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Dr. Joe Nowak faced a difficult choice. His brother, Buffalo architect Peter Nowak, died on an August night 18 months ago from diabetes, alone, at the Stuyvesant Apartments on Elmwood Avenue. Joe, a California dentist, traveled here with his wife, Shalan, to settle Nowak’s affairs. They found few possessions in the apartment, Shalan said, only Nowak’s “drawing boa…

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Douglas Jemal wasn't kidding when he said he's serious about redeveloping Buffalo's tallest building. Less than three weeks after Jemal first submitted his proposal, the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave the green light to his initial remake of One Seneca Tower, designed to reignite the plaza and lower levels with 183 residential apartments and a host of retai…

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In his decade traveling the nation as a National Football League running back, Fred Jackson knows what he wants in a steakhouse. Now the beloved Bills alumnus and two former teammates are investing in an effort to bring that kind of steakhouse to downtown Buffalo. Former punter Brian Moorman and cornerback Terrence McGee have joined Jackson as partners in SEAR, the steak…

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Black and brown cows. Wet walnut sundaes. Black and white ice cream sodas. New York Egg creams. These old-fashioned soda fountain favorites are among the menu offerings at Jerk’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, Buffalo’s first downtown ice cream parlor in decades. The ice cream shop, which opened April 16 at 523 Main St., joins newcomers Raclette’s and D’Avolio on…

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In the glitzy oldie “Downtown,” Petula Clark sang joyously of a mythical, magical city core. “The lights are much brighter there/You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares/When you’re downtown... things will be great when you’re downtown ... everything’s waiting for you!” That’s a song worth warbling again, because Buffalo’s downtown, after…

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Downtown grocery and food emporium Washington Market is getting a makeover from the son of its previous owners. Michael Khoury said he’s been changing the market at 461 Ellicott St. to better serve a new wave of downtown dwellers. “We’re giving the place a facelift, painting it and changing the lighting,” he said. Sandwiches and salad bar offerings will continue.…

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The owner of Soho Burger Bar is turning a place across the street into an Italian restaurant. Jay Manno said that the former City Tavern will become Frankie Primo’s +39 before the end of November, if all goes well. It'll be like Soho, he said: "Fine dining service and quality food in a fun, fast casual atmosphere." He expects to open with a menu of brick oven pizzas, …

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The downtown location of Ted’s Hot Dogs will harness digital technology to get hot dogs into customers’ hands faster. The restaurant, at 124 W. Chippewa St., is about half built, said Ted’s CEO Joe Drust. “We hope to open up the first or second week of November,” he said, “pending no other delays.” To cater to the downtown lunchtime crowd, Ted’s is instal…

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Eddie Brady’s was serving burgers in downtown Buffalo before serving burgers in downtown Buffalo was cool. Eddie Brady opened the place in 1990, and kept the lights on and the beer cold while buildings down the block crumbled. Now, following about $200,000 in renovations and a kitchen expansion, the tavern at 97 Genesee St. is offering an expanded menu for lunch and din…

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Pizza Plant will start hiring staff for its new downtown location next week. The restaurant at One Canalside, which faces the light rail tracks along the former Main Street, will need a crew of about 40, said owner Bob Syracuse. Interview sessions have been set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Syracuse said. At present it looks like about e…

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A downtown bicycling destination that’s also a bar? Why not?The ambitious project was envisioned by Sarah Schneider, co-owner of Merge Restaurant, who also bikes.“I feel like biking gave me my first real taste of independence as a child, and I’ve found that as I’ve continued biking around cities I’ve lived in as an adult, biking has continued to provide a sense o…

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The Washington Market on Ellicott Street is for sale. Mona Khoury said that after seven years, “we’d like to semi-retire,” she said. “We’re grandparents now, and it’s time to enjoy the grandkids.” The business, located at 461 Ellicott St., includes a deli and salad bar that draws a lunch crowd, and a solid catering roster, Khoury said. The 6,400-square-foot…