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Andrew Z. Galarneau


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Erica Sikorski's parents built a seasonal restaurant out of a bait shop along the Lake Erie shore. Last year, her father, Richard, died of a heart attack a day after the Bedrock Eatery reopened. "Since then, something inside me changed, where I felt the burning desire to sustain his legacy and kind of carry that torch for him," she said. "He put his heart, blood, swe…

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Camille Le Caer and his band of bakers opened Pastry by Camille on June 21, providing Hertel Avenue with an assortment of French flavors. The bakery-cafe at 1416 Hertel Ave., the former Globe Market space, kicked off its menu of pastries, crepes, coffee and bread to a waiting coterie of customers. Baguettes ($2.90) and seasonal fruit tarts ($6.50) can be had else…

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Injuries stopped Michael Sendlbeck's landscaping career, but he didn’t want to just sit around, he said. That's why he and his wife Robin decided to buy a shed and turn it into a popcorn stand, which opened in late May. Papa's Popcorn in Clarence Center offers bags of freshly popped kernels in flavors like Buffalo Wing and Handmade Caramel. Despite the semi-rural …

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In search of Italian-American cuisine worth celebrating, I have encountered miles of pallid pasta and oceans of weak tomato sauce. There have been bright spots, certainly, places with plenty of dishes to recommend. But of the 20-something red sauce purveyors whose Southern Italian dishes I've had the privilege to evaluate, none ran the table. Then I went to Sinatra's. …

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If you want to know what sort of vibe Hofbrauhaus Buffalo is going for, consider that its tables and benches were built sturdy enough to let drinkers use them as a stage. Furniture produced by Amish woodworkers for the massive German-style restaurant is designed to allow a boisterous festiveness common to other branches of the Hofbrauhaus franchise. "You are actually en…

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After years of criss-crossing Western New York with its trucks, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs opened a place to call its own on June 13. Brothers Paul and Frank Tripi have turned a former automobile repair shop at 707 Kenmore Ave. into their first restaurant. The counter-service place serves up the custom hot dogs that Frank has been known for, with several new food items -…

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Mark Anthony Bourdain's 62nd birthday at a celebration of food and drink offered by restaurant people honoring the late television star's impact on their lives. All proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said Lait Cru Brasserie owner Jill Gedra. She's organizing the event with Kate Elliott, general manager of Community Beer Works' up…

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French-inspired West Side restaurant Lait Cru Brasserie has expanded its offerings, introducing liquor and custom cocktails, with a patio on the way. The restaurant opened in 2016 in the Horsefeathers building, 346 Connecticut St. It previously offered wine, beer and cider with its menu. With the approval of Lait Cru's liquor license, the restaurant started offering …

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Prescott's Provisions, a City of Tonawanda restaurant offering ambitious features like housemade pasta and live-fire cooking, plans to open June 26. The building at 40 E. Niagara St. is feet from the Erie Canal, and will draw customers by water as well as road, since its front yard offers city-run boat parking. Vincent Thompson, who led kitchens at BOSS, Buffalo Chop…

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Anyone who thinks cooking can't be an artistic performance should be blessed to have a ringside seat on a skilled grill jockey during breakfast rush. Eggs cracked out two at a time in neat lines, shells finding the trash in no-look arcs. Mountains of home fries lining the griddle's western horizon chopped into foothills with metronymic precision to crisp before plating.…

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Injuries stopped Michael Sendlbeck's landscaping career, but he didn’t want to just sit around, he said. That's why he and his wife Robin decided to buy a shed, and turn it into a popcorn stand, which opened in late May. Papa's Popcorn, 6610 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center, offers bags of freshly popped kernels in flavors like Buffalo wing and Handmade Caramel. Des…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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Potato pancakes are personal. In a recent restaurant review, I described my childhood potato pancakes, lacy-edged patties of shredded spuds gone golden in hot oil. My point was that my standards, indelibly set in my mother’s kitchen, heightened my distaste for the restaurant’s version. When readers asked what I was talking about, I made some potato pancakes for my mo…

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After finding an audience for its housemade Americana, This Little Pig is bursting at the seams. The Clarence restaurant is taking over the plaza space next door to its 4401 Transit Road location. The move will allow Mandy Cooke and Jeff Cooke Jr. to add 50 seats, practically doubling the restaurant's interior capacity. A family restroom is also in the offing. The…

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Beef-on-weck star Charlie the Butcher will be opening a restaurant in the city of its birth. The carvery, in the first floor of 770 Elmwood Ave., will occupy a space that was previously Jimmy John's. In the city, Charlie the Butcher sandwiches are available from stands in the Ellicott Square Building and at Coca-Cola Field during Bisons games. Besides sandwiches, the…