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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 …

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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…

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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…

Food and Drink

After abruptly closing its doors in October last year, Fry Baby Donuts is abruptly reopening. Fry Baby, Buffalo's first vegan doughnut shop, held its "grand re-opening" Thursday morning, serving its first fresh doughnuts in three months. In October, owner Ann Hogan said she was not sure she would reopen, at that address or elsewhere. But an Instagram post appeared su…

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The issue at the crux of the current partial government shutdown apparently played a part in an incident in which a Buffalo man was charged with harassment early Saturday morning. Scott M. Faith was charged with harassment for punching a man after allegedly yelling "Build that wall!" repeatedly at passersby at the intersection of Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue, accordi…

Art

Allentown is changing, they say. That was the buzz as I spent a late fall afternoon and evening indulging in food, drink and music, digging what I’ve long believed to be a deep Bohemian vibe in this funky first neighborhood north of the Buffalo downtown-proper border. “It’s not like it used to be, man,” a grizzled acquaintance drawled when I ran into him after indulg…

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A couple from Kazakhstan is taking their crêpes operation from a food truck to an Allen Street store. Irina Dyuzheva and her husband Igor Dyuzhev started selling crêpes from their Totally Edible truck in September 2017. Now they’ve taken over the food counter inside Holley Farms Market, 233 Allen St. To start, they’re offering the sweet and savory stuffed crêpe choic…

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A man was taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning after suffering a large cut to the back of his head at an Allen Street bar, according to a Buffalo police report. The victim, who was bleeding profusely, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center at about 12:15 a.m. from Cathode Ray, 26 Allen, according to the report. The victim was "extremely uncoope…

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The city agency that oversees the Buffalo Building Reuse Project is considering extending two low-interest loans totaling $1.5 million to a pair of separate redevelopment projects by Nick Sinatra and Scott Croce. The two projects – Sinatra's Heritage Point on the South Aud Block of Canalside and an Allentown redevelopment by Croce's LeoStrong – are each seeking $750,000…

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If you say the words "dive bar" to a Buffalonian, more often than not you'll soon hear about a weird, late-night experience at the Old Pink. In its #SavetheDiveBar initiative this summer, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the Old Pink, at 223 Allen St., as one of seven bars that best depict a historic American dive. (It's technically called the A…