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Williamsville will soon be cheesier. The family owners of The Cheesy Chick food truck have announced they will take over the former Apple Wood Cafe, at 5385 Main St., to open the Cheesy Chick Cafe. Simone Fancher, her son Jonathan Rowan and daughter Stephanie Rowan unveiled more details after teasing the news on the truck's Facebook page Wednesday. The trio of owners…

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After checking seismograph data, I have determined that the tremor Buffalo experienced Tuesday morning was not an earthquake. Which confirms my suspicion that the earth moving was instead a collective shudder of delight, as Buffalonians learned that Swiss Chalet would soon be even closer. When the announced Fort Erie, Ont., location opens this spring, their beloved r…

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How do cities earn reputations for having nothing to do? A city, by nature, bleeds with things to do. Where there are people with interests and needs to make money, there will always be things to do. If we were planning your weekend, here's what we would do. From gaming over Breadhive baked goods and iced tea at a new board game cafe to drinking $3 mimosas inside an …

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Celebrated Elma nightspot Blue Lantern Lounge has officially been put up for sale. Listed at $699,750, the restaurant at 6120 Seneca St. is being offered as a turnkey operation. The deal includes the thoroughly remodeled circa-1870 building on about an acre of land, its furniture and equipment, recipes, customer mailing list, and everything an operator need to run a …

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Buffalo is known for three things: snow, sports teams that are 0-for-eternity championship-wise, and chicken wings. Could Buffalo pizza make it four? The Wall Street Journal recently published a front-page article on the spreading popularity of cup-and-char pepperoni, a sign that another one of Buffalo’s culinary specialties has started to get the attention it deserves.…

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If you’re headed down to the Small Boat Harbor on Buffalo’s waterfront this summer, you won’t recognize Charlie’s Boat Yard. The restaurant next to the docks at 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. has nearly doubled in size, as part of a $1.3 million expansion. The new Charlie’s Boat Yard is a two-story restaurant that can hold about 200 diners, said John Skipper, an owner. That inc…

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In the works for five years, Hofbrauhaus Buffalo has an official opening date. "It is with a confidence tempered by the patience and prudence learned over the last year," a post on the restaurant's website said, "that we officially announce: Hofbrauhaus Buffalo will be opening in August 2019." In December, operating partner Kevin Townsell was still looking for a few …

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When a popular restaurant decides to franchise at an international scale, there are plenty of worries. Will the quality of each market's food match what made the original exceptional? Can the ingredients from the original spot be sourced appropriately across the globe? Will the franchisee's employees care as much about the restaurant? The Halal Guys, which began as a…

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If a six-pack of Mighty Taco restaurants wasn't enough for Amherst diners, don't worry: A seventh is on the menu. The chain behind the Super Mighty burrito and the Nacho Buffito plans to open its 22nd location in a former Burger King restaurant at 5117 Sheridan Drive, at Mill Street, the project architect told The Buffalo News. The chain has a restaurant less than a …

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We have another name for summer in the Buffalo area: We call it festival season. From one-day neighborhood lawn fetes and carnivals where you know everyone, to the large multiday events that attract hundreds of thousands, festivals are happening every week throughout the summer. To help you plan out these rites of summer, Gusto will again be publishing its annual Festiv…

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Jeff Cooke will smoke just about anything. Barbecue is a specialty at This Little Pig (4401 Transit Road, Clarence), the restaurant he opened in 2017 with his wife, Mandy. But the entire menu is one big smoking section. Peanuts were smoked for dessert, specifically peanut brittle to accompany the former edition of refrigerator cake. Now there's smoked peanuts on the …

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If your summer vacation planning points to Cleveland, you probably already know the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” outfit on display as part of its Class of 2019 inductees section. And that the Cleveland Museum of Art’s heavy hitter exhibit is “Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art.” When it comes to edible art, the new class …

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They will still have to cross the border for it, but Swiss Chalet lovers in Buffalo and the Southtowns will soon have a closer option than the one in Niagara Falls, Ont. Terry St. Amand, the longtime owner and operator of a Swiss Chalet in Welland, Ont., will open one in Fort Erie next year. Located at 575 Garrison Road on Highway 3, it will be off the first exit after …

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Looks like Tim Hortons has pulled a Build-A-Bear. Anelia Bishop was looking forward to a treat Sunday morning. The Lockport mom of three young boys drove to Tim Hortons at 11 a.m. to get a "mom-sized" iced coffee at one of the two Western New York locations that were offering them free for Mother's Day. But when she pulled into the drive-thru to order it, she hadn't …