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Ben Tsujimoto

Ben works on the digital side of Gusto, writing mainly about things to do and food-and-drink. He's the editor of The Buffalo News' soccer blog, BN Soccer, and coordinates the Smiles photo galleries. He attended Houghton College, lives off of Hertel and says he smiled a little too aggressively for his profile picture.


Food and Drink

Stone City Saloon is not really a saloon, at least not in the cowboy/western sense. The new bar at 220 Lexington Ave. aims for something less specific. "The original meaning for saloon was a gathering place, a wide-open place where people could have drinks and socialize from all walks of life and really feel comfortable together, with nobody feeling out of place," said …

Soccer

Almost two decades have passed since Buffalo last boasted a professional men's soccer team. Now that two real estate developers have the franchise rights for a United Soccer League team in Buffalo, that drought seems likely to end. Connecticut-based John McClutchy and Buffalo-based Dennis Penman bought the conditional rights to start a franchise in the United Soccer Lea…

Festivals

Welcome to an edgy, throwback week for Buffalo events. Things that sparked raw emotion in the 1990s can have the same effect decades later, and not everything timeless has to be rainbows and sunshine. Fans of the iconic Martin Scorsese mob film "Goodfellas" will be thrilled to hear "The Irishman," another Scorsese mafia production with an overlapping cast, just debuted …

Art

Buffalo is awash in creative types, nestled in neighborhoods such as Allentown and Elmwood, but stretching all over Western New York. The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center – inside the former Niagara Falls High School – is a gem to the north, while the WNY Book Arts Center, proudly occupying the corner of Washington and East Mohawk, stands out as another downtown. The…

Sports

Fifty-five goals. That's the new target for future Daemen College women's soccer players after Jamie Boyar smashed in a rebound against St. Thomas Aquinas in the final game of her Wildcats career. The goal – also the eventual game-winner – toppled a career record that had stood for 13 years. The Williamsville South alum was a persistent thorn in the side of East Coast C…

Festivals

Buffalo has a soft spot for jam bands, especially when they were reared in Western New York. moe., now 30 years after its formation at the University at Buffalo, doesn't schedule a homecoming too frequently, but this one is especially meaningful as Rob Derhak (vocals/bass) is now cancer-free. The jam band has a lot of laudable traits honed over those decades – happy mus…

Gusto

Chef Kevin O'Connell Jr., who has been out of the restaurant business for almost two years, will return to the kitchen at the Standard, a steakhouse and oyster bar that will open 4548 Main St. in the former Diego Modern Mexican Lounge in Snyder. The upscale venture is led by ownership group DMM on Main and will begin accepting reservations for Nov. 29. The chef, son …

Sports

Mitchell Ali's 20th goal of the season could not have come at a more crucial time. Medaille men's soccer was pressing, and the conference semifinal match against Franciscan was barreling toward tense territory. Over the first 75 minutes, the Mavs had fired 23 shots, 11 of them on goal - and come away with nothing. Frustration from blown chances became more evident in…

Art

Since the beginning of summer, there hasn't been a more diverse weekend of attractive events. Chances are high that any or all of the words "Fichtner," "dinosaurs," "bikes" or "beer" will pique your attention. William Fichtner, the famous actor who grew up in Cheektowaga, will be in town Saturday and Sunday as "Cold Brook," a movie filmed partly in Western New York two …

Gusto

Nestled in a surging Genesee Street corridor in downtown Buffalo, Overwinter Coffee has made the most of its 375 square feet. The small roaster has soared by attracting the daytime business crowd while simultaneously growing its wholesale operation, retail sales and subscriptions. Overwinter announced Sunday the coffee shop will expand to a second location, in what's pr…

Festivals

Coles on Elmwood is one of the bar-restaurants where most Buffalonians have a memory. After all, it's been there forever. Maybe you were a local college student, squished between dozens of peers on a Thursday night, trying in vain to maneuver your way to the bar, trying all sorts of tactics to get the bartender's attention. Maybe you're a classy adult, rolling in for…

Bills

Another Bills game, another Twitter stream fraught with emotion, disgust, nerves and — eventually — some joy as Buffalo improved to 6-2 with a 24-9 win over Washington. The storylines ring familiar, too, with fans and the media criticizing the Bills' inability to confidently finish off bad teams — the Redskins fell to 1-8 — as well as stop the run and protect the footba…

Soccer

While the high school season is over for the vast majority of Western New York's student-athletes, there's still a chance to make an impression on the field - especially for those with ambitions to play in college. A slew of local scouts will be on hand for Sunday's 18th annual Exceptional Seniors Game, organized by chairman Tim Kronenwetter and his Medaille College Spo…

Soccer

Josh Beshaw wanted to make sure he could walk 10 years from now. The laundry list of injuries the SUNY Buffalo State senior forward had dealt with over the past six years was staggering. A torn anterior cruciate ligament ruined his entire senior season at Lockport High School. Persistent shoulder injuries derailed his first two years at St. Bonaventure University and fo…

Gusto

Stefan Coker and Dave Whelan were tired of serving side salads. The kitchen duo, then at Larkin Square's Filling Station, began a trial run of black truffle popcorn to accompany meals, simply as a change of pace. "Why don't we set up this corny popcorn business?" Coker remembers asking himself at the time. "These two big guys cruising around, slinging popcorn ... " W…