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Attorney goes from cases to crepes at Wholly Crepe restaurant

After five years as a practicing lawyer, as a Legal Aid attorney, then a real estate practitioner, Kamalie Liyanage traded the courtroom for the kitchen.

In July she opened Wholly Crepe, 3292 Main St., across the street from the University at Buffalo. Now she spends her days wrapping manhole-sized pancakes around sweet and savory fillings.

Why did she go from to cases to crepes? "I figured I'd like the physical stress more than the mental stress of the legal world," said Liyanage, "so I thought I'd give it a try."

But why crepes?

"I like to eat crepes, and I was looking for a career change, so I picked something that was easy to make," she said. Plus, a crepe shop is a relatively easy restaurant to set up: "Crepes don’t require a full kitchen to make."

Sweet crepe choices ($5.51) include banana-Nutella and lemon ricotta with blueberries. Savory options ($6.45) include lox, tomato-mozzarella-basil, and chicken mushroom. See the rest at

Hours will be lengthened in September, after University at Buffalo students return, Liyanage said.

Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Closed Monday. Phone: 544-8044.

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