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It doesn’t take much to get Joey “Coco” Diaz going. During a recent phone interview, the R-rated comedic storyteller fondly recalled his Buffalo connections, from prison to pierogi. “I always thought Buffalo was a very cool city,” he said. “It’s my type of comedy town because it’s a blue collar town.” Diaz hosts “The Church of What’s Happening Now…

An Anchor Bar franchise is planned for the former Fuddruckers building at the corner of Maple and Sweet Home roads in Amherst. The 250-seat restaurant will be the largest Anchor Bar restaurant so far, said Mark Dempsey, Anchor Bar vice president. The franchisees “hope to open by mid-June to July, something in that range,” if all goes as planned, Dempsey said. It woul…

If you ever wondered what Hutch's would serve as an old-school Buffalo bar, your answer is at Nye Park Tavern. At 1672 Elmwood Ave., the former Papa Jake’s has been scrubbed and polished, with respect. The wooden floors have been refinished, and rediscovered windows now give the rear room more light. Owners Mark Hutchinson and Mike Haefner were aiming for a new place t…

Honey’s restaurant in Niagara Falls will be reopening as Buffalo Wing Joint and Public Urban Bar (P.U.B.). Buffalo Wing Joint owner Candice Creamer was general manager for the former Honey’s, located at 6560 Niagara Falls Blvd. Former owner Larry Pacifico’s exit from the business gave her the chance she’s been waiting for, she said. “I’ve always had the goal of…

Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant has carved its name into Buffalo wing history since it opened in 1985. Besides its role as a haunt for a past generation of wing-loving Buffalo Sabres, Elmo’s deserves notice for the mastery of a particularly popular twist on Buffalo wings: the Cajun wing.Adam Blake, now a manager at Elmo’s, said that he helped develop one of the first Cajun s…

It will be hard to miss the pungent scent of frying chicken wings this weekend in downtown Buffalo. Heck, 30 tons of wings -- that's 60,000 pounds! -- have been delivered by truck to Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field for Wing Fest, which runs Saturday and Sunday. If you're a local TV watcher, you've probably already seen "Wing King" Drew Cerza, the festival's founder, gallivantin…

Doc Sullivan’s, the South Buffalo tavern known for its “Smitty's style” wings, is getting freshened up under new owners – but the Smitty's wings will stay the same. “The wings are going to stay exactly the same, and we’ll expand the menu a bit and add some wings for people who don’t like Smitty’s,” said Thomas Cowan, who bought the place with a partner. …

Rochester is getting another one of Buffalo's most famous restaurants. Duff's Famous Wings, which is always in the conversation about the best chicken wings in Buffalo, is opening a location in suburban Brighton, WHEC TV reported. The restaurant will be in the former Friendly's restaurant at 2425 West Henrietta Road. The chain's website says simply: "Coming 2015: Duff's …

Anchor Bar Williamsville 7662 Transit Road, Buffalo, NY 14221 anchorbar.com • Facebook Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. and 9 to close. $4 craft beer; $3 well drinks; 2.75 domestic drafts. $5 select appetizer including deep fried pickles, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, garlic …

When John Rooney and Laurie Kutas opened a restaurant in East Aurora 13 years ago, they decided not to sell chicken wings.“We refused to get involved with wings, out of respect to the other restaurants in town,” said Rooney. With Kutas, he opened Tantalus, which became Medici House in 2013, and Theas, an Ethiopian place and sister restaurant next door. After …

What do Osaka, Japan; Lyon, France; and Buffalo share in common? A place on National Geographic Travel's top 10 list of best food cities in the world. According to the report, which was originally published in National Geographic's book, "The World's Best Cities," the urban areas were evaluated by what dish they created and shared with the rest of the world. (Note that Bu…

Let's get one thing clear right up front: Steven Gedra has a thing for feet too. And tails, ears and organs, truth be told. An early hit at his previous restaurant, Bistro Europa, was a feast centered around a pig's head. Kidneys and brains and stuffed pig trotters have sold out as specials. At The Black Sheep, his new place at 367 Connecticut St., whipped spiced lard is …

Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar 253 Allen St. Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday includes $3 beer pints and clam specials. Specials: $3 pints and half off wings during Sabres and Bills games. Hours: Open at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sundays. Open 365 days a year until 4 a.m. The Scene: Hip Allentown destination with interesting clientele. What…

Two very telling events occurred within minutes of my arrival to the new Anchor Bar on Transit Road in Williamsville. One of them tells a lot about me, the other about the establishment, which is the second (not counting the airport) Western New York location for the world-famous wing restaurant. First came embarrassment. While making my way onto the sidewalk to the front…

From the day it opened, Vera Pizzeria (220 Lexington Ave.) has worked to make sure it could not be mistaken for another Buffalo bar. The stylish little room is one spot in town where a customer’s request for a Miller Lite will go unsatisfied. So when owners asked Chef Karl Wyant about getting some wings on the food menu, he wasn’t going to drop some chicken digits in …