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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 …

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Thursday morning, the owners of Lloyd Taco issued an apology for serving lunch to employees of the federal detention center in Batavia, which has held undocumented immigrants. Late Thursday, the owner of Deep South Taco took to Facebook to remind the public that members of law enforcement, active-duty military, homeland security and first responders "always" get 35% off…

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Fresh Catch Poke debuted on Main Street in Williamsville in January 2018, becoming the area's first restaurant to offer a menu dedicated to poke, a colorful Hawaiian dish featuring seafood – often raw – over rice. Michael Tobin's brand, which emphasizes sustainable, eco-friendly sourcing and responsible presentation, will soft open its second location at 5:30 p.m. Oct. …

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Buffalo's Biggest Halloween Bash set the mood for spooky season, serving as a fantastic source for costume ideas and reminding how creepy/bizarre this tradition can be. We're only getting started. The schedule hits full bore this weekend, with a bevy of annual Halloween events - from ultra creepy to ultra heavy to ultra '90s - lined up for Buffalo-area haunts (get it?).…

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On Wednesday, Lloyd Taco catered a lunch at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia. But by Thursday, what usually would be seen as an uneventful decision by the popular operator of food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants became a controversy that consumed social media and another example of how previously innocuous moments are further evidence of the polarizatio…

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Buffalo has a distinct pizza style. Faintly sweet breadlike dough, baked in greased pans in a deck oven, built for carrying a payload. Buffalo pizza lovers’ first encounter with New York City style may prompt comment on how the pizzamaker tweezers out cheese like gold leaf instead of the deep white drifts Buffalonians know. In my youth, in my first Noo Yawk 99-cent s…

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It was the day after Halloween in 1985 when Susan Hurd Machamer and her daughter Amy, the seventh generation of their family to make Hurd Orchards fruitful, had the scary realization something had to change. “The phone did not ring,” Amy Machamer said. “Nobody came.” The steady stream of customers out to pick apples at the Holley farm stopped “as if you turned off the w…

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A successful East Side Yemeni restaurant will expand if its landlord can reach agreement on construction plans with the City of Buffalo. Al Mandy, 797 Broadway, could use more space for diner seating and food preparation, said Mohsin Abdulghafoor Mohamed, the property owner. Mohamed has proposed adding 2,800 square feet to the existing building, which would double th…

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Stare into the cheese and pepperoni Rorschach and tell me what you see. Love? A spark of joy? Pride and power are also acceptable answers, Junior, but we’re not working on daddy issues until we’re four slices deep. Lovejoy Pizza – with two locations, including one in a neighborhood on the edge of Sloan – is a fitting name for a pie of passion, and it's clawing its way i…

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You might say John Becker took the long way around to running a bowling alley in East Aurora. These days, Becker is running Mister’s Bar and Lanes, 206 Main St., East Aurora, with Arthur “Artie” Petch, his cousin. They took over the place, formerly 11th Frame, a couple of weeks ago. It’s about 10 miles from where he grew up, in the North Java-Strykersville area. The …

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“Cold Coffee Lousy Food.” No, that’s not a Yelp review. It’s the slogan at Fast Teddy’s Restaurant. It takes guts to put that on your window, and I had to investigate. Apparently I’m not the only one intrigued by the slogan. “It draws a lot of people in,” said Dave Dewols, who co-owns the establishment with his wife, Gina. “They want to see what’s going on.” We…

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Framed portraits of famous people born in Buffalo lean against the window across from the bar of Buffalo Soul. Rick James, Lucille Ball and the Goo Goo Dolls are perhaps the easiest to identify, and local sports fans will notice NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, St. Bonaventure great Bob Lanier and maybe longtime NBA player Clifford Robinson. These pictures are one indica…

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TED Talks are firmly in Buffalo's vernacular; it's rare that you'll receive a blank stare when TEDxBuffalo is mentioned. The beauty of these 18-minute presentations is their brevity; our ever-dwindling attention spans can cope, and if one topic is too dull, there's an entirely different idea ready to be delivered by the next speaker. People with a passion for ideas a…

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The Buffalo Bills will take on their old nemesis the Miami Dolphins today. Should the Bills win, as they are favored to do, they will be 5-1. What follows is a story that begins the last time the Bills won five of their first six games. That was on Oct. 19, 2008 — 11 years and one day ago — when the Bills beat the San Diego Chargers 23-14 in a game at Rich Stadium that …