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Kenmore Avenue action

O'Connell's Hourglass is planning to welcome summer with the first Cookout, under a tent in the restaurant parking lot, 981 Kenmore Ave., at 8 p.m. next Friday.

It's going to be a New England Style Lobster Bake that also features grilled steaks and Berkshire pork. The $50 per person ticket includes all you can eat and all the microbrews you can drink, as well as a live band to midnight. Visit or call 877-8788 for more info.

And, by the way, there's even more on the agenda. Owner/chef Kevin O'Connell Jr. and his Kenmore Avenue neighbors are working on more summer events, including a BBQ Challenge with Torches Restaurant, which is located right down the road at 1141 Kenmore Ave. Also, the restaurant plans a summer concert series and a Jimmy Buffett Beach Party for sometime in July.


At the terminal

Meanwhile, on Saturday the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. is holding an inaugural event of its own.

The first New York State Wine and Cidre Festival and Farmers' Market will run from 1 to 6 p.m. within the fabulous confines of the terminal, at 495 Paderewski Drive.

Four local restaurants -- Ulrich's, Samples, Steel Drum and Bistro Europa -- will present samples, as will more than 35 wineries and cider makers.

The admission charge for the fundraiser, which also includes entertainment, is $25. For more information, go to

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-- Janice Okun

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