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Watch now: Buffalo restaurants make big changes to suit new normal

Watch now: Buffalo restaurants make big changes to suit new normal

More out of desperation than a sense of adventure, Buffalo restaurants have been willing to try new tactics to catch eaters' attention and remain in business.

The slideshow video above, with starring roles for Sharon Cantillon and John Hickey's photos, zeroes in on four eateries that have taken a calculated risk by trying something new.

With late-night business either non-existent or a fraction of what it was before the pandemic, venturing into the early hours and beginning breakfast service has been the new approach for Buffalo Soul downtown and Radigan's in Orchard Park. 

Larger Delaware Avenue workplaces have been quiet, with many employees still working from home - the lunch rush that allowed Panaro's to grow for 15 years suddenly vanished. Mike and Tony Concialdi have decided to give dinner a go, but with a small dining room, it's a tight online ordering, takeout-only process that's underway.

The most drastic change, however, has come from Public Espresso's South Buffalo location – at the rehabilitated Shea's Seneca - where Sam Scarcello and crew have teamed up with neighboring Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve for a Burgers & Bottles initiative.

Read the full Gusto cover story for greater detail on these nimble restaurants.

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