Falley Allen, a restaurant named after Allentown namesake Lewis Falley Allen, opens tonight.
The 50-seat restaurant at 204 Allen St. was built into spaces formerly occupied by La Tee Da and Rust Belt Books.
The menu from veteran chef Chris Daigler mixes standard casual fare like burgers ($12-13), salads ($8-10) and flatbread pizzas ($10) with larger plates (roasted half chicken, $18) with an eclectic assortment of dishes.
Baked pistachio hummus ($9) will come with orange-olive salad and Lebanese flatbread. Side dishes ($8) include farro risotto and cheesy Hasselback potatoes. Chicken fingers ($12) get an extra-crispy coat of crushed ramen noodles.
The full bar menu includes custom cocktails, and bottled beer. But not draft beer, because the space under the restaurant's bar has no basement, Daigler said.
Daigler's extensive restaurant resume includes Danny Ocean’s, where he worked with Andy DiVincenzo. The "Billy Ogden's stuffed banana peppers" on the Falley Allen menu is his homage to the chef who popularized the dish in Buffalo.
Daigler later worked his way up to executive chef at Oliver’s, and most recently cooked for Mike Andrzejewski at the late Bourbon & Butter, in Hotel @ the Lafayette. His business partner is Encore owner Joseph Gugino.
The restaurant's kitchen will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week, with the bar open until 4 a.m. Phone: 464-3903.
Bar Bill adds takeout spot: For years, Western New York's toughest tables to get have included the ones at Bar Bill, the East Aurora tavern famed for wings and beef on weck.
In June, the restaurant hopes to ease the logjam by opening Bar Bill Takeout, at 191 Main St., three buildings east of Bar Bill, located at 185 Main St.
Located in the rear of the building that holds Aurora Brew Works, the new kitchen will offer the entire Bar Bill menu, and one item the original doesn't offer – full-sized pizzas.
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Bar Bill, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, already offered takeout, owner Clark Crook said. It's a segment of business that has grown so much it added to delays in the dining room. In the summer, he said, 90-minute waits are not uncommon.
Since there was no way to add capacity to the existing kitchen, another kitchen was necessary. "This one will be a little bit bigger," he said, and offer family-sized pizzas as well as the 10-inch pizzas made at Bar Bill.
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The plan is to open Bar Bill Takeout on June 1, Crook said.
"The primary benefit to us is to allow us to turn tables a little bit faster and improve customer service within the restaurant," he said. "Having said that, there are also people in town who would like the opportunity to enjoy Bar Bill food, but are not necessarily into the Bar Bill scene, so to speak."
Salad spot returns: Newbury Salads has reopened on Elmwood Avenue, once again offering meals focused on fresh, organic ingredients free of genetically modified crops.
The restaurant, 470 Elmwood Ave., is now smaller, but carries the same lineup of salads, quinoa bowls, smoothies and more, said owner Paul Tsouflidis.
The operation is takeout oriented, but there are still 15 seats for diners, and a separate smoothie bar to ease congestion, Tsouflidis said.
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Tsouflidis said he changed its name from Newbury Street Café to more clearly communicate its core business to customers, and potential investors. The change also applies to the other Newbury location, at EXPO, the downtown food hall at 617 Main St.
The first Newbury opened in May 2015.
Hours at the Elmwood store are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They will expand in a few weeks, to 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon-Sat and Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tsouflidis said. Phone: 886-6466.
Vietnamese in Elma: Pho has arrived in the Southtowns. A Vietnamese restaurant has opened in Elma, offering 13 varieties of the classic beef noodle soup of Vietnam as part of an extensive menu.
Pho Cali, 5952 Seneca St., opened last month in the space that was formerly R & R BBQ.
Its lengthy menu includes soups, stir-fries, noodle bowls, grilled meat dishes and more. Bun bo hue ($9.95), beef, pork and noodles in lemongrass-chile broth, is another soup on the menu. Appetizers include bo nuong xa ot ($8.95), grilled beef bundles stuffed with onions and chile, and chim cut roti ($11.95), marinated deep-fried quail.
Banh mi ($4.75), the Vietnamese submarine sandwich, is available in grilled pork or beef.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. It does not serve alcohol. Phone: 675-8900.
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