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The next project set for the northwest corner of Transit Road at Main Street in East Amherst is a major departure from the former TGI Fridays. My Dad's Market and Restaurant, a venture of Falconer-based Lewis & Son, Inc., is expected to open in mid-April at 6850 Main St., according to a press release. Plans for the sprawling space include a restaurant with organi…

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A relocated Domino's Pizza plans to move into a new retail building with a drive-thru on Transit Road across from Transit Valley Country Club. Crews broke ground a month ago on the 8,500-square-foot, single-story building at 6031 Transit Road, the site of the former Buggy Wash car wash, said Bevilacqua Development CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua. The building shell should be fi…

Amherst

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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Nick Klentos, whose family ran the Wehrle Diner until selling it last year, has opened Aperitivo, a new upscale casual place on Transit Road. The 85-seat restaurant at 9430 Transit Road, East Amherst, opened for business in a recently-built plaza on April 14. It’s not an Italian restaurant, despite the name, Klentos said. It’s a New American restaurant with some Mediterr…

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Santora’s Pizza Pub & GrillWhere: 7800 Transit Road, Amherst (634-6000, santoras.com)Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.Scene: Suburban escape on busy Transit Road.Patio: Covered bar with fire pit area, couch seating in the sun, two dining sections.Dress: Flip flops to wedge sandals. Bar: Featured beers of the mont…

Erie County

Have you, or someone you love, begun to exhibit symptoms of advanced beer nerdery? Do you keep a list of beers you’ve tried, or found yourself discussing the merits of varietal hops without a frosty brew in hand? Then I would prescribe research before you set foot in Griffon Gastropub. It sells almost 100 beers on tap, from Pabst Blue Ribbon through a United Nations of wor…

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Salvatore’s Italian Gardens is known for a lot of things. Craft cocktails has not been one of them. The restaurant, banquet hall, hotel and Western New York standard for opulent decor teeters dangerously close to the edge of gaudy. Visitors can – and do – get lost in its many gold and brocade-draped rooms, and it has long been a destination for weddings, anniversaries and …

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On busy Transit Road sits a delicious slice of pita bliss. Priding itself on serving authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, Pita Gourmet will give you your Greek craving even when you’re in a rush. When I arrived, I noticed a seating area available to stay and enjoy your meal at the restaurant. I was immediately greeted by friendly staff, ready to answer any questions …

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Tavern at Windsor Park, 8444 Transit Road, Amherst, opened March 6. It’s a rare English-style pub in a market dominated by Irish versions. “We’ve had great crowds so far,” said Keith Morgan, former longtime manager at Buffalo Brew Pub. Scotch eggs, steak and ale pie and bangers and mash are on the menu, and his chef makes the pies at the English Pork Pie Company's kitche…

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The wings never make it to the table when I roast a chicken. Covered in cracker-crisp skin, they’re the best part, so I tear them off for myself as the cook’s reward. During a recent visit, I discovered that Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza sells such treats by the plateful, no chicken mauling required. Marinated in lemon, herbs and spices, lighter than your deep-fried standards, …

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A former Perkins on Transit Road in Amherst will become an English-style pub by March 1. Tavern at Windsor Park, at 8444 Transit Road, will be run by Keith Morgan. He helped open the Buffalo Brew Pub, the area’s first brew pub, in 1986, where he was general manager until last year. It’ll hold 180 seats, a full bar, and kitchen serving an English-centric tavern menu. He’s…

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Two very telling events occurred within minutes of my arrival to the new Anchor Bar on Transit Road in Williamsville. One of them tells a lot about me, the other about the establishment, which is the second (not counting the airport) Western New York location for the world-famous wing restaurant. First came embarrassment. While making my way onto the sidewalk to the front…

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Anchor Bar is opening a new front in the wing wars of Transit Road on Wednesday. Duff’s and Quaker Lube already have restaurants near the Eastern Hills Mall. Now a 150-seat Anchor Bar restaurant is joining them, at 7662 Transit Road. The Amherst site, on the west side of the thoroughfare, opens for lunch at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interest is high, said Michael Schiappa, who …

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Sun Restaurant, Kevin and Stephanie Lin’s Burmese restaurant at 1989 Niagara St., will be closing for three weeks or so to upgrade the kitchen systems and dining room seating. “Recently I got customer complaints about timing,” Kevin Lin said. “Delays, service is slow.” So he’s investing in a more powerful kitchen and better customer amenities. The restaurant will close W…