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Master's Barbecue to open beside Hamburg bowling alley

Master's Barbecue Company is opening a restaurant next to Braymiller's Lanes in Hamburg.

So far, Master's Barbecue has been providing catering services, centered around marinated grilled chicken and slow-smoked barbecued meats. In April, that food and more will be available in a retail space at 43 Buffalo St., said Sean Collins, an owner.

The restaurant will mostly offer takeout, though there is a row of stools at a counter where people can eat. Customers can also take their food next door to Braymiller's, which has a full bar, Collins said. Master's Barbecue will become the bowling alley's food provider.

The space is presently a location of The Catering Company, which will be closing March 31 and reopening at 84 Lake St.

Master's Barbecue has built its early success around chicken that's been marinated for two days, sprinkled with a spice rub and grilled, Collins said. "We are going to be offering that at the store, plus our smoked ribs, pulled pork and brisket," Collins said. In addition, the restaurant will offer pizza, chicken wings, subs and other food that may appeal to the bowlers next door, and other customers.

Collins and three partners started Master's Barbecue last year. "A lot of our cooking up to this point has been private parties, weddings, on-site cooking, and fundraisers," he said.

They've been working together for a year on events, but none were professional cooks. "We were looking for something to do in the summer, and then it got busy," Collins said. "Now it's going to be even busier."

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