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Beer specialist and restaurateur Mike Shatzel has reached a deal to buy Colter Bay Grill, a longstanding fixture at Delaware Avenue and Allen Street. He’ll take over the lease on Feb. 1 and close the place for renovations, planning to reopen in April, Shatzel said. The restaurant, 561 Delaware Ave., was opened in 1988 by the Brinkworth family. Plans include opening up th…

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One wonders about the conversation between U.S. customs officers and Canadian restaurateurs Jake Fraser and Konstantine Kentros as they crossed the border to open Allen Street Poutine Company. We like to imagine border patrol granting them immediate access and the keys to the city after tasting this Quebec import of fresh-cut fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Pouti…

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The long-dormant Puritan building on Allen Street is coming back to life, with apartments upstairs and a new restaurant called Billy Club on the first floor. It will be the first place for owners Dan Hagen, a bartender at Toutant, and Jake Strawser, a mortgage advisor who also bartends at Blue Monk. They hope to open in early 2016. “We wanted to offer a bar program and m…

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The running joke about Towne Restaurant, the faithful Allentown eatery known for its late hours and Greek-American menu, is that if you’ve eaten there you might not remember it. You might not recall how you got there, when you left, or how your party of six might, possibly, have gotten kicked out for being too loud. Give yourself a break. It happens to the best of us. Bu…

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In the Western New York restaurant Class of 2015 yearbook, Allen Burger Venture already has won “Most Likely to Have a Heavy Metal Video Break Out Right on the Bar.” A white-tiled wall framed with kinks of metal pipe is festooned with enough edged and tined implements for a horror movie barnyard, including enough meat cleavers to make Jason Voorhees’ fingers twitch. ¶ Mi…

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A Latin fusion restaurant called Pasión is coming to the former Black Swan space on Elmwood Avenue. Owner Yeslin Greason said she’s aiming to open by the end of November. Work is under way inside the building, at 153 Elmwood Ave. “It’ll be Miami-inspired fare, with Cuban influence,” said Manuel Cruz, who grew up in Miami and will be the chef. There’ll be Cuban standards …

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Open now for about three months at the corner of Allen St. and Park St., Grindhaus Café has brought a vegetarian dining option to a part of the city that has long needed one—even with Café 59’s legacy, Merge up the street, and Amy’s farther north. As the city’s demographics change, so do its tastes, and Megan Stewart’s corner café, modest but cozy, is making the tentative…