Stooges, a new Lockport family restaurant offering innovative burgers and fried mac-and-cheese nuggets, opened Dec. 1.
The restaurant is located at 2 Pine St., a historic building alongside the Erie Canal locks that was formerly Lockport's City Hall.
Owners Joe Blaszczak and Adrienne Seekins are offering a menu featuring salads, macaroni and cheese sandwiches and stuffed burgers that includes vegetarian versions.
Fried snacks include golden spheres of macaroni and cheese ($6) and battered dill pickle chips ($6).
Burgers can arrived stuffed with macaroni and cheese and sauce, or taco fixings, or peanut butter plus bacon-bourbon jam ($13). All burgers come with fries.
There's also chicken versions, like the inside-out chicken parm stuffed with spaghetti, sauce, and mozzarella cheese ($13). Sausage versions include a burger stuffed with cherry peppers, banana peppers, capacolla and smoked gouda cheese ($13).
Vegetarians and vegans have been considered, Blaszczak with a vegetable burger, of quinoa, vegetables and beans ($11), and a hummus plate, with pita bread, vegetables and tapenade ($9).
The restaurant, with about 80 seats, offers views of the locks and a full bar that includes gluten-free beer.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone: 434-1100.
Korean burgers for Clarence: K Café, known for its Korean-influenced gangnam burgers and loaded fries, has reopened in Clarence.
Owner Kate Li, who also operates a K Café food truck, has taken over the premises of the former Caldon's 3 Dog Country Café, 8865 Sheridan Drive.
Li, who started her café on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda, closed that restaurant this spring. K Café's food has been available solely through its mobile kitchen since then.
That changed in late November, when Li opened for lunch in Clarence. For now, dinner hours are devoted to the truck's mobile stops at various locations.
The café's signature offering is a burger made from a bacon-beef blend. It's topped with cheese, Korean barbecues beef, caramelized kimchi, an egg, mashed avocado mash, Asian slaw, and spicy mayonnaise ($8.99).
The menu also includes fries topped with similar combinations and the meat or tofu. Vegetarians can try the ginger-garlic marinated tofu burger, with cheese, egg, fried onions, slaw and mayonnaise ($8.99).
Li said that she doesn't serve alcohol yet, but has applied for a beer and wine license.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone: 836-8888.
Siena abides: There's a big "for-lease" sign in front of Siena restaurant in Snyder.
But the restaurant, at 4516 Main St. remains open for business, and will remain so while an ongoing legal dispute is resolved, said Chuck Mauro, one of its owners.
The fine-dining Italian restaurant has served its clientele at the location for 25 years. A change in ownership led to a legal dispute with landlord First Amherst Development, centered on whether Siena's owners had first right of refusal to buy the building.
While the suit has passed though several courtrooms, Siena's owners set their sights on buying a building two blocks east, at 4614 Main St.
That might end up being the right solution for Siena, but that remains to be seen, said Mauro.
"The restaurant is occupied, serving customers every night," he said. "We're paying rent and have no plans to get out, and we plan on staying there at least until the disposition of that property is determined."
When will that happen? "We'll see, and happy holidays," Mauro said.
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