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1) Galbani Italian Heritage Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 12-14, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 15 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.). General admission is $5, and $2 for seniors; a four-day pass runs for $15. Admission is free between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Commentary: There's no denying that turning the annual Italian Festival from a Hertel A…

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Prescott's Provisions, the new canalside restaurant in the City of Tonawanda, serves food that is something to behold. Located at 40 E. Niagara St., it's open for dinner. In clement weather, its garage-door walls open to the Erie Canal aquascape a few yards away. Inside, the room soars to ceiling fans and soaks up evening light through broad expanses of windows. Cust…

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My kids have wondered if there's a curse on 3171 Main St. The University Heights space caught their fancy when it was Eddie's Chophouse, Buffalo's only Chinese barbecue specialist, with red-lacquered pork hanging in a glass case ready for the chopping. Eddie's caught fire and closed. Then came Sandwich Envy, purveyor of eye-popping Iowa-style pork tenderloin sandwiches …

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Buffalonians have plenty of places to hide during the city’s inclement months. Darkened whiskey slings and mood-lit martini bars. Cramped corner pubs with Bills game beer specials, and family staples serving a heralded fish fry. These are the joints people pile in during harsh weather, and the affinity for such huddled revelry gives credence to Buffalo’s claim as the Ci…

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By Lisa Wolfson and Leslie Patton Bloomberg Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain, plans to open more than 1,500 restaurants in China amid a growing global trade war. The restaurants will open over the next 10 years through a master franchise agreement with Cartesian Capital Group, Tim Hortons said Wednesday. “We have two main priorities at Tim Ho…

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Although national sites may point to fall as the best season in which to open a new restaurant, May and June appear to be two popular months to open a restaurant in Buffalo. Warmer weather and more hours of daylight fuel eaters' willingness to try something new — such as not ordering Skip The Dishes while perusing Netflix — while the peak of the local growing season pro…

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Misuta Chow's, a Japanese-inflected arcade-restaurant, opens downtown July 14. The two-story space at 521 Main St. will offer carefully curated eating, drinking and gaming experiences. It's owned by Christi Allen and Johny Chow, the bassist for alt-metal band Stone Sour. "He’ll transport guests to the alleyways of Tokyo City for an authentic tour of Japan’s food and …

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More than a century of family ownership will end when DiTondo's proprietors find a buyer. The restaurant, at 370 Seneca St., has been listed for sale. The entire operation, from real estate to kitchen equipment, can be yours for $825,000. Its fans, hungry for sausage sandwiches, stuffed peppers and spaghetti parm, will say a prayer for continuity. Three generation…

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DeFlippo's restaurant has closed in Lockport, ending a 71-year Italian-American legacy. The restaurant, located at 326 West Ave., announced its closure on its Facebook page on July 9. "We are looking to relocate out of the city of Lockport," it said. "Thank you for all the wonderful years in the west end!" The restaurant was operated by Dominick DeFlippo, a third-gen…

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After more than a year of planning and construction, the restaurant at 7170 Transit Road in Amherst is close to debuting its new look and name. Novel Restaurant was formerly known as Amaretto Italian Bistro. Chef Richard Semonian and General Manager David Petruzzi, who own the place, closed their restaurant in April to expand. They hope to welcome customers again by the…

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Flying Bison trumpets an event trifecta Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) will host a trio of events July 12 to 14. The brewery will host local favorites Strictly Hip, a tribute band to the Tragically Hip, for a free show on the outdoor stage from 6 to 9 p.m. July 12. From noon to 2 p.m. July 13, local restaurant owner Mike Andrzejewski (Seabar, Cantina …

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Arthur Bovino came to Buffalo with a plan to write a 60,000-word book on Buffalo cuisine. The New York City resident spent about a month eating in Buffalo, and more time delving into the history behind the food he found. He ate at more than 120 places, and packed on 20 pounds. When Bovino started writing, he wrote 60,000 words and kept going. "I couldn't stop," he sa…

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Templeton Landing, the waterfront restaurant on the approach to the Erie Basin Marina, has rewritten its menu to focus on seafood. The vast restaurant at 2 Templeton Terrace can hold about 245 people, including indoor tables and outdoor seating areas that offer views of the Erie Basin and Buffalo River. Customers can come by land or sea, as the restaurant has boat pa…

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You might want to consider swapping out the lemon in your ice water for cucumber, and Beyoncé may want to consider switching to an entirely different beverage altogether. The price of lemons is going up, and it isn't expected to drop again for months, according to the Produce Alliance, a group that procures fresh fruits and vegetables for the food service industry. T…