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Nothing builds more buzz around a restaurant than when it offers free food. So it's no surprise Applebee's came up with a splashy advertising campaign for free burgers on Tuesday, National Hamburger Day. There's only one catch: To get the free burger, your last name has to be Hamburger. Applebee's says 320 people live in the Buffalo area who share that last name, acc…

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A restaurant to be called Stone City Saloon is underway in the former Vera Pizzeria space on Lexington Avenue. Owner Kevin Kirby said the name for his place draws inspiration from the 1970’s funk band – the Stone City Band featured Rick James for a time – not an Old West motif. “I like the name saloon because of the reference to public gathering halls in the late 180…

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Memorial Day Weekend is the ideal three-day respite to relax, appreciate better weather and spend time outside - whether it's dusting off the grill, heading to a nearby green space with friends or even following Francesca Bond's suggestions. With one more day to account for, this edition of the biweekly event rundown is robust but balanced, with a wealth of options rang…

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“Upgraded tavern menu” is the great white whale of restaurant concepts. It’s on the lips of every other operator, but the true beast is rarely glimpsed. It’s an obsessive subject because giving customers noticeably better versions of dishes they already want sounds like a high-percentage shot at restaurant success. It’s hard to find because it’s difficult to offer fa…

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When Clark Crook opened bar-restaurant 189 Public House as a passion project five years ago to complement his iconic Bar-Bill Tavern, he intentionally left the name to reflect only the Main Street address. This choice preserved 189 as a fairly open canvas: at times it could deliver a "honkytonk, Nashville kind of vibe," Crook said, and at others, become a refined whiske…

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Perry's Ice Cream is hoping to make new fans in the Buckeye State. The fourth-generation company has begun distribution in Ohio, selling products at more than 600 stores, including Speedway convenience stores. Flavors such as Grasshopper Pie, Panda Paws and Bad Breakup are available in pints. Perry's expanded into Maryland last year. It also sells products in Pennsyl…

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Anyone who has stepped inside this Transit Road restaurant to witness the marinated chickens spinning their way to glory on the rotisserie knows what the house specialty is. If they have been fortunate enough to dip that chicken in the white garlic and spicy green sauces, they know why the Almaza Grill chicken is a quantum leap past supermarket bargain birds. Instead…

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On a brisk Friday late afternoon, three friends and I searched downtown for a spot to grab food and drink before the Mumford and Sons concert at KeyBank Center. Big Ditch Brewing Company was packed to the gills, Deep South Taco was overflowing, and Tappo projected a 90-minute wait. So we gave up our search and began hiking toward the venue. Tight on time, we had forfei…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pre-karaoke cocktails and appetizers You know when a downtown restaurant has fun cocktail names, lavender vodka and a living wall, it will be a 2019 hit. Marble + Rye (112 Genesee St.), isn't just trendy, but also well-received. The News' Andrew Z. Galarnea…

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Raphael’s is an Italian American restaurant at heart, so lasagna and meatballs are expected. But when customers walk into its new Hamburg location, they can’t miss the fact that beef can also be “what’s for dinner.” Displayed in a glass-fronted case in the dining room are several styles of steaks, which customers can choose for their supper. They’re dry aged grass-fed b…

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In the heart of Allentown is a chameleonic, quirky, anything-goes watering hole called The Alley Cat. On weekend nights, packed crowds clamoring for its signature $7 beer-and-shot combo jostle for position at the long, wooden bar. During weekday afternoons, The Alley Cat serves as a community hangout where friends toss darts, sip $4 bottles of Labatt Blue or $3 cans of …

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After years of planning – and weeks of debate – Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. Monday won the green light from the city for its plans for a new fresh foods market and more than 200 affordable apartments on a city-owned parking lot in Buffalo. The Buffalo Planning Board unanimously backed the proposal by the Buffalo developer to construct a 220,000-square-foot complex of tw…

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When customers walk into the new Dash's Market Wednesday, the only thing they may recognize from the old Hertel Avenue store will be the service desk counter. Owner Joe Dash had workers preserve it before the store was demolished, then install it in the new store as an homage to his roots. "It has my father's DNA on it," he said. That's where the similarities end. …

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Buffalo's appreciation for the past runs deep. Whether it's a brilliant songwriter like Paul Simon, an influential jam-rock band like the Grateful Dead or an Orchard Park restaurant that endured for nearly 50 years, there's deep respect shown by event organizers and attendees. Powerful ties to the past connect several events in this week's preview, which touches on m…