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Plant-based restaurant Root & Bloom always had millennials in mind. From an elegant, hidden gazebo to a lounge-like, wood-adorned interior, James Ernst and Sarah Sendlbeck’s restaurant seemed built for Instagram. As Buffalo reopens from the Covid-19 pandemic, Root & Bloom’s loyal customers – primarily in this millennial category – have different expectations for dining, and Ernst and Sendlbeck have

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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 champagne-flavored

If Betty’s is not the heart of the Allentown community, it at least qualifies as a vital organ. Born in 2004, if Betty’s was a kid, it would be studying for a learner’s permit. Its community center feel, reinforced by poetry readings and walls lined with local artists, has always explicitly included vegetarians. Before vegan entrees were a staple

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Fry Baby Donuts, Buffalo’s first vegan doughnut shop, has closed. Located at 336 S. Elmwood Ave., the tiny spot drew doughnut aficionados and the animal-product-avoidant with its colorful, offbeat flavors. Its assortment posted to social media Sept. 20 included caramel apple, cranberry granola crunch, mocha latte, and a London Fog version, with Earl Grey tea and vanilla. Owner Ann

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