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The Mexican restaurant that is the last major tenant to occupy space in the former Shea's Seneca Theatre building in South Buffalo got a boost from the Buffalo Planning Board, which recommended approval of a use permit by the Common Council. Matthew Krupp, owner of Cantina 62, plans to move his Mexican taco restaurant from its current location – at 2723 South Park Ave. …

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South Buffalo's Conlon's Bar & Grill closed for good after service May 19. Owners Dan and Emily Conlon, who opened the bar at 382 Abbott Road in 2009, broke the news on the business' Facebook page May 9. Conlon's will continue to cater and host private events, the Facebook thread relayed, but regular bar and restaurant service has ceased. Reactions flooded Con…

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With all five commercial spaces leased and construction work proceeding on schedule, executives at Schneider Development are now hoping to get their new Shea's Seneca mixed-use complex opened and filled by September, even as they seek a tenant for the new Liberty Seneca across the street. Jake Schneider's company, which bought the historic former Shea's Seneca Theatre c…

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Western New York Maritime Charter School, fresh off moving its middle school to a new location in South Buffalo, is now planning a major expansion of that building to accommodate its high school and a new gymnasium. The nautically themed school worked with Ellicott Development Co. to purchase the former School No. 70, a two-story brick building at 102 Buffum St., just e…

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Matt Smith grew up on Downing Street in South Buffalo, within view of the neighborhood Dairy Queen. He remembers watching winding lines form outside the window of the chain ice cream shop in the summer months, as families had relatively few alternatives for a dessert run. Now, as Smith — a co-owner of Abbott Ice Cream (381 Abbott Road) with Ron Morris — peers out of the…

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Schneider Development is lining up tenants for the remake of the Shea's Seneca Theatre in South Buffalo – bringing a coffeehouse, bar, florist and taco restaurant to the historic building that will soon house 23 apartments. Public Expresso Coffee, run by Sam Scarcello, and Bottle Rocket, led by Billy Lewis and Nate Manna, will occupy two of the four remaining retail spa…

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The buyer of a South Buffalo commercial property wants to demolish the existing building at 2200 South Park Ave. and put up a Tim Hortons. Designed by William Schutt Associates of Lancaster, the proposed 1,776-square-foot Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop would have indoor seating for 28 guests, but no outdoor patio. Located between Ridgewood Road and Okell Street, on th…

Buffalo Police said Tuesday charges are pending in a case involving the alleged manufacturing of methamphetamine at a South Buffalo residence that brought police and the Buffalo Fire Department's hazardous materials team Monday to a Macamley Avenue home. During a news conference Tuesday, Lt. Jeffrey Rinaldo said the Buffalo Police's narcotics unit executed a search warr…

The Buffalo Police and Buffalo Fire departments, along with other emergency agencies, were reported to be at the scene of a possible meth lab operation on Monday evening in the first block of Macamley Street, between South Park Avenue and McKinley Parkway, in South Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department wrote on Twitter late Monday. Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. D…

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South Buffalo enthusiasts who gather this weekend for The Partners for a Livable Western New York Walk will do so along a thoroughfare remarkably made over since the last such walk two years ago. "Back then, we were focusing on the problem properties and some things that could be done on different points of the street," said Marc Pasquale, president of the nonprofit Sou…

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Sometimes Jerry Janan stops, even now, to contemplate the impossible. The gracious house in a quiet Williamsville neighborhood. The wife who's been at his side for 57 years. The family they built together. The teaching career. The buddies he golfs with. Even the last name that did not belong to him when he was born. "The big thing is," he said, "I feel like I've been…

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South Buffalo has a new barbecue joint. A&B BBQ, 368 Abbott Road, is a new project from the family that has operated Szaras Family Catering for decades. At this point it’s take-out only, but the place has only been selling smoked meat for a week. “We make our own sauce, a Kansas City style, with molasses,” said Allan Szaras. “We do pulled pork, brisket and ribs. We h…

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The Irish heartbeat cannot be found in the bottom of a pint of Guinness. It’s not revealed by a marching procession of politicians or via the aroma of boiled dinners; and it’s certainly not exemplified by a slew of stumbling locals clad in green costumes. It can be found in the stories and sounds of Ireland's music — and the members of South Buffalo’s Crikwater know it. …