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Planning Board approves Duff's, new Italian restaurant on Elmwood

Duff's Famous Wings may be on its way to Elmwood Avenue.

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night urged the Common Council to grant a special-use permit to enable Sinatra & Company Real Estate to renovate the former Casa-Di-Pizza at 471 Elmwood so that the Amherst wings restaurant can set up shop.

No changes are planned to the building's exterior, but plans do include a pizza oven and a second-floor banquet space, as well as a seasonal outdoor seating area that would wrap around the corner of the building.

The Planning Board also recommended approval of a special-use permit to allow Michael Gibney to open his new Inizio Restaurant at 534 Elmwood, in the former Joe's Deli space that he has leased. The Italian restaurant, which will serve alcohol and offer fresh pasta, will also include a fenced-in seasonal outdoor seating area, as well as occasional live jazz music inside.

The board also backed new tobacco and vaping retail shops at 1911 Seneca St. and 2525 Delaware Ave.

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