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Greystone, the fine-dining restaurant that succeeded Snooty Fox on Delaware Avenue, has closed. The nightspot, at 445 Delaware Ave., opened in September. As it opened, Chef Kevin O'Connell Jr., son of retiring WGRZ chief weathercaster Kevin O'Connell, described the restaurant as his "last hurrah" in a restaurant career spanning decades. While the restaurant starte…

Buffalo

One of Buffalo's two startup cat lounges is hoping it won't need nine lives to win city approval. Jessica Brandon is seeking a special-use permit for a tavern and outdoor dining from the Buffalo Common Council to permit her to open up Purrfect Cafe & Gallery at 1507 Hertel Ave., with a sidewalk patio. The restaurant, which would be located in one half of the buil…

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NYBP's honey beer supports Mason's Mission New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport) will release its newest beer, Mason, on July 26. The limited-edition honey blonde ale is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and was brewed with 240 pounds of wildflower honey. It is being released on Disability Independence Day, and $1 from every pint sold will benefit M…

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With the Irish tricolor as prevalent in South Buffalo as the stars and stripes that adorn the lightposts and houses, it is clear the neighborhood firmly identifies with its historical heritage. It is some surprise, then, that some of Buffalo's best pizza is found densely packed into this region of the city. Among these is Brick Oven Bistro, located on Abbott Road and su…

Business

Ellicottville Brewing Co. has opened its new $6 million brewing and bottling facility in Little Valley. The facility, located in the former Salamanca Beverage Corp. building at 202 Second St., will lead to creation of 40 full-time jobs at the craft brewer, which currently has 149 employees. The 75,000-square-foot Little Valley site can produce 180 barrels of beer a d…

Buffalo

A former church at the corner of Sycamore and Sobieski streets in Buffalo's Fillmore District will become a Halal market with an upstairs apartment, if the Buffalo Common Council grants a special-use permit. Junahid Ahmed wants to convert the vacant 2,015-square-foot building he bought at 1061 Sycamore into a mixed-use building, using the first floor to house his Sycamo…

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The owner of Louie's Foot-Long Hot Dogs on Niagara Street wants to add some seasonal outdoor seating as she seeks to expand her business. Elaine Baker has applied to the Buffalo Common Council for a special-use permit to allow her to put an outdoor patio with three picnic tables on the city sidewalk in front of her eatery at 1893 Niagara. The area would be roped off, bu…

Festivals

If you've enjoyed The 10, Gusto's weekly series previewing many of the area's top events each weekend, as a resource for things to do in Buffalo, then this new series will fill in the gaps for weekday happenings. While Rockin' at the Knox, featuring Beck, sold out long before Monday's gig, there's plenty more on tap for a busy summer week in the Queen City. Canal Fest …

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Jocelyn Ingram's first cookbook was a doozy. "A Treasury of Great Recipes," published in 1965 by horror film legend Vincent Price and his then-wife Mary, caught her eye. The book described how to make grand Continental splurges like Scampi Auroroa from Harry's Bar, in Venice, Italy, and metropolitan show-stoppers like steak Diane and soufflé au Grande Marnier, from …

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Translating directly to “pride” from French, Fierté is a relatively new club, just off the strip of Allen Street’s de facto gay quarter, on Virginia Place. The former Twilight Room boasts a new sleek industrial design that’s been woven into the standing wood to create an ambiance that reflects the duality of the bar’s character. An ambitious endeavor from the start, Fie…

Erie County

O.J. Simpson was invited to the Mulligan's Reunion Party Sunday afternoon at Templeton Landing Restaurant near Erie Basin Marina. "He couldn't make it," said Michael Militello, looking tanned and toned as he greeted guests to the VIP party in the restaurant's rooftop club. "His parole officer declined," Militello said. "He's with his children and they are planning a …

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Consider it National Comfort Food Weekend. After local media made a big deal Friday about National French Fry Day, it felt cheap to shortchange National Macaroni and Cheese Day, pegged for July 14. Just like french fries, macaroni and cheese served by restaurants is often judged on a pedestal. Anyone with a hint of culinary prowess can prepare Kraft Macaroni & Ch…

Festivals

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 …