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How do you go from working in manufacturing to making homemade sweet treats for the public? Simply come up with a “pie in the sky” idea like Kristin Linn. She opened Armor Sweet Treats in November after things just fell into place. Linn still works in the manufacturing industry, but also runs the ice cream shop and bakery, which feature both indoor and outdoor seating, …

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BBQ and Blues Bash 5 to 9 p.m. at the Cobblestone District, Illinois Street near the KeyBank Center. Tickets $25 pre-sale here, $30 at the door, and $65 VIP, including food and drink specials. The 10th edition of the Cobblestone District's celebration of barbecue, live blues and beer raises money for the Gateway-Longview social services agency. Barbecue lineup: Babz BB…

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French-inspired West Side restaurant Lait Cru Brasserie has expanded its offerings, introducing liquor and custom cocktails, with a patio on the way. The restaurant opened in 2016 in the Horsefeathers building, 346 Connecticut St. It previously offered wine, beer and cider with its menu. With the approval of Lait Cru's liquor license, the restaurant started offering …

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Prescott's Provisions, a City of Tonawanda restaurant offering ambitious features like housemade pasta and live-fire cooking, plans to open June 26. The building at 40 E. Niagara St. is feet from the Erie Canal, and will draw customers by water as well as road, since its front yard offers city-run boat parking. Vincent Thompson, who led kitchens at BOSS, Buffalo Chop…

Festivals

1) Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle, gates open at noon, music begins at 1:45 p.m. June 16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 plus fees for general admission, $50 plus fees for premium view; more details here. Ticket prices rise to $55 on the day of the show. Commentary: Kerfuffle is beloved for several reasons: it unites indie music fans on Buffalo's waterfron…

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One thing Buffalo and Western New York don't lack? Summer festivals. Here's a look at what's coming through September. Skip to July  |  August  |  September JUNE June 15: Buffalo River Festival. 6 p.m. Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Family event with live music, games, craft vendors, concessions and historical waterfront memorabilia and photos. June 16: Buff…

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Anyone who thinks cooking can't be an artistic performance should be blessed to have a ringside seat on a skilled grill jockey during breakfast rush. Eggs cracked out two at a time in neat lines, shells finding the trash in no-look arcs. Mountains of home fries lining the griddle's western horizon chopped into foothills with metronymic precision to crisp before plating.…

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Injuries stopped Michael Sendlbeck's landscaping career, but he didn’t want to just sit around, he said. That's why he and his wife Robin decided to buy a shed, and turn it into a popcorn stand, which opened in late May. Papa's Popcorn, 6610 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center, offers bags of freshly popped kernels in flavors like Buffalo wing and Handmade Caramel. Des…

Local News

The developer seeking to open a Starbucks with a drive-thru in Amherst just outside Williamsville has paid $1.6 million to purchase the building, public records show. An out-of-town investment group that includes Matthew J. Lester of Rochester bought the property, Lester said. The group bought 5165 Main St., at South Forest Road, last week from Sarjudas Main Street LLC.…

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America's Fair now has an American pale ale. Buffalo's Flying Bison Brewing Co. will be brewing Erie County Fair American Pale Ale, with six-packs to be available on store shelves starting the week of June 25. Production was to start Wednesday morning, but due to a mechanical issue with Flying Bison Brewery’s bottling line, the bottling and packaging of the Erie Coun…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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Potato pancakes are personal. In a recent restaurant review, I described my childhood potato pancakes, lacy-edged patties of shredded spuds gone golden in hot oil. My point was that my standards, indelibly set in my mother’s kitchen, heightened my distaste for the restaurant’s version. When readers asked what I was talking about, I made some potato pancakes for my mo…

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Taste of Vegan Sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. at Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). Tickets $19 (non-drinking), $27.50 (drinking) here, and at the door, as capacity allows. Children under 5 enter for free. An all-you-can-eat assortment of more than 30 plant-based appetizers, main courses, drinks and desserts will be offered in bite-sized form from a…

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Flying Bison updates hours for summer Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) has made changes to its hours to take advantage of its updated outdoor space. The newly furnished patio and side lot boast soft stone, wooden picnic tables, resin Adirondack chairs and plenty of games, including KanJam and cornhole. Flying Bison’s new hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through …

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The charming Swan Street Diner is a restoration of the Sterling Company diner cars originally made by the J.B. Judkins Company. When the company started to make the cars, they numbered them based on when they were finished from the time they started in 1936 until 1942. The soft yellow and maroon car that has made its home in Larkin Square is number 397. From the musi…