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Well, it is a reopening of sorts. After a 29-month hiatus, the Shannon Pub has moved from its former location in Amherst to 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. The new restaurant features a huge hearth and fireplace and entertainment on many nights. On the lunch and dinner menus is chef Marty McDonough's Potato and Slow-Cooked Corned Beef Brisket. There are other Irish specialities, such as Shepherd's Pie and Guinness Stew, Bangers and Mash and Gaelic New York Strip Steak sauteed with Jameson's. Needless to say, the beer list includes Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's Irish Red, all on tap.

Wine and food dinner

A wine event will be held at 6:30 pm. Tuesday evening in Lotis, 1389 Delaware Ave.
The menu is an interesting mixture of contemporary and comfort foods: Lobster Bisque; Seared Foie Gras with Wild Mushroom Ragout; Jalapeno Lime Gelato intermezzo; Grilled Squash and Arugula Salad with Prosciutto Crisps; Braised Beef Short Ribs; Mashed Potatoes and Root Vegetables; and Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding.
The price is $60 per person plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 332-1074.

Moving on

Chef Norman Hart, the executive chef who opened Shanghai Red's on the waterfront, is moving back to his first love -- education.

Hart is joining the faculty of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to teach culinary arts.
It's a trip back home for the chef who was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pitsburgh before he moved to Buffalo. "I am going back to something I truly love," he says.
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