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Just like "Old Town Road," a new Niagara Falls bar-restaurant will have horses in the back, at least in a manner of speaking. With 26 televisions and a shared door with Off-Track Betting, Mister M's House of Food & Drink hopes to make gambling on horses attractive to a broader demographic, namely young people and women, as opposed to starting a "traditional, stereot…

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When 18-year-old Alexander Cymerman was a junior in high school (just last year), he competed in an entrepreneurial program called DECA. His mock business, Farm to Fork, was a middleman service between local farms and consumers, delivering fresh farm products directly to customers' doorsteps. His business wasn't real. But when teachers at Orchard Park High School starte…

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A quick Google search brought up some of the biggest food trends of the 2000s: sushi, fondue, chain restaurants. Then the kids decided chains weren't cool anymore. Chain restaurant adoration may not have carried over into the 2010s, but plenty of trends volunteered to become their replacement. Avocado toast had a controversial rise to fame. The word "craft" began …

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On July 12, the New York Times published an article called "Move Over, Therapy Dogs. Hello, Therapy Cows." in which the writer visited Mountain Horse Farm in the Finger Lakes region. It's a bed and breakfast recently making the media circuit for its unusual (and adorable) therapy practice involving cuddling with massive, soft, fluffy cows. When The News reached out to o…

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Newell Nussbaumer is doing his part. For the past year, Nussbaumer (who runs the blog Buffalo Rising) has contacted “every single eco-organization” he could think of and walked into every business on Elmwood Avenue between the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Summer Street, for one goal: to save the planet. Nussbaumer convinced the organizations and businesses to hop on…

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When technology improves, things get more complicated. The days of walking into a bar or restaurant and waiting for a server at your table are going away. Today's new brewery landscape is utilizing text messages, pagers and tablets for pub food. If you've entered one of the new taprooms around Buffalo, you probably understand. On a recent lunch visit to the Draft Roo…

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Since 2014, Akron native Melissa Babiarz has balanced her thriving barbecue food trailer and catering business, Babz BBQ, a full-time job as an automotive inspector and being a caregiver for her mother. "I have a full plate," Babiarz said. “If you love what you do then, you know, you never work a day in your life. That’s the truth. And that’s how it is with barbecue." …

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Summer burns bright and fast like a star, and perhaps your money has, too, so here are free events and activities to last you through the autumnal equinox. For the creative Sunflowers of Sanborn As August rolls on, peak sunflower season begins. A few years ago, when photos of friends in sunflower fields flooded Instagram and Facebook feeds, people found out that the I…

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Tifft Nature Preserve is trying to destigmatize insects with its 9th annual summer festival, Insectival, on Aug. 4. "We find that educating people on things they might find scary or not like is the way to change people's opinions and attitudes," said Meghan Dye, director of Tifft Nature Preserve. At Insectival, insects are collected, studied and yes, eaten. If it sou…

Food and Drink

TORONTO, Ont. — Last week, a new cafe opened in downtown Toronto and around 100 people waited in line, hunched over their phones, to get in. The design is sleek and hockey-inspired with subtly integrated hockey memorabilia. Lobster bisque ($5.49), vegan Beyond sausage breakfast sandwiches ($4.39) and Thai green curry chicken ($4.99) make it on the soup and sandwich menu…

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Labatt USA is holding an open contest for participants to design a promotional two-part mural underneath the main scoreboard at New Era Field. Each half of the mural is 16 by 20 feet. Submissions for the promotional design are required to include images of Labatt Blue or Blue Light products or logos, and can also include Buffalo Bills imagery and logos. [Column: Laba…

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Remember the happier days of Ross Cellino and Stephen Barnes? The personal injury attorneys perfected the jingle, with their inescapable string of eights that seemed to play during every commercial break (and before that, the somehow memorable 854-2020). Everyone from The New York Times to The Cut to Barstool Sports wrote about the breakup and court battle. (Buffalonian…

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Natalie Schultz and Courtney Justus were preparing for another day in their new bakery, Fig Tree Patisserie, by mixing Fruity Pebbles into macaron filling and whisking chocolate cupcake batter, while listening to a true-crime podcast. They celebrated their grand opening, on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Kinsey Avenue in Kenmore, on July 1 with bubbly champagne and c…

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For 17 years, McFadden's bar in New York City has been overrun on football Sundays by beer-drinking, wing-eating Bills fans wearing red, white and blue, entertained by bartenders who sing the "Shout" song after every Bills touchdown. Now, Bills fans in Manhattan will meet somewhere new, at the Public House on 140 E. 41st St., between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue, nea…

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In Buffalo, we often tell an underdog tale of a once-flourishing Rust Belt city on the rise, ridden with snow, famous for chicken wings, notorious for inebriated football fans and fiercely defended by lifelong residents. While those are absolutely a part of our story, we leave out multiple facets of Buffalo life in that narrative, such as our theater, arts, culture and …