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Restaurant notes: Mulberry, El Ranchito, House of Hummus

Mulberry Italian Ristorante is opening its long-rumored Northtowns location in Snyder, replacing Squire on Main.

The restaurant will offer the meatballs and most of the pasta dishes that have made the Lackawanna original a red-sauce mecca while adding a few features, said owner Joe Jerge.

The space at 4548 Main St. will include a mozzarella bar, Jerge said, serving diners housemade cheeses including mozzarella only minutes old, presented with seasonal accompaniments. Diners will also be able to watch some of the restaurant's pastamakers at work. "You'll order your macaroni, and someone's right there making it for you," said Jerge.

Mulberry opened in 2005. It became a regional attraction after television food personality Guy Fieri visited in 2010. In 2015, Jerge opened The Mess Hall in downtown Lackawanna, serving Mulberry hits amid a more eclectic menu.

Mulberry on Main will also offer pizza, Jerge said. "It's Mulberry, but a little bit more unique."

He hopes to open the restaurant by early September.

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Amherst Mexican: A new branch of a popular Clarence Mexican restaurant has opened on Evans Road in Amherst.

El Ranchito has started welcoming customers to 408 Evans St., the space that was formerly Fiero.

The original restaurant opened at 9780 Main St., Clarence, in 2012.

Both locations have the same menus, a staffer said. That's an extensive array of dishes from tacos to whole fried fish, steak dishes and shrimp cocktail. The menu includes lunch specials ($5.75-$8) and children's plates ($4.75-$5.50).

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There's no alcohol yet, but plans are under way to add a roster of beer, margaritas and more, like the Clarence location. It will be open seven days a week.

Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Phone: 906-3314.

Elmwood Middle Eastern: House of Hummus, the Middle Eastern restaurant in North Buffalo, is working on a second location on Elmwood Avenue.

Ahmed Hamideh said his family is responding to Buffalo's enthusiastic reaction to the original restaurant, at 1150 Hertel Ave., which opened last year with falafel, hummus, kabobs and more Jerusalem-style Palestinian cuisine.

The second location will be at 502 Elmwood Ave., which was last used as a commissary space for Lloyd taco trucks.

There will be seats for about 35 customers, Hamideh said.

"We're taking the great food from Hertel to Elmwood, and adding a few more items too," Hamideh said. More dishes for vegans, and more for meat-eaters, too, such as additional kabob choices.

Breakfast will also be added, he said, with omelets and other options. He doesn't plan to add alcohol.

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The Elmwood menu will also include dishes that customers dreamed up and added to the Hertel lineup, like rice bowls topped with hummus and falafel or meat, he said. "These have become some of our best sellers."

Much of the restaurant work has been completed, he said. "Hopefully we can be open in early September."

Kentucky Greg's for sale: Two decades after it started serving smoked spare ribs and more in Depew, Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit is for sale.

Owners Greg and Pamela Englehardt have grown their restaurant, at 2186 George Urban Blvd., into a regional favorite with consistent food and service. Now the business is for sale, according to a real estate listing.

The main restaurant and a catering kitchen sit on a half acre near the corner with Dick Road. The owners would stick around for a little while to ease the transition, if the buyer wants, the ad says.

Greg Englehardt, a native Kentuckian, and his wife Pamela, an Alden native, opened the restaurant in 1997. It immediately drew steady crowds in barbecue-starved Western New York, and has remained among the forefront of local barbecue outlets since.

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