> Mums the word
Put those fall chores on hold. It's time for the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens' annual Chrysanthemum Show, now through Nov. 13.
The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tickets are $8; seniors 55 and older, $7; students 13 and older with identification, $7; kids 3-12, $4. Children under age 3 and members are admitted free.
The Gardens are located at 2655 South Park Ave. For more information, go to buffalogardens.com or call 827-1584.
-- Susan Martin
> New at the Rue
The Rue Franklin, Buffalo's most revered French restaurant, is changing hands.
The good news for its fans is that little should change inside. Owners Joel and Andree Lippes are turning the restaurant they've run for 40 years over to a younger couple, 30-year-old chef Corey Kley and his wife, Cheryl.
Kley has worked the Rue Franklin for eight years, and helped manage the kitchen for five. Cheryl Kley will take over as hostess. The Kleys' first day in charge was Oct. 11.
"The only thing the guests will notice is my wife out front instead of DeDee," said Kley.
The menu, which he has helped shape in recent years, will "pretty much stay the same," he said. There may be small changes eventually, but "that's a ways away," he said.
In the Lippeses' hands, the Rue Franklin, 341 Franklin St., has remained among Buffalo's best restaurants for decades, a rare feat. Kley said the Lippeses will be consulting as needed.
All of the staff has stayed, "so everyone's favorite server is still here," he said. The kitchen staff is intact. "No one should be worried we're putting a flatscreen TV up or anything like that," said Kley. "It's a landmark in the Buffalo restaurant scene and we're not looking to diminish that in the least. It's going to be the Rue Franklin."
-- Andrew Z. Galarneau