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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs is opening its new restaurant next month, introducing the Washington, D.C. specialty "half-smoke" sausage along with its standard lineup. "We're pretty much in the home stretch," said Paul Tripi, who owns the outfit, one of Buffalo's most popular food trucks, with his twin brother Frank. "I don’t have an exact start date, but it looks like early J…

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Kentucky Greg’s has closed for good. Or for ill, if you're a barbecue fan. The restaurant, at 2186 George Urban Blvd., Depew, had been a reliable dispenser of smoked meats for 21 years. Owners Greg and Pamela Englehardt, who have been hands-on operators since the beginning, entertained offers for the restaurant last year but did not reach a sales agreement. “That …

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A Dominican restaurant called La Casa de Sabores opened near Buffalo State College in late April. The restaurant, at 1 Letchworth St., is the first place in Buffalo specializing in the flavors of the Dominican Republic. Owner Carlos Cabrera was born in the United States to Dominican parents. He's tried Buffalo's versions of Caribbean dishes, such as the Puerto Rican …

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A new bar-restaurant in Medina aims to please eyes as well as palates with a unique sculpture of the Erie Canal that runs through the dining room, serving as bar and table tops as well as decor. The interior of Mile 303, 416 Main St., has a turquoise stream flowing through it that rises and dips, echoing in an abstract way the topography of the canal. It's made of hard …

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Lackawanna's Mess Hall is changing its basic lineup by adding a sandwich series, naming choices after numerous Lackawannans. The restaurant, 717 Ridge Road, is located across the street from Lackawanna City Hall and the Lackawanna Police Department. If you walk in and ask for Lt. Lalka, the Mess Hall will hook you up with a combination of salami, capacolla, prosciutt…

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Dobutsu, one of the year's most anticipated restaurants, has set its opening at 500 Seneca St. From James and Connie Roberts, the husband and wife behind Toutant, Dobutsu aims to become the city's premier seafood restaurant. After lengthy construction delays, Dobutsu, inspired by Pacific cuisine, should open May 1. Sure, there's lots of meat on the opening menu, i…

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Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

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Barrel + Brine, Buffalo's homegrown pickle and fermented foods operation, is preparing to open a new location that includes a café and taproom. The growth in demand for its beet caraway sauerkraut and other products prompted the search for a bigger space, said R.J. Marvin, who owns the company with his wife Lindsey. Barrel + Brine will be fermenting its kombucha in the …

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Dos Amigos restaurant, on the Lake Erie shore in Hamburg, has emerged from a three-month shutdown with new décor and a menu that's lost most of its Mexican accent. The operators of Lucia's on the Lake debuted a deep Mexican menu at Dos Amigos, 3800 Hoover Road, last June. "We didn't know how ambitious it was, and it was hard to get the food out," said operating partn…

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Mulberry Italian Ristorante won't be opening a sister restaurant in Snyder after all. "We're not doing it," said Joe Jerge, a Mulberry owner. "I'm really disappointed." Asked what happened to negotiations with the space's leaseholder, Jerge declined to comment. Announced in August, the new Mulberry was originally set to open at 4548 Main St., the former Squire on …

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Aldo Evangelista is gone, but La Hacienda will live on. The Niagara Falls restaurant at 3019 Pine Ave. will be operated by the famed Niagara Falls restaurateur's family, with a planned reopening Wednesday. "Nothing's changing," said Donato Evangelista, Aldo's son. From the food to the staff, everything will be as Aldo left it, Donato said. After being diagnosed wi…

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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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With the opening of Pho Kim Chi Feb. 7, Lackawanna now has its own full-fledged Vietnamese restaurant. Formerly Daisies Cafe, the spacious rooms at 2711 South Park Ave. can seat more than 100, said owner William Mai. Mai is an experienced restaurateur, who last opened Pho Dollar, a Vietnamese restaurant on West Ferry Street, before selling it last year. His restau…

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The Rizzo restaurant group has rebooted Rizotto, its fine-dining restaurant on Maple Road. Now named Rizotto Italian Eatery & Sweetery, the restaurant at 930 Maple Road reopened in January with a new look. "We redid the whole place," said Mike Rizzo, head of MPR Restaurants, which include Bianchetti by Rizzo's and and Schnitzel & Co. locations on Transit Road…