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Neat restaurant bringing wood-fired menu to Clarence

A restaurant featuring pizza and more from wood-fired ovens plus concentrations in whiskey and wine is weeks away from opening in Clarence.

Owner K.C. Mullett said he hopes to have Neat open at 5175 Transit Road by the end of August.

Mullett is the former owner of Toni Pepperoni, which he started in Kenmore in 2006, before moving it to Maple Road in Amherst two years later. He eventually sold the business.

His Transit Road restaurant is in a new building, with CoreLife Eatery, the quick-serve healthy option that opened in July, as a next-door neighbor.

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The two-story space will seat about 150 people in the main dining area. A mezzanine, which will hold about 60 people, can be used as additional seating or events, Mullet said. There's also a 2,000-square-foot patio that can hold another 60.

The menu will make much use of two big wood-fired ovens, starting with a roster of pizzas. "Probably 80 percent of our menu will be cooked fully or finished in one of the ovens," Mullett said.

The draft menu includes appetizers such as Italian bread with spicy soppressata, pepperoni and mozzarella, crab cakes and stuffed peppers; salads such as a chicken cutlet on arugula and a Caprese salad stack; and pizzas such as margherita, spicy sausage and honey and roasted chicken pesto.

A full bar — with an emphasis on whiskey and wine — will be available.

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