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Veteran chef becomes sole Daniels owner

Daniels is a chef-owned restaurant once more.

Executive Chef Scott Donhauser became sole proprietor in May, after buying out his other partners. “Business has been great and people are trusting us (to) do the things that Chef Daniel perfected over 23 years,” Donhauser said via email.

The Hamburg restaurant, placed on Western New York’s fine-dining map by founding chef-owner Daniel Johengen, has continued its wine-tasting dinners, including a six-course Asian-inspired menu with wine pairings on June 28.

Hamburg fine-dining restaurant is under new ownership. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Hamburg fine-dining restaurant is under new ownership. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

An ahi tuna tasting spins the fish with wasabi cream, watermelon and tofu, and in a wonton crust. After a lemongrass ginger sorbet intermezzo, there’s duck breast with First Light Farm goat cheese polenta, avocado marble and passionfruit barbecue sauce, then wagyu sirloin with a smoked potato cake.

It’s $95 before tax and tip, and starts at 5 p.m., 174 Buffalo St., 648-6554.

Daniels has also announced that the restaurant will be closed for "maintenance and updates" from June 29 through July 7. It will reopen with normal business hours on July 8.

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