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Danielle Sass is the sass and the baker behind the food truck Sassi Cakes. She founded her baking business in 2011 and added a food truck, of which she speaks very fondly, a few years later. Her original idea was to travel around Buffalo streets with a cake and ice cream truck, but when food trucks became popular she took that route and focused on cupcakes. Now you’ll f…

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Heavy rock band Mastodon formed 20 years ago when drummer Brann Dailor and rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher left Rochester and created Mastodon with lead guitarist Brent Hinds and bassist Troy Sanders in Atlanta. Mastodon's latest album, "Emperor of Sand," was the top-selling record across all genres the week it debuted, beating out artists such as Drake and Ed Sheeran. F…

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If you’re looking for a good excuse to enjoy a great burger, here are two. First off, May is National Burger Month, and secondly, South Buffalo’s Doc Sullivan’s features $5 burger night every Wednesday. A five-spot will get you Doc’s house burger, which is a half-pounder. Every week, owner Tommy Cowan and his kitchen staff also get creative and debut a unique burger of …

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Ask Tony Sunzeri where he got his restaurant experience and he’ll tell you he grew up in a restaurant – right in his mother’s kitchen. She was fondly known as Aunt Millie to all of the family members she fed at her home on a regular basis. In 1987, Sunzeri, along with his mother and two cousins, officially opened a restaurant for the public, called Aunt Millie’s, in Irv…

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Hello, Dream Delivery Service? I'd like to order one large dream, extra surreal, with a side of light fear. Throughout May, strange as it may seem, Buffalonians will be able to make a similar order -- though perhaps not quite so specific -- via an unorthodox public poetry project conceived by the poet and artist Mathias Svalina. He will be taking requests from locals…

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When Kate Welshofer was in middle school at Perry Central, she came home very upset from a Career Day. Classmates said they planned to be a teacher, nurse, veterinarian and firefighter when she didn't have a clue about her future. "I told my mother 'I don't know what I am going to be when I grow up,'" Welshofer recently explained. "She said, 'It is all right if you h…

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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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Artisan pizza washed down with a craft beer or a strip steak paired with a fine wine - take your pick at O.P. Social Tap & Grille, which opened in Orchard Park at the end of 2015. The local establishment, at the site of the former David’s Grille, is owned by David Hart of Hart Hotels and Peter Krog of Krog Corp. General manager Mark C. Strzyz says it’s his goal to p…

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A Buffalo couple flees the snow and opens a pub in paradise where the only thing freezing is their ice cold beer. That sums up the story of Kathy and Tim O’Connell, the owners of Overseas Pub & Grill in Marathon, Fla., situated right along the Overseas Highway, about halfway between Key Largo and Key West. After vacationing in the Florida Keys for decades, they even…

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You can go out to eat or you can go out to dine. There’s definitely a difference and it’s evident at Webster’s Bistro & Bar in North Tonawanda. Barb Hughes and her husband, Kevin, own the French bistro known for its bouillabaisse and seven-layer chocolate cake. But it’s Barb’s distinctive approach to dining that truly makes the restaurant stand out. As senior sal…

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Die-hard people huddled in cars eating lunch. Brave souls trying to enjoy spring sunshine despite Lake Erie wind chills in exchange for a taste of summer. These are typical scenes this time of year at Red Top in Hamburg. That’s the way it’s been since 1946 when the original founder returned from the war and opened the hot dog stand. Today, Dennis McNaney and his daughte…

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When Teddy and Hanna Robieniek came to the United States from communist Poland with just two suitcases and $100, they could not have predicted their future success. They were forced to leave behind their children, Ania Duchon and Monika Poslinksi, with family as they set out to achieve the American dream. They began working at the Broadway Market and eventually were reu…

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Betsy Carmichael was born out of crisis. In 2015, as O'Connell and Company prepared to stage "The Queen of Bingo," they received a cease-and-desist letter from the show's authors, who objected to the fact the company planned to cast two men in roles meant to be played by women. On the fly, instead of canceling the show, Buffalo performer and writer Joey Bucheker got …

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For the first time in a while, Brett Tutor had no travel delays when he flew across the country this week. He landed in Buffalo just after 5 p.m. Thursday, and two hours later was sitting at a stool at Local Kitchen & Beer Bar, relaxed and unfatigued. Snowflakes falling outside created a snow-globe effect on night-lit Chippewa Street. “I haven’t seen snow in three y…

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If you’re planning to visit the Broadway Market this Easter season, or anytime, go hungry. Margie Hawkins will be more than happy to feed you with massive portions at her year-round stand, Margie's Soul Food. While fried chicken and pork chops are tasty, you’ll also have the chance to try unusual, hard to find dishes like pigs feet or oxtail. You’ll often find four gene…