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A soft-opening during the Blizzard of 2019 was perfect for Tim Roesch to find his footing. The manager of the new Charlie Butcher's Carvery on Elmwood (770 Elmwood Ave.) is the son of Charlie Roesch, the fourth-generation owner of the Charlie the Butcher brand. Tim, who's been with the business since he was 14, directs the action inside the former Jimmy John's, next doo…

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When the temperature drops, Buffalonians turn to that which we know and love: pot roasts, casseroles, soups, and, let’s be honest, fried anything. Ah, comfort food. It may not be the healthiest, but it’s what sustains us through winter. Taylor’s Tap & Grille offers diners praise-worthy, cooked-from-scratch comfort food. The establishment, which opened four yea…

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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…

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Eckl's@Larkin is an audacious attempt at building a steakhouse into a sprawling former industrial space while infusing it with the spirit of a historic family restaurant. The result is a restaurant with wide-open spaces and plush upscale decor where you can enjoy a credible beef on weck, but also take a deep dive into the steakhouse canon. Chairman's Reserve House Pr…

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A six-foot-by-three-foot display will greet customers in the family dining area of Anchor Bar NYC, proudly relaying the tale of the chicken wing's invention in 1964 on a snowy night in Buffalo. For the first time – on May 17 – Anchor Bar will open a franchise in New York City, at 327 W. 57th St. in midtown Manhattan. Carlos Rosario, a New York City businessman, is the f…

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The beef-on-weck game just changed in Buffalo: Eckl's is coming to town. The renowned Orchard Park beef purveyor is opening a huge sibling restaurant in Larkinville that will add upscale choices to Eckl's traditional menu and sprawl over 7,000 square feet. Located in the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St., Eckl's@Larkin will give diners a plush environment adj…

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It doesn’t take much to get Joey “Coco” Diaz going. During a recent phone interview, the R-rated comedic storyteller fondly recalled his Buffalo connections, from prison to pierogi. “I always thought Buffalo was a very cool city,” he said. “It’s my type of comedy town because it’s a blue collar town.” Diaz hosts “The Church of What’s Happening Now” podcast, often appears…

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The tavern that sells one of Buffalo’s favorite burgers can be yours for $395,000. Joe and Mindy Vizzi have run the neighborhood place, at 967 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, for 22 years. They’ve had enough, and are looking to sell it and move to Florida. It’s not clear if they will find a buyer interested in keeping things the way they are. This much is sure: the future of Vizz…

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Buffalo’s food fame tends toward the greasy and carnivorous: chicken wings, fish fry, beef on weck. We’re also a city that likes to drink, slugging down a Genny Cream Ale alongside our fish at the fire hall or ordering up a bucket of Blues to go with those wings. This season, Mes Que soccer bar and restaurant has taken it a step further with “Charlie Schwabl’s Queen City D…

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Alton Brown is one of the most well-known foodies in the world, by virtue of his many food-centric shows over the years. Now he can add another line to his resume: Western New York food aficionado. Brown, who was in town over the weekend for with his live stage show, “Edible Inevitable Tour” at the University at Buffalo, apparently spent many of his waking hours in searc…

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Mike Andrzejewski has become one of the most successful chef-owners in Buffalo, with SeaBar, Cantina Loco, and Tappo, by mixing upgraded versions of classic dishes with adventurous twists aimed at getting Buffalonians to step outside their comfort zone. How many timid Buffalo diners souls agreed to the first sushi ever because a Beef on Weck Roll, rice around rare beef wr…