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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…

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Steven Tyler & the Loving Mary Band 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Artpark Tuesdays in the Park (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Cost is $17 and tickets may be purchased here. The Aerosmith front-man is a bonafide rock 'n' roll icon, but he also loves other forms of American roots music, and in Nashville's Lovng Mary Band, he's found some real ringers. Expect plenty of mildly co…

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After finding an audience for its housemade Americana, This Little Pig is bursting at the seams. The Clarence restaurant is taking over the plaza space next door to its 4401 Transit Road location. The move will allow Mandy Cooke and Jeff Cooke Jr. to add 50 seats, practically doubling the restaurant's interior capacity. A family restroom is also in the offing. The…

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Beef-on-weck star Charlie the Butcher will be opening a restaurant in the city of its birth. The carvery, in the first floor of 770 Elmwood Ave., will occupy a space that was previously Jimmy John's. In the city, Charlie the Butcher sandwiches are available from stands in the Ellicott Square Building and at Coca-Cola Field during Bisons games. Besides sandwiches, the…

Amherst

Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa said he is frustrated over the latest troubling incident at the Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst, and town officials will consider every measure possible to rein in problems at the venue. Kulpa said in an interview that he challenged a top Chuck E. Cheese's executive on Sunday to take significant steps to curb violence at the Harlem Road restaurant…

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IHOP Restaurants has changed its name to IHOb – for a little while, at least. Sensing a marketing opportunity, it teased the new initials on social media last week, leaving 30,000 people weighing in on what the "b" might stand for. Most guesses revolved around "breakfasty" b's, such as "brunch" and "bacon." https://twitter.com/MallloryN/status/1005543777866575872 …

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We will reserve any deep commentary on IHOP's announcement it will be temporarily rebranded as IHOb, in an attempt to create awareness of the chain's lunch and dinner offerings. The "b" is supposed to represent "burgers," replacing "pancakes" in the "International House of Pancakes" name. It sort of reminds us of the trend in minor league baseball, including here, to te…

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The public acceptance of babies in bars seems to be a relatively new phenomenon. If it isn’t, it’s certainly become more prevalent in recent years. And whether because of a bar culture shift from dark and lonely to sunny and stylish or beer consumption trends steered from pounding nameless pilsners to savoring new craft pints, the trend makes sense. It’s a chance for yo…

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Update! Go see Morty the Corpse Flower Open until 11 p.m. at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $9 for students (13+ with ID) and $6 for kids 3-12 years old. The last time a corpse flower opened at the Botanical Gardens, more than 2,500 people converged upon the venue to catch a whi…