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Louie Yannello serves all the food he grew up eating in his Italian household: stuffed peppers, artichokes, salads, pastas and breads. “I have my own style of cooking, but it all comes from my mother, mainly,” said Yannello, owner of Louie’s Deli & Imports. “She would tell me, ‘If you like to eat, you’re going to have to learn how to cook.’ ” His parents started …

Business

A new beer garden is just one of the changes that West Shore Brewing Company plans to make to draw in more customers and to keep them at the Clarence brewery longer. The owners of the brewery at 10995 Main St., just west of Antique World & Flea Market, have filed plans with the town to add a beer garden with outdoor seating and a game area just to the rear of the ex…

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Can two farmers markets compete in Clarence? Benderson Development wants to open a farmers market Wednesday evenings in its Eastgate Mall parking lot at 5183 Transit Road. A public hearing on the plan is set for April 25. But the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, an all-volunteer organization which has run a farmers market in the town for 15 years, is afraid Benderson'…

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Clarence construction contractor and developer Paul Bliss has completed his acquisition of the Buffalo Airport Inn in Lancaster following a foreclosure auction several weeks ago. Bliss, owner of Bliss Construction LLC, paid $1.35 million to buy the 88-room motel from Harjinder K. and Kabal S. Virk, through Singh Lodging Inc. Following the deal, he closed the motel, whil…

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Steuben Trust is hopeful of having its first Erie County branch open for business in June. The Hornell-based bank purchased a former First Niagara location in Clarence, at Main Street and Harris Hill Road, late last year for $405,000. The branch closed in 2016 after KeyBank's and First Niagara's networks were combined. Steuben Trust hasn't set a firm opening date for…

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The houses are coming, and the blueberries are staying. That was the takeaway this week when the Clarence Town Board gave the go-ahead for a project that would add a subdivision to the site of the U-Pick Blueberry Farm on Shimerville Road. The board earlier had rejected a proposed 36-acre, nine lot subdivision on two lots at 5685 and 5645 Shimerville Road because the…

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A plan to put a seasonal farmers market in the parking lot of the Eastgate Plaza on Transit Road got a tepid reaction Wednesday from the Clarence Town Board. James Bagioli of Benderson Development made the pitch during the board's regular meeting. He said the company has run a similar market for the past 10 years in the Tops Market parking lot in East Aurora. If the pla…

Food and Drink

There was no shortage of restaurants at the northeast corner of Main Street and Transit Road before This Little Pig opened in July. Brennan's Bowery Bar, Tully's Good Times and Old Country Buffet surround it. Yet almost since opening, reservations are necessary at peak hours. A quick scan of the menu didn't crack the code. Wings, pizza, meatballs, salads, a cheeseburger…

Bisons and Baseball

Former Clarence High pitching star Mark Armstrong, selected out of high school by the Reds in the third round in 2013, has retired from baseball. Armstrong confirmed Tuesday that his pitching arm didn't respond well after undergoing three surgeries, the latest to remove bone spurs. As it turned out, Armstrong made a wise decision to turn down a scholarship to Pittsburgh…

High Schools

Returning 2017 NYSPHSAA individual champions Three-position kneeling – Kiersten Mucha (Lancaster). 2017 Section VI team champions 30-shot standing – Alden, Three-position – Kenmore. Returning 2017 Section VI individual champions 30-shot standing – Mucha (Lancaster); Three-position aggregate – Sarah Golas (Alden); Three-position standing – Golas (Alden); Thre…

Business

Uniland Development Corp., one of the region's biggest commercial real estate firms, is negotiating with the owner of the Eastern Hills Mall about taking an investment stake in the Clarence retail center as part of a potential redevelopment. L. Robert Lieb, chairman and CEO of Mountain Development Corp., confirmed that his company is talking to the Amherst-based develop…

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A relocated Domino's Pizza plans to move into a new retail building with a drive-thru on Transit Road across from Transit Valley Country Club. Crews broke ground a month ago on the 8,500-square-foot, single-story building at 6031 Transit Road, the site of the former Buggy Wash car wash, said Bevilacqua Development CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua. The building shell should be fi…

Food and Drink

If you go to This Little Pig, you’ll probably have trouble deciding what to order. While pork and pierogi is the top seller, housemade mac and cheese sounds enticing and a peek at the pizzas will make your mouth water. Owners Mandy and Jeff Cooke met while working on a riverboat in Missouri. They moved back to Jeff’s hometown about 12 years ago and continued to work in …

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A 15-month-old real estate brokerage firm started by a Miami transplant is growing so rapidly that it's opening a new office on Main Street that is eight times the size of its former suite. Own NY Real Estate, founded by Jody Desnoyers in November 2016, started with a small team but now has 12 agents, with three more slated to join in February. The firm, which completed…

Food and Drink

A restaurant called TCB, which stands for "tacos, community and beer," has opened in Clarence. The restaurant, at 6449 Transit Road, has the taco part of business going, with the beer and drinks coming later. "We are waiting on our liquor license, but are serving lunch and dinner," said manager Jeff Young. A cocktail lineup, plus beer and wine, is on the way, he s…