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Aro sets opening date for Spanish-style tapas bar

Aro Bar de Tapas plans to open March 1, giving Western New York its first Spanish restaurant in recent memory.

The restaurant, at 5415 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, has been shaped by owners determined to recreate the classic Spanish tapas bar experience, right down to the type of nails used on the long bar. Located in the Williamsville Place plaza, it will start out opening for dinner six days a week, closed Mondays. Lunch service will follow.

At dinner on March 1, diners who miss Barcelona can see how it worked out. Owners Jeremy Horwitz, and husband-and-wife chef team Scott and Monica Kollig, are presenting a menu loaded with classics. The door opens at 5 p.m. for limited walk-in seating, and OpenTable reservations.

Iberico ham and Spanish cheeses, and small plates like potato tortilla and salt cod fritters, lead off the menu. Medium plates include patatas bravas (fried potatoes with garlic mayonnaise and chile) and crispy eggplant with honey; large plates include arroz con pollo (crispy chicken confit, rice, saffron aioli) and seared bass with wine and apples.

The drinks menu includes custom cocktails and a selection of Spanish-style gin and tonics.

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