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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.


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1) Ellicottville Fall Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7, but the festivities truly last all weekend in Ellicottville. It's free to attend, and shuttle rides cost $3 and some venues charge a cover. Commentary: Rolling through the brilliant fall foliage to Ellicottville might feel like a scenic trip to a high school or college reunion, as who knows how many familiar (a…

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Restaurant closures such as Lait Cru Brasserie, The Greystone, Bruno, Parker's and Zebb's in the last three months have served as a reminder of how difficult it is to keep an eatery in business. From a rising minimum wage to expensive rent, the challenge of finding quality restaurant workers and typically fierce competition, sustaining a well-run operation is more rare …

Sports

The year after a college program reaches the NCAA Tournament can be uncomfortable, especially if it's not a regular occurrence. Expectations of a repeat effort rise, while conference foes suddenly are hungry to dethrone the defending champions. After losing in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs in his first two years at the helm of the Mavs, head coac…

Festivals

From a food event dedicated to healthy options to a nice lineup slotted for Buffalo's indie station's birthday show, there are ample activity options in Buffalo from Oct. 1 to 4. Although Modest Mouse has sold out the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, tickets remain available for several other worthy events. Taps and Apps 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Buffalo R…

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Long before author Arthur Bovino sang the praises of Buffalo pizza, Buffalonians have known we're a little spoiled in the superb slices available to us. From cheap and cheesy to cup-and-char pepperoni to the lauded Buffalo-style crust to recent artisan options, even the pickiest of pizza eaters will be able to find something worth chomping on. National food site The Dai…

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When Buffalo State players, coaches and fans look back at the Bengals' 1-1 draw against Geneseo on Friday, most will not remember the final score, the goal scorers or what the result meant to the conference's playoff race. After all, Buffalo State has a quick turnaround against Brockport on Saturday, so Friday's memories will soon be shrouded by the inevitable positives an…

Food and Drink

Two restaurants owned by the same family have closed in the last year at 235 Delaware Ave., in the building connected to Starbucks at the corner of Chippewa Street. Bruno Italian Grill announced on social media Thursday night that it would shutter its only Buffalo-area location, which opened in March and served fast-casual Italian food. The takeout-focused eatery was…

Sports

A summer of change blindsided the Buffalo State men's soccer program after the Bengals made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1984. Head coach Mark Howlett, twice named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year in his five seasons at the helm, unexpectedly accepted a coaching vacancy at Geneseo, citing family reasons. The sting of his departure went beyond the two awa…

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1) Central Terminal Oktoberfest, 3 to 11 p.m. Sept. 29 at 495 Paderewski Drive. Cost is $10 in advance here. Commentary: For the third straight year, the massive Central Terminal will reverberate with German melodies by The Auslanders and the Bergholz German Band as Oktoberfest celebrants dance in traditional garb; lederhosen sure get a workout this time of year. Foo…

Bills-Free

The ripples of Vontae Davis' decision to quit the Buffalo Bills and retire from football at halftime of the team's Week 2 loss are still being felt. And, in a slightly twisted sense, his decision has been inspiring. O'Neill's Stadium Inn, at 3864 Abbott Road in Orchard Park, is challenging customers to beat the Vontae Davis Sauce Challenge. How does a hot-wing challenge…

Colleges

There are few questions the media can ask that will prompt a smile from Syracuse men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim. But when it comes to food, the legendary Orange leader seems to be more than willing to chat. In an interview with Syracuse.com's Mike Waters, Boeheim revealed his favorite places to eat in the cities in which his team plays. Leaning toward steakh…

Sports

Local college soccer programs have all moved into conference play, where the games have significantly more meaning. As of late September, there's no Western New York team with a realistic chance at an at-large bid to a national tournament. Buffalo State men's soccer may be the closest, but falling to the University of Rochester and Oneonta in the span of a week seriousl…

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Here are some of the biggest events in the Buffalo area for Monday through Thursday. Stay tuned for The 10, which publishes Thursday morning, for the weekend's top events. Neko Case Doors at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Asbury Hall in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $32.50 in advance here, $35 day of show. Country-folk singer-songwriter Neko Case is touring off her s…

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Maybe it's that Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac will never be old news in Buffalo. Or maybe it's the power of songs "Slide" and "Iris," two of the Goo Goo Dolls' biggest hits off "Dizzy Up the Girl," the focus of the band's tour. Due to demand, the Goo Goo Dolls has added a third show to its Buffalo visit for the 20th Anniversary Tour of Dizzy Up the Girl, with the added…

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Healthy, on-the-go eatery Newbury Salads will replace Starbucks at 5429 Main St. in Williamsville, Newbury owner Paul Tsouflidis confirmed Saturday. With Starbucks set to vacate the Main Street building due to the national chain's short move to Amherst, expected by the end of the year, Tsouflidis swooped in to secure a new headquarters for Newbury Salads, located curren…