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STARBUCKS TO OPEN UNIT AT FORMER SARATOGA SITE

Starbucks is opening another store on Delaware Avenue, near Kenmore Avenue in north Buffalo, according to city planners.

The coffee shop at 2730 Delaware Ave. will be the Seattle-based company's third Starbucks in Buffalo and its 10th in the area. In addition to Starbucks, the 9,797-square-foot building will house another unnamed larger business, city officials said.

The stores will take the place of the Saratoga Restaurant and Bauer Radiator, whose buildings were demolished by property owner Benderson Development Co. to make room for the new businesses. Rex Burgher, a vice president of Benderson, was out of town on business and could not be reached to comment. Starbucks could not immediately provide any information about the new store, said Starbucks spokeswoman Cara McLauchlan.

The Saratoga closed Dec. 1, 2000, after a 53-year run as a mainstay for dining, parties and wedding receptions. It was a popular meeting site for business, civic and union groups, and a venue for many spirited political events and party elections.

The restaurant's owners sold the property at 2694 Delaware in November 2000 to two companies controlled by Nathan and Randall Benderson, for $390,000. Benderson or Benderson-related companies also bought property at 2730 Delaware Ave. in February 2000 for a total of $275,000.

e-mail: lhaarlander@buffnews.com

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