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City Hallways (June 28) Deep South Taco pushes back opening


Site of the future Deep South Taco

Just a slight delay, says Deep South Taco owner
When I drove past the corner of Hertel and Starin this morning, I noticed work being done on the former Quick Lube building that's turning into a Deep South Taco. Owner Richard Hamilton initially said the indoor-outdoor restaurant would be open in July, but given the work that still needs to be done, that doesn't seem likely. I emailed Hamilton to find out what the current plan is.

The permit process with the city, including addressing concerns of neighboring residents, caused some delays, so a July opening is no long planned, he confirmed.

".... will probably be August," Hamilton wrote. "We are building away now. Going as fast as we can."

'Stronger Together'
The theme from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign -- "Stronger Together" -- could be heard at a City Hall ceremony Monday recognizing Buffalo's immigrant community.

"All of the parts make up a stronger whole," Mayor Byron Brown said at what was called the city's first Immigrant Heritage Month recognition celebration.

As part of the ceremony, Brown honored 10 members of the immigrant community who have been working with the Buffalo Police Department to develop a language access plan for immigrants.

Brown, by the way, is now state Democratic Party chairman and is working to help get Clinton elected. The mayor, I should note, has been talking about Buffalo's whole being stronger than its parts for a while now -- before "Stronger Together" became Clinton's campaign slogan.


Poll: Is the tower too big?


Artist's rendering

City officials recently approved construction of a 23-story tower on Buffalo's Outer Harbor amid criticism that the building is too tall, that its glass and metal design is unattractive, and that a 197-unit apartment building may not be the best use for the waterfront property on Fuhrmann Boulevard.

Given that, City Hallways wants to know what you think.

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As always, the poll will be up all week. Only one ballot per person, please.

Results will be posted next week.

Today's calendar items
Common Council committee meetings, starting with civil service and finance in the morning and followed by community develoment  and  legislation in the afternoon.

In today's Buffalo News and on, my colleague Lou Michel has story on concern in North Buffalo over registered sex offenders who moved into their neighborhood from West Seneca.

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