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According to any real estate chatter or local reporting, Hertel Avenue and its bordering streets make up the hottest neighborhood in Buffalo, with few empty storefronts or available single-family homes to be found. Newly opened shops, grocery stores and forthcoming food halls provide everything a walkable urban swath needs—and the fervor over its ongoing metamorphosis i…

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Checkers, one of Buffalo's most beloved neighborhood bars, has closed its doors. News spread after the bar's Facebook page announced the sad tidings for local drinkers Wednesday. There are plenty of places to drink on Hertel, but there was only one Checkers, at 1864 Hertel Ave. Here's how News columnist Jerry Sullivan put it while detailing his favorite Buffalo ba…

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The people behind Buffalo fine dining destination Ristorante Lombardo are opening a wine bar on Hertel Avenue. The site, 1197 Hertel Ave., was formerly Café Garangelo. The building is across the street from Ristorante Lombardo, established by the Lombardo family in 1975 at 1198 Hertel Ave. Third-generation restaurateur Thomas D. Lombardo is developing plans for the s…

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A taste of old favorites and new international flavors are planned for a "micro food hall" restaurant on Hertel Avenue. Paul Tsouflidis, of Acropolis OPA and Newbury Salads, is teaming up with Kevin Lin, of Sun restaurants, to open PK Eats at 1488 Hertel Ave. The restaurant will feature a best-hits compilation from Acropolis and Newbury Salads, and black rice sushi f…

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A fresh façade has come to the space that was formerly J&L Automotive on Hertel Avenue near the Delaware intersection. Opening in late January, The Garage Café & Lounge is the first step in an ambitious plan to convert the former auto-shop to a dining, drinking and entertainment destination. There's plans for a bar, live music lineup and open-air beer garden on …

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A yuletide or two ago, covering the 100 Things Every Western New Yorker should do at least once, we did our Christmas shopping on Elmwood Avenue. This year, we're hitting Hertel. Make no mistake, we'll find time for Elmwood too. You can't stay away. But Hertel Avenue, the jewel of North Buffalo, increasingly clamors for attention. The fun begins in earnest this weeke…

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The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

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The Buffalo-made film noir “The American Side” has its world premiere at 7 p.m. April 22 in the North Park Theatre. The indie mystery, filmed here in 2013, features a tangled plot involving a missing Nikola Tesla design, and has starring roles for iconic local backdrops including the mansion rooms of the Buffalo Club and Kleinhans Music Hall’s curving facade. The film, w…

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If you're a "Star Wars" fan who likes to dress up for the movies - in costume that is - then head to the North Park Theatre this weekend. The North Park (1428 Hertel Ave.) is showing "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" from March 18 through 24 and is hosting a costume contest at two of the screenings. Dress up as your favorite "Star Wars" character - classic or mo…

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Fresh pasta is a daunting task for restaurants, requiring significant investments. Sometimes it requires expensive equipment, but it always demands cooks skilled in forming its shapes and cooking them in the narrow time window fresh pasta allows. Here’s to places that make housemade pasta a priority. 1) Ristorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Ave., 879-4291 Pasta dish: Tonarel…

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The bar: Lloyd Taco Factory The breakdown: It takes a certain amount of style, talent and popularity to earn notoriety by one name. Banksy. Beyonce. Coolio. They’ve all done it — albeit without any of the tacos and tequila that has boosted Buffalo’s mononymously named Lloyd. Once solely attached to the city’s most popular fleet of food trucks, the Peter Cimino and Chris D…

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Not only is Feb. 9 Fat Tuesday and Paczki Day, but National Bagel Day. Why not add a few extra carbs to your routine? In the interest of research (and because we had nothing better to do) my 16-year-old niece Emma (and photographer for this story) hit up popular bagel joints to taste test bagels found there is an entire Saturday bagel culture out there — all the places we…

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If you are celebrating Fat Tuesday (Feb. 9) at home this year, have fun with dessert with a King Cake from Blackbird Sweets (1547 Hertel Ave.). We think the kids would especially like this. “What started as a Christian tradition in New Orleans is now enjoyed by everyone to celebrate Mardi Gras. I have had so many requests in the past, this year I decided to make them,” sa…

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Winter weather always brings out the “let’s cook something really good” in us. One of the things we love is making a dish using fresh pasta, especially a nice Bolognese. Not better or worse than dry pasta (just different), fresh pasta lends itself to dishes that have a more delicate sauce that’s more creamy, like fettuccine alfredo or a creamy mushroom sauce (with of cour…

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Buffalo loves its booze. But what if, for whatever reason, you’re going alcohol-free? Maybe you’re the designated driver. Maybe you’re under 21. Maybe you want to savor a fine coffee confection, a rich chocolate or a spicy tea without the distraction of that extra spike. You have some delicious options. Here are a few.• Romeo and Juliets (1292 Hertel Ave.; 873-5730), boast…