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Andrew Z. Galarneau


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Two months after La Hacienda last closed its doors, the Niagara Falls restaurant has a new owner, and a new lease on life. Niagara Falls businessman George Satarian, who owns an auto sales and towing business, has taken over the restaurant at 3109 Pine Ave. His plan is to open for business Thursday, May 24, he said in a brief phone interview. La Hacienda, a Niagar…

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs is opening its new restaurant next month, introducing the Washington, D.C. specialty "half-smoke" sausage along with its standard lineup. "We're pretty much in the home stretch," said Paul Tripi, who owns the outfit, one of Buffalo's most popular food trucks, with his twin brother Frank. "I don’t have an exact start date, but it looks like early J…

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Five Points Bakery, the field-to-loaf West Side baked goods emporium, is planning another expansion, funded by its customers. Raising dough from their community is how Melissa and Kevin Gardner bought the building at 44 Brayton St. in the first place. Customers and other supporters lent them $300,000 to set up shop in the century-old building. Now customers are helpi…

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The brews stop flowing Southtowns craft beer standout Eden Ale House Sunday night. The restaurant at 8557 N. Main St., Eden, opened in 2014. "I want to say THANK YOU to all the great guests and employees I have had over the last four years," owner Shawn Schweis wrote on Facebook. "I have met some amazing people that am happy to call friends now." Schweis opened Eb…

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Baskin-Robbins long bragged about having 31 flavors of ice cream. Roo Buckley beat that in a night. Buckley, a former Rue Franklin cook who owned the Coda and now works at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, has been serving some of the wildest ice cream flavors anywhere for 15 years. Customers who dare can experience amazement, thought-provoking flavor encounters, or dismay…

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs is opening its new restaurant next month, introducing the Washington, D.C. specialty "half-smoke" sausage along with its standard lineup. "We're pretty much in the home stretch," said Paul Tripi, who owns the outfit, one of Buffalo's most popular food trucks, with his twin brother Frank. "I don’t have an exact start date, but it looks like early J…

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Mile 303, a restaurant with decor inspired by the nearby Erie Canal, is offering Orleans County creative cuisine and cocktails to match. The restaurant, at 416 Main St., Medina, is on the first floor of a building constructed in 1867, wears its age with pride. Inside the front door, a section of wall bares its lath to the world. Battered wooden floors serve as a fitt…

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Western New York's first entirely vegan restaurant has opened on Elmwood Avenue. Root & Bloom Café is currently serving customers in a large gazebo behind 423 Elmwood Ave., a building whose interior is currently occupied by Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate, a chocolate maker. Root & Bloom expects to move inside this fall, as the chocolate maker plans to move…

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There are restaurants for special occasions, places for a night of escaping all cares and putting yourself in the hands of professional pamperers. Then there are survival restaurants, commercial kitchens that provide sustenance at prices you can weave into your weekly budget. At survival restaurants, décor is irrelevant. Service means getting what you pay for, in contai…

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Kentucky Greg’s has closed for good. Or for ill, if you're a barbecue fan. The restaurant, at 2186 George Urban Blvd., Depew, had been a reliable dispenser of smoked meats for 21 years. Owners Greg and Pamela Englehardt, who have been hands-on operators since the beginning, entertained offers for the restaurant last year but did not reach a sales agreement. “That …

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The lights are back on at 269 Amherst St. On May 10, The Phoenix at 269 opened its doors to the public. It's being operated by employees of the prior establishment, The Phoenix, which closed March 31. Dave Kahris, who tended bar at The Phoenix for about five years, took over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. The menu hasn't changed much. Black bean s…

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Kentucky Greg’s has closed for good. Or for ill, if you're a barbecue fan. The restaurant, at 2186 George Urban Blvd., Depew, had been a reliable dispenser of smoked meats for 21 years. Owners Greg and Pamela Englehardt, who have been hands-on operators since the beginning, entertained offers for the restaurant last year but did not reach a sales agreement. “That …

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The Yelling Goat is close to reopening after a February fire forced extensive renovations of the Lancaster restaurant. Investigators couldn't pinpoint the reason the fire started in an upstairs apartment at 206 Central Ave., said owner Laurie Kutas. "Initially all we had was water and smoke damage, and it didn’t seem so bad," she said. "Then you start digging into th…

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The Mahony, the first-floor restaurant in the Fairmont building, has closed. The restaurant opened in March 2016 at 199 Scott St., serving American fare with international accents. Its 190-seat, 5,300-square-foot space is located in an Ellicott Development building that's home to Pegula Sports and Entertainment, other commercial tenants, and apartments. https:…

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There was much effort put into creating an impression for anyone entering the Curtiss Hotel. A water feature in the white-stone-lined porte cochere has faucets overflowing sinks into a trough, where submerged lights illuminate in shifting hues. Inside, walls are lined with ornate terra-cotta tiles and the foyer crowned with a chandelier that made me wonder if the Palace…