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One of the city’s oldest restaurants plans to reopen later than expected this year, but work is underway to bring DiTondo’s back to Buffalo diners, and secure its future. “Right now, we're kind of in the throes of doing some structural work to the building,” said Rita DiTondo, who bought the building from relatives with her Italian chef husband, Fabio Consonni. “There's…

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Allentown Pizza is the last vestige of late-night eats on Allen Street before stepping eastward into the dreaded desert of packaged gas-station munchies. If you find yourself there, I can make a bankable bet you’re in either one of two positions: The first and more familiar to yours truly being you’ve shakily careened out of an overcrowded bar having struck out, resigni…

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“To make the best krupnik,” rumbled the Rev. Czeslaw Michal Krysa, “one must start with the best honey.” In the rectory of St. Casimir’s Church in Kaisertown, the burly Roman Catholic priest poured shots of homemade honey liqueur, filling etched crystal glasses from a matching decanter while explaining how his father obtained the delicate vessels in Chopin’s birthplace …

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It's customer appreciation time again at Ted's Hot Dogs. To celebrate 93 years in business, the Buffalo chain will discount the price of its regular hot dogs to 93 cents Wednesday. They usually run $3.29. The deal is available at all Ted's locations. There are nine in the Buffalo Niagara market and one in Arizona. Ted's Hot Dogs was founded by Greek immigrant Theo…

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This is not an ordinary week. Presidents Day is Monday, and a week off from school presents a juggling act for many families. How do you keep kids entertained? What can you do, as a family, that's not mundane? Here's a solid list, as all but the finale of the Big 5 can accommodate all ages. Fat Thursday Polish Happy Hour, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Stag…

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There's great barbecue in Lovejoy, promising soul food downtown and underrated fried chicken in Schiller Park. New businesses on Hertel Avenue and in the Northland Workforce Training Center are eager to make an impression, while a popular bakery with nearly 11,000 Facebook likes has become a household name. These businesses are united by a few traits: They're all local,…

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The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament is for more than just hockey fans. It's for those who want to explore a cool section of and venue in Buffalo. It's for quirky music fans who relish Nerds Gone Wild. It's for friends of the skaters, the appreciation of goofy team names and the refreshing cold air of Buffalo winter. While the amateur hockey tournament, in a 4-vs.-…

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In the heart of the Elmwood Village, consumers can get overwhelmed with the flurry of shops and restaurants lining Elmwood Avenue. But on the blocks between Lexington Avenue and Bryant Street, one location sticks out from the rest. Street Asian Food shines brightly, with an exterior to match. Maybe it is the neon green walls, or maybe it’s the flavors of Thailand, Burma…

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The dawn of ice cream stand season is a refreshing, sweet reminder that warmer, brighter days are ahead. The heavily anticipated opening of the vibrant Dairy Queen, at 1102 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, is typically one of the first businesses to open its doors, with many more local options not far behind. Here's a calendar of the opening dates for nearly 25 stands and …

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Having concluded that the job of being The Buffalo News’ designated eater produces too much joy to contain in one corporeal form, I invited some of the people who pay for my privilege to be my guests, and help our readers weigh a restaurant. Since the review’s ultimate goal is to provide its audience with actionable intelligence, helping them decide how to spend their s…

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Paper is up in the Elma windows where fried chicken was king, but soon the neighbors are going to get a whiff of smoke. TSG BBQ, a barbecue joint by competitive barbecue cooks, is taking shape at 6272 Seneca St, Elma. The property was formerly Rt. 16 Chicken Shack. TSG is for Two Smokin' Guys, Dave Galuski and George Colvin, the linchpins to a competitive barbecue te…

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Two months into the Amherst pizza vacuum left by the closing of Leonardi's at Grover Cleveland and Longmeadow, Mister Pizza is stepping into the void. The former Leonardi's at 614 Grover Cleveland Highway is on the way to becoming the third outpost of the Elmwood Avenue favorite. Mister Pizza also has a location at 643 Grant St. near SUNY Buffalo State. It should be …

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If you’re tired of traditional dinner plans for Valentine’s Day, perhaps it’s time to try something new this year. Buffalo offers plenty of unique romantic events on the evening of Feb. 14 for you and your date to celebrate love. Step outside the box this year with these alternative Valentine’s Day event ideas. Times listed are for Feb. 14 only. Lumagination at the B…

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This newsletter is committed to satisfying a great range of cravings. Need brain stimulation? Consider a Scrabble tournament for a cause. Want decadence for your taste buds? There's a luxurious food-and-drink fest in East Amherst. Want to listen to new takes on old favorites? There's both Badfish and the Allman Betts Band this week. It's a solid week.   BIG 5 AND A BON…

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Dark Rose Deli is the latest flavor of culinary creativity to blossom at 27 Chandler St. Funkily creative Waxlight, the city’s buzziest new restaurant, is on the first floor. Behind it is Southern Junction, the newly opened takeout purveyor of Texas barbecue, Indian cuisine, and their cross-pollinated progeny. On the second floor, developer Rocco Termini's culinary i…