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Buffalo Porchfest 1 to 6 p.m. at locations throughout the Elmwood Village. Shows are free to attend; here's a useful map for exploring. Craving acoustic on Norwood? What about Americana on Ripley Place? Those combinations and many more will take place Saturday afternoon, as the Elmwood Village Association presents its annual grassroots music festival, Porchfest. Bryant…

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Western New York's first entirely vegan restaurant has opened on Elmwood Avenue. Root & Bloom Café is currently serving customers in a large gazebo behind 423 Elmwood Ave., a building whose interior is currently occupied by Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate, a chocolate maker. Root & Bloom expects to move inside this fall, as the chocolate maker plans to move…

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Since my 16-year-old self started visiting Buffalo bars, Coles has always been there, looming in the background of my eating and drinking life. Especially the drinking. That could lead to eating, but not usually, as I rarely believed I had enough money for both, relying instead on the nutritional content of barley and hops. Coming through that battered front door and se…

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Enjoying live music on Tuesday evenings in the summer on a blanket with wine and snacks is a tradition for many in the Elmwood Village and beyond. The free Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert Series, presented by the Elmwood Village Association, returns for another year, running weekly from June 19 to Aug. 14. The Tuesday shows, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., take place o…

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Dave Barbara has a case of “patio anxiety” these days. As owner of Cecelia’s Ristorante on Elmwood Ave., he is anxious to open the patio, but at the same time, he knows it’s a long process that must wait until May. If it’s done properly, he will see twice the volume at the restaurant and must be prepared to handle it. There’s no need for patrons to worry though – you…

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Mezza is no more, as Nine29 moves its textbook continental menu into the former Middle Eastern restaurant at its namesake location of 929 Elmwood Avenue. Open seven days a week, the late-night kitchen has left the ethnic fare behind in favor of done-up but affordable bar staples with surprising housemade touches. Like its sister restaurant Hearth & Press, Nine29 …

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The former Elmwood Village Lebanese restaurant called Mezza has become Nine29, pivoting to American fare like cheeseburgers, subs and wings. The restaurant, 929 Elmwood Ave., is run by brothers Peter and Johnathan Eid, who are also proprietors of the Theater District's Hearth + Press. Both restaurants feature brick oven pizza, appearing on Nine29's menu in cheese, pe…

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When I want to eat light and bright, I head for the Middle East. Hummus, a puree of chickpeas enriched with ground sesame seeds and pointed up with garlic and lemon, is familiar to many. Fewer people venture to babaganoush, smoky roasted eggplant given a similar treatment. Lots of people like the ground chickpea fritters called falafel, especially the better versions, b…

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The new owner of Pano's is hoping to reopen the landmark restaurant on May 1 -- with essentially the same menu the old restaurant used for decades. Mark Chason, owner of Chason Affinity Cos., bought the restaurant at 1081 Elmwood Ave. from longtime owner Pano Georgiadis. He is seeking a special-use permit from the Buffalo Common Council Tuesday to reopen the restaura…

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Uniland Development Co. is seeking city permission to tear down a damaged 64-year-old warehouse on Hertel Avenue, just two months after demolishing a fire-ravaged structure around the corner on Elmwood Avenue. The Amherst-based developer is applying to the Buffalo Preservation Board for approval to "partially demolish or possibly entirely demolish" the 50,152-square-foo…

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During its quiet opening Thursday night, 727 Elmwood served craft beer in the same location Blue Monk once did. But unlike Blue Monk, its focus is on the neighborhood, said owner Kevin M. Brinkworth. “People are going to call it 'the old Blue Monk' because it’s iconic,” he said. “But we’re trying to brand 727 Elmwood for the location.” 727 Elmwood, named after its addres…

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Hero Burger is set to open Saturday on Elmwood Avenue. Owner Adam Sumlin said staff training is under way, and Friday will be a day to feed friends and family. At 11 a.m. Saturday, “We go live,” Sumlin said. The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant will be at 976 Elmwood Ave., corner of Bidwell Parkway, the former Zetti’s Pizza. The Canadian premium burg…

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The Black Swan Lounge has closed, and the owners are seeking to sell the business. The lounge and restaurant at 153 Elmwood Ave. opened in March, with an eclectic food menu and a cocktails list chockablock with science fiction references. “We’re looking into selling the business,” said Monique Fortunato-Lester, who opened The Black Swan with husband Bryan Lester. “We rec…

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As Joe’s Deli has cemented its reputation as a go-to spot for interesting sandwiches, the place has built a sizable clientele of regulars. In 2006 it opened at 1322 Hertel Ave., in space that was formerly Mastman’s Deli. A catering company followed, then a second location at 534 Elmwood Ave. Along the way, a noticeable number of people started using Joe’s Deli as an exte…

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Yeah, they’re selling pumpkin spice donuts at Tim Horton’s. Yeah, your neighbor is closing up the pool. Yeah, the first day of class is looming like a lake-effect cloud.But no, summer is not over. We know this because we have yet to reenact one of the most crucial annual rites of the season: This weekend’s 16th annual Elmwood Festival of the Arts, which is expected to draw…