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The Cajun seafood-in-a-bag concept continues its surge locally as a third spot, Lee’s Seafood Boil, has launched its soft opening in Amherst. The fourth chapter of a small chain has found space at 3300 Sheridan Drive, a plaza corner in front of the Bailey Avenue Walmart. Lee’s also has outlets in Cleveland, Columbus and Charlotte, N.C. The catch at this type of resta…

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Nestled in a surging Genesee Street corridor in downtown Buffalo, Overwinter Coffee has made the most of its 375 square feet. The small roaster has soared by attracting the daytime business crowd while simultaneously growing its wholesale operation, retail sales and subscriptions. Overwinter announced Sunday the coffee shop will expand to a second location, in what's pr…

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Coles on Elmwood is one of the bar-restaurants where most Buffalonians have a memory. After all, it's been there forever. Maybe you were a local college student, squished between dozens of peers on a Thursday night, trying in vain to maneuver your way to the bar, trying all sorts of tactics to get the bartender's attention. Maybe you're a classy adult, rolling in for…

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Sometimes when you want a single chicken wing to go with that slice, you literally mean one wing – not a single order of 10. So we were intrigued when a co-worker tipped us to the fact that he often visits Carbone’s Pizza & Subs in the Old First Ward and grabs a slice and a few wings. Here's the deal: Walk in, choose a slice from a variety of pizzas waiting pipin…

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Stefan Coker and Dave Whelan were tired of serving side salads. The kitchen duo, then at Larkin Square's Filling Station, began a trial run of black truffle popcorn to accompany meals, simply as a change of pace. "Why don't we set up this corny popcorn business?" Coker remembers asking himself at the time. "These two big guys cruising around, slinging popcorn ... " W…

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You won't know how much you'll miss the Albright-Knox until it's gone (temporarily, at least). At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Elmwood Avenue art gallery – an institution that has put Buffalo on the grid internationally – will close for two years to execute a major expansion project. For those hungry for a bite of culture on the first Friday night of the month, or those who wa…

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The curtain goes up tonight on Waxlight Bar a Vin, one of the most eagerly anticipated Buffalo restaurants in years. The restaurant at 27 Chandler St. is a small place with big ideas. “Unique” is a word that gets abused frequently in the food service space. It means singular, the only place on Earth you can have this dish. Read the Waxlight menu, and I’m not sure …

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Iconic Buffalo pizzeria Bocce Club has made waves recently, plotting new locations for downtown Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The footprint will now grow even larger. EXPO Market on Hertel announced a licensing agreement with Bocce Club Pizza to open a bar-arcade inside the food hall at 1488 Hertel Ave. Bocce will be EXPO's new anchor tenant, sa…

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Since learning that India’s 1.3 billion people enjoy at least 30 distinct cuisines, I’ve sighed reading Western New York’s Indian menus. Tandoori chicken is nice, but my hunger for more Indian treasures has only grown. So imagine my fascination when I opened the menu at Nellai Banana Leaf to find 30 or 40 dishes I’d never seen before. South Indian Chettinad cuisine is i…

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Prish Moran, a landlord and restaurant owner whose Sweet_ness 7 Café was an early part of Grant Street’s resurgence, has decided to sell her properties. The café, which opened in December 2008, anchors a building with three more storefronts and seven apartments. It’s become an anchor to the community, and Moran added the Tabernacle, an intricately painted restaurant, ba…

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Some of the best sandwiches in Western New York can be found on the Lower West Side of Buffalo. Established in 2014, BreadHive Bakery & Cafe has become a staple on Connecticut Street. Its freshly made bread and quaint atmosphere keep BreadHive busy, and this worker-owned co-op is fairly affordable. On a recent Sunday morning, customers waited in a line that began…

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The latest step in the learning curve to create an annual Canadian American beer festival will take place Tuesday evening on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls. Craft beermakers from the Ontario Craft Brewers and the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association from 6 to 10 p.m. will host a scaled-down version of what they hope will one day become a weekend festival. The U.S. …

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Still have an appetite for more Halloween after the weekend's robust parties at the Statler, Thin Man Chandler and in RiverWorks? Good, because the calendar doesn't slow down as we speed toward Thursday – Halloween itself. Many Halloween parties present the same entertainment – prizes for best costume, themed drinks and food, and dancing to spooky music – so the setting…

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Lloyd Taco is finally set to come home. During a Monday press conference about the political controversy Lloyd Taco has become a part of for the past week, co-owner Pete Cimino said the company will be opening its third brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Elmwood Village. He did not offer an exact location or opening date, but said the restaurant would be on Elmwood A…

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Lloyd Taco has apologized for apologizing. The Buffalo-based operator of a food truck empire and two brick-and-mortar restaurants has found itself caught in the middle of a political firestorm since serving lunch to employees of the federal detention center in Batavia last Wednesday. The company held a news conference Monday morning at its Hertel Avenue headquarters …