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Venus opens 2nd store in Niagara Falls

An Egyptian restaurateur has opened his second Mediterranean grill in Niagara Falls, across the street from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Venus opened at 630 10th St. at the beginning of May, serving lunch and dinner. The space was previously Ricardo’s, but has been vacant for some time, said Venus owner Jack Adly.

Adly, who is Egyptian, said the Niagara Falls menu is the same as the original Venus, located in University Plaza, Amherst, across Main Street from the University at Buffalo.

There’s salads and subs, and Mediterranean specialties, including chicken and beef shawarma, chicken souvlaki, kofta, and gyro. Vegetarian offerings include falafel, hummus, babaganoush, and an Egyptian specialty called koshary. That’s rice, pasta and lentils topped with chickpeas, Egyptian tomato sauce, fried onions and garlic dressing.

So far, though, his biggest hit in Niagara Falls has been Greek fries, Adly said. That’s steak fries topped with tomato, onion, Greek dressing, feta cheese and garlic sauce. It’s $5.

(Here's a 2011 review of Venus' University Plaza location.)

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