gedra of The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St. It's been a sought-after ticket despite the fact that it serves people dinner at midnight Saturday, after most restaurants close. That's because i…