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City Hallways (Aug. 25) From lending a helping hand to needing one

Need a little help here

Earlier this summer, City Hallways did a tour of soul food restaurants up and down Bailey Avenue.

The Bailey Avenue Cafe and Bake Shoppe was one of the businesses featured. Its cornmeal-fried haddock is a crowd favorite.

But the restaurant has been shuttered since earlier this month because of a car accident that caused serious structural damage to the building.

A distracted and speeding driver clipped a light pole on the street outside the place, sending the woman's car sailing through the eatery’s brick wall and into the kitchen.

Bailey Avenue Cafe & Bake Shoppe after a car accident earlier this month.

No one was hurt, but the building at 2021 Bailey Ave. sustained major damages.

Beyond the fish fries, there's a whole list of traditional, home-made soul food side dishes like collard greens, corn bread and candied yams. Desserts like peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and banana pudding are made from scratch and taste so good you might hurt yourself, as the saying goes.

Another good reason to spend money at this place is to help others get back on their feet. The not-for-profit restaurant and bakery was opened by Saving Grace Ministries in 2014 to provide on-the-job training and work experience to carefully screened former criminal offenders, who are often shut out of the job market.

People who have graduated from the program have found employment in good-paying jobs, started their own businesses and now have homes and families of their own.

Read more about the restaurant's history and its current plight in this story by my colleague Samantha Christmann.

In other news

With all the recent hubbub surrounding Carl Paladino and his removal from the Buffalo School Board, you may have missed some other important news coming out of Buffalo Public Schools.

This week, students from the public school district posted slight gains in standardized tests for both English and math. Albeit, the results still fall well below state proficiency levels but sit within the middle of the pack among the five biggest urban districts in the state.

Find out how your school fared.


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