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The building that formerly housed Fortunato's Restaurant is about to be reborn – as Riverside Place. Tina DeJesus is seeking Buffalo Common Council approval to re-establish a restaurant at 1083 Tonawanda St., directly across from Riverside Park. The 5,946-square-foot, two-story building has a fully equipped restaurant and bar that seats 90 on the ground floor and a s…

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One of Buffalo's most popular pizza places may add a brewery to its operation. The owners of Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill bought a former Doodle Bugs daycare center at 7790 Transit Road, next door to one of the two existing locations for the restaurant. Acting through Santora's Phase II LLC, they paid $700,000 to Albert Bluemle's One Fusion LLC, which has owned it si…

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Buffalo food bloggers Donnie Burtless and Alli Suriani are mothballing the BuffaloEats.org website, which the couple founded in 2009 and built into Buffalo’s leading independent food resource. With help from a crew of contributors, the husband-and-wife team published 1,700 blog posts, mostly about restaurants and food in Western New York. In addition, Burtless and local r…

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A new Chinese and pan-Asian restaurant named Crystal Asian Cuisine has opened in the former Uncle John’s No. 1 space, 267 Grover Cleveland Highway. Owner Jack Lin, who also owns Chopsticks on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, opened up the adjoining space, formerly a laundromat, for a new dining room. The menu has been expanded as well. It includes a combination…

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For years, I’ve searched for Western New York’s best barbecue. My hunt has taken me from Lockport to Angola. Some of the local barbecue is outstanding, but some is not, and I’ve swallowed my disappointment many times. The search continues. When I learned of a stand serving its own smoked brisket and pork at the Hamburg Farmers Market, I had to check it out. On Saturday, I…

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The Black Market Food Truck and Mexican chef Victor Parra Gonzalez, who runs Youngstown's Jaguar at the Bistro, will team up for a one-night menu next Monday. The menu includes lengua tacos, pork pibil tortas, braised octopus with romesco sauce and fava beans, and atole, a corn drink. Dessert will include doughnuts filled with ancho chile ganache. The one-night menu will…

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Tabree owner Bryan Bryndle is overhauling his Snyder fine dining restaurant. Starting April 14, the menu will be refocused to French steakhouse. Bryndle is considering a new name, Entrecote, to reflect the change for his restaurant, at 4610 Main St. Entrecote is a French term for a cut of sirloin steak. “We’re going to lose the American-slash-Italian cuisine that we pick…