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Ben Obletz says there's a demand for high-end luxury living in Buffalo, and he's aiming to prove it with his newest apartments. But first he has to finish renting them. His company, First Amherst Development, opened its new Nineteen North apartment building in downtown Buffalo a few months ago, with 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments located a block from the northwes…

Food and Drink

The owner of Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar is buying the bar across the street with plans to turn it onto a nightspot for “all of Buffalo.” J.J. Alfieri said that 256 Allen St., formerly Exchange on Allen and the Bend, is under contract. “It’s 95% done,” he said of the deal. Called Flavors of Allentown, “It's going to be a really fun place,” Alfieri said. “It's going to …

Buffalo

The Buffalo Planning Board Monday approved proposals by Frank Chinnici's Legacy Development and by Marrano Homes for construction of seven townhouses in Allentown and 69 new single-family home lots in North Buffalo. Legacy wants to construct the project at 8 St. Louis Place, near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The three-story attached townhouses will each have a on…

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Allen Burger Venture has nailed the art of the destination hamburger. The beef is better – grass-fed, organic, aged for deeper flavor, a patty that delivers more wows than average cow. The kitchen’s execution is precise, too, thanks to the years of fine-tuning from managing partner Dino DeBell and chef Todd Serotte. In a time when medium rare has been driven extin…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man was arrested early Tuesday morning for driving on an Allentown lawn and crashing into a fountain and flower pots, according to the Buffalo Police Department. Daniel Regan, 27, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and trespass, a violation, after driving onto the lawn of a Park Street home in his 2012 Jeep. Regan damaged a lawn fou…

Courts

DNA evidence helped lead to a guilty plea by a Buffalo man in an attempted rape that occurred earlier this year, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Omar Clark, 27, pleaded guilty Monday before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to one count of first-degree attempted rape. Prosecutors said the crime occurred in March on Allen Street in Buffalo a…

Buffalo

Ellicott Development Co. has acquired a pair of investment properties in the Elmwood Village and Allentown neighborhoods, with hopes for eventual projects on both sites. The Buffalo-based real estate developer, owned by Carl and William Paladino, paid $1.1 million this week through 339 Ganson Group to buy the two-story P.L.U.M. Works building at 138 Allen and 71 Park St…

Crime

Three Buffalo residents accused of attacking a couple early Sunday outside an Allentown eatery have all been arraigned in Buffalo City Court on felony charges of second-degree gang assault, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Stephon McCann and Deante Peoples, both 26, and 27-year-old Tarrice Greer were each also charged Monday with…

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Dutch Tulips, 7 p.m. May 30, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. Fuzzy power-pop band Dutch Tulips will be making a visit to downtown Buffalo as it nears the end of its two-week spring itinerary. The Boston quartet made quick haste of an East Coast and Midwest batch of dates as it tours in supports of its debut effort "Receiver." Shared earlier this month, the energ…

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In the heart of Allentown is a chameleonic, quirky, anything-goes watering hole called The Alley Cat. On weekend nights, packed crowds clamoring for its signature $7 beer-and-shot combo jostle for position at the long, wooden bar. During weekday afternoons, The Alley Cat serves as a community hangout where friends toss darts, sip $4 bottles of Labatt Blue or $3 cans of …

Crime

A bullet fired during a fight in Allentown early Sunday morning struck a vehicle with two people inside, according to a Buffalo police report. Two men were fighting in the rear of the parking lot behind Towne Restaurant, on the southeast corner of Elmwood Avenue and Allen Street, according to the report. One of the men was thrown to the ground and then got up and fir…

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Exchange on Allen, a bar-restaurant at the corner of Allen Street and Wadsworth, has closed. Owners Gillian Stott and Matthew Marino took over the space, formerly known as the Bend, and switched the name to Exchange on Allen, freshening its look considerably in 2014, then again with a substantial exterior renovation last November. Exchange was known for DJ-driven dan…

Crime

A Clarence woman has been charged with a felony for pulling a fire alarm at an Allentown bar when there was no fire, according to police and court records. The incident happened at Allen Street Hardware on Allen Street at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Buffalo police report. Katie D. Lovell, 33, was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a cla…

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Cafe 59 is a cool spot perfect for any-occasion lunch, dinner or drinks, and without the “this place isn’t for everyone” attitude and atmosphere of many other bar-restaurants which could be described as "cool.” A true Allentown community hub, it strikes me somehow as nearby long-standing staple Towne Restaurant’s trendy younger cousin. On a recent Wednesday night visit…

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Look what Queen Llama-tifah started. This hump-less royalty is actually one-dimensional, a character in a painting that hung downstairs in the bar-restaurant formerly known as Fierte, now called The Quarter, at 26 Virginia Place in Allentown. Noticing his customers taking pictures with the llama painting, Brandon Carr, the bar-restaurant's owner, had a vision. With t…