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Restaurant notes: Bar Bill, Youngstown Galley, Rin Thai Bistro, Gateway Cafe

The owners of Bar Bill Tavern, East Aurora's wings and weck specialist, plan to open their second location in Clarence.

Clark and Katie Crook bought the Old Red Mill property at 8326 Main St., closing on the real estate on Nov. 27.

Demolition will begin as soon as possible, Crook said. Work will continue through the winter, with a hoped-for opening in late 2018.

The menu will echo the original Bar Bill menu, whose beef on weck and carefully calibrated crispy wings have made it a Buffalo area destination.

New in Youngstown: Youngstown has a new all-day restaurant only three blocks from the entrance to Old Fort Niagara.

Youngstown Galley opened Nov. 25 at 400 Main St., the work of Rebecca Poletti, a restaurant industry veteran and owner of Mangia Cakes Bakery. Her sons still run the Marketside Restaurant next to the City Market in Niagara Falls.

Youngstown Galley's breakfast menu starts with omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles and pancakes and continues to smoked salmon with eggs and dill mustard sauce. The most expensive breakfast, steak and eggs, is $11.99.

Lunch includes salads and sandwiches like the chicken Waldorf ($7.99), chicken salad with apples and walnuts, and a grilled vegetable sandwich with eggplant, peppers and feta cheese ($8.29).

Dinner include a traditional roast turkey dinner, with mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy ($13.99) and bacon meatloaf ($12.99).

The place is decked out with sailing paraphernalia aplenty. "Youngstown is a fishing town, a sailing town, so everything is nautical," Poletti said.

The restaurant has been built into a historic building dating to the 1840s. At the corner of Main and Lockport streets, the structure was originally a general store. It was formerly an Ashker's cafe location as well.

Beer and wine are available. Poletti plans to add an ice cream and bakery component this summer.

Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Sunday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Phone: 745-1517.

More Elmwood Thai: Longtime King & I owner Rin Suphankomut has opened a smaller, faster Thai restaurant on Elmwood.

At Rin Thai Bistro, 988 Elmwood Ave., the Thai chef-owner is offering a stripped-down Thai menu that hits the favorites and adds a few unusual dishes. Bing Paesang is the other owner.

There's only two coconut milk curries offered – green curry with chicken and panang curry with pork (both $13).

Pad thai, the ubiquitous stir-fried noodle dish, is there in chicken and shrimp versions ($13/$17). Tom kha, coconut milk soup braced with lime, and hot-and-sour tom yum soup are both on offer in chicken and shrimp versions ($5/$7).

King and I owner preparing Thai restaurant on Elmwood

On the other hand, moo ping, marinated pork skewers ($7), aren't found in every Thai place. Same for ginger-rice soup ($4). Pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup served with a side plate of fresh herbs, bean sprouts and chiles, makes an appearance in beef and chicken ($13).

There is no alcohol for sale at present, but Suphankomut is applying for a beer and wine license.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Phone: 881-9900.

Tonawanda soup specialist: Gateway Café, a family restaurant with a strong suit in soup, opened earlier this month in the City of Tonawanda.

At the restaurant, 561 Main St., salads and sandwiches are menu mainstays, like a turkey club and onion rings ($8.99). But the soup lineup seems destined to draw cold-weather customers.

Loaded potato, pepper steak, French onion, chicken pot pie and corn chowder (all $5.49) are part of the latest lineup. All the soups are homemade, said Michelle Fisher, who owns the place with Matthew Deck.

"I went all out at first," with more soup selections, Fisher said, "but every day I do plan on having at least five."

The 46-seat restaurant was last office space.

Fisher formerly operated a restaurant in Lakeland, Fla. "I thought it would be nice to have something that I had there here," she said of opening her restaurant in the City of Tonawanda. "I enjoy it."

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone: 260-1826.

More brasserie hours: Lait Cru Brasserie, the French-influenced restaurant in the West Side's Horsefeathers Building, is expanding its hours.

The restaurant, 346 Connecticut St., will now serve dinner five days a week. Breakfast and lunch are also offered, often drawing on the wares of owner Jill Forster's sibling business, Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, located in adjoining space.

Lait Cru's menu has been expanded to include more French bistro standards, like moules frites, mussels with fries ($13/$24), and bouillabaisse, fish stew with red pepper saffron sauce ($26).

Hours: 9 a.m.-2:30 pm, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday brunch. Phone: 462-4100.

At Lait Cru Brasserie, big flavors from small menu

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