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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Andrew Galarneau is food editor for The Buffalo News.


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Sandwich-and-beer standout Joe's Deli has closed its Elmwood Avenue location. "Effective immediately," said the restaurant's announcement, posted the morning of Sept. 4. The restaurant, at 534 Elmwood Ave., opened in 2013. "Although our staff was dedicated and showed a do-whatever-it-takes spirit, we fell short of our own goals and expectations," owner Joe Lyons said…

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Buffalo is getting its first Cambodian restaurant from a first-generation Cambodian-American who wants to share her family’s culinary heritage. Yey’s Café will be located at 3225 Main St., in University Heights, the former Grateful Grind. Owner Jennifer Lay is a former financial analyst who turned to catering, working out of the kitchen at Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural C…

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Experienced family restaurant operators have taken over the former Train Stop on Harlem Road and opened Cindy Lou’s. The place, at 1061 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, is named after owners Cindy and Lou Dimitrievski. It opened in late August. The couple operated the Victoria Square restaurant in Lackawanna for 35 years, Cindy Dimitrievski said. After closing Victoria S…

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West Seneca doesn’t make the usual shortlists for international tourist destinations in the Niagara Frontier. So when I heard that Canadian citizens have been making it a destination, I wondered why. West Seneca doesn’t have a Walden Galleria, a world-renowned waterfall or even a factory outlet mall. But it does have Mandy’s Café. When I visited for dinner, I saw Ont…

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Misuta Chow's, the downtown bar and arcade, opened last month before its food program was under way. The food has started flowing at 521 Main St. Though there's more to come, Dunbar Berdine's menu of dishes inspired by Japanese street cuisine has more than 20 options. An open kitchen runs along the side of the first floor of the two-story space. Customers can grab…

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The remaining Niagara Frontier location of Zebb's Deluxe Bar & Grill closed Aug. 27. A sign posted on the door invited customers to visit the company's Syracuse and New Hartford, N.Y. locations. "It has Been Our UP Most Privilege to have Served You for the Past 24 Years!" it said. Zebb's Orchard Park location also closed without warning Aug. 21. Jacksonvill…

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In July, Skoobs Village Grille opened on Lancaster’s main drag, giving the village a new family restaurant with sports bar touches. Skoobs was fitted into a historic building at 50 Central Ave. formerly occupied by Eddie Ryan’s. William and Lori Skubis are the operators, running their first restaurant after careers in tax preparation and bank management. He runs the …

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Grateful Grind has closed, leaving University Heights without a classic coffee shop. "We have out grown our Main St location and will be searching for a new cafe space in the Southtowns," its owners announced Aug. 28 on Facebook. The cafe, at 3225 Main St., opened in March 2017. After making the announcement on Facebook, owner Angela Kunz said the space has been l…

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Meatballs will rule West Mohawk Street on Sept. 9, as restaurants vie for the title of Buffalo’s best meatball. Meatball Street Brawl III gives attendees a chance to taste traditional and creative meatball stylings from 19 restaurants, and vote for the people’s choice award. A panel of judges decides the top traditional and creative offerings. “It’s part street party…

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As the verdant backyard gardens, farmers markets and roadside stands of Western New York bulge with all the season has to offer, freshness fatigue sets in. Local vegetables are the greatest – but why do they have to all come at once? As John McClane might have said: Welcome to the season, pal. The time-honored tactics for dealing with cornucopia crush are preserva…

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The Hamburg production of Romeo & Juliet's has ended its run. The Italian bakery and pizza concern opened its fourth location at 4572 Clark St., Hamburg in 2015. "We regret to inform all of our awesome customers from the southtowns that our Hamburg location has closed," the restaurant's website said. "Words cannot express our gratitude for your support over the l…

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A West Side Bazaar kiosk known for its lotus cookies and bubble tea is becoming a restaurant near Buffalo State College. Gourmet Lao Foods is going to be opening on the first floor of the Campus Walk student apartment complex at 643 Grant St. Owners Vone Serixay and One Thammasithikoun, sisters from Laos, will be operating their first standalone restaurant. Its di…

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The Perks Café location in downtown’s Sidway Building is closing until its ventilation system can be ruled safe by city inspectors. The building, at 777 Main St., has a first-floor restaurant kitchen served by a hood and exhaust system that has been described as a fire hazard by city fire safety inspectors, said Perks owner Bob Newman. “We’re closing today,” he said.…

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Lobsters are big bugs. Stuffed with flesh that approaches the sublime when dipped in melted butter, sure, but still resembling nothing more than an aquatic insect with a thyroid issue. If that isn’t enough to scare off potential eaters, enjoying a whole lobster takes work. In a world where some diners choose chicken fingers because wings are just too much trouble, lobst…

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The partners behind Biergarten of Orchard Park are working on turning the former Greystone restaurant into a place dedicated to police officers and firefighters. Buffalo Station House could open at 445 Delaware Ave. as early as October. If permits aren't secured by then, it should be during the fall, said Dave Cronk. He's opening the place with partners Ben Bell and …