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Restaurant Notes: Thin Man Brewery, Hyderabad Biryani House, Falafel Bar

Thin Man Brewery, Mike Shatzel’s Elmwood Avenue brewery-restaurant, is set to start selling food by next week.

The restaurant’s crew is practicing on friends and family this week, Shatzel said. If all goes well, the public could be welcome this weekend.

Bacon nubs, fried chicken livers and duck rillettes are among the appetizers in chef Bruce Wieszala’s opening menu, subject to revisions. A pork belly banh mi and a Tokyo Burger, topped with bone marrow, pork belly, gruyere cheese, a fried egg and more, are sandwich choices.

Large plates include housemade sausage, meatloaf and roast chicken. Vegetables include roasted beets, broccolini and mushrooms.

Thin Man’s beer operation, led by Rudy Watkins, will be ready in another few weeks. In the meantime, there will be plenty of draft beer available, from breweries in New York State, Europe and elsewhere. The 240-seat restaurant, at 492 Elmwood Ave., can offer up to 24 beers from its two bars. The space, formerly occupied by Faherty’s and Toro, is owned by developer Rocco Termini.

There will be free parking for Thin Man across the street in the Gallagher Ramp, Shatzel said, for customers who have their parking receipts stamped by restaurant staff.

Clarence Indian: Hyderabad Biryani House opens Wednesday, bringing specialties of the southern Indian state of Telangana to Clarence.

The restaurant at 5445 Transit Road will start serving food at noon, said Ravi Atluri, husband of owner Bhargavi Godavarthi. Its opening menu includes an extensive collection of breads, curries and rice dishes, plus numerous dishes not currently represented on area Indian menus.

Mirchi bajji ($5.99) are green chiles stuffed with spices, then fried in chickpea batter. An Indian-spiced masala omelet ($3.99) includes chiles and cilantro. Hyderabad chicken dum biryani is a rice pilaf with chicken, eggs, yogurt sauce and chile gravy ($10.99).

Menu: Phone: 636-2255.

Falafel Bar closed: Falafel Bar, the popular Mediterranean restaurant in Amherst’s Northtown Plaza, has closed.

Owner Oded Rauvenpoor said he couldn’t keep his business open in a plaza destined for demolition. Plaza owner WS Development has planned a Whole Foods supermarket and plaza for the area.

The June 5 closing ended a 12-year run for Rauvenpoor’s restaurant, which served the Israeli chef-owner’s menu in spaces from Transit Road to Allentown. Its last address was 3047 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Rauvenpoor said his other spot, Fables Café in downtown Buffalo’s Central Library, will remain open. Falafel Bar dishes will appear as specials.

“We did not want to deal with the short notice from the landlord, which we’ve been dealing with for two years now,” Rauvenpoor said. “You cannot run a restaurant with no lease, 90 days notice.”

Before closing, the restaurant experienced its best two years, Rauvenpoor said.

Now he’s wrapping up details and trying to help his kitchen staff, many Iraqi and Palestinian immigrants, find new jobs.

MacGregor’s closed: MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room, 4350 Maple Road, Amherst, has closed.

“A bit overdue, this location is closed. Big thanks to all our loyal customers over the years,” said a tweet posted June 8.

– Samantha Christmann

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