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Some of the best sandwiches in Western New York can be found on the Lower West Side of Buffalo. Established in 2014, BreadHive Bakery & Cafe has become a staple on Connecticut Street. Its freshly made bread and quaint atmosphere keep BreadHive busy, and this worker-owned co-op is fairly affordable. On a recent Sunday morning, customers waited in a line that began…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pre-karaoke cocktails and appetizers You know when a downtown restaurant has fun cocktail names, lavender vodka and a living wall, it will be a 2019 hit. Marble + Rye (112 Genesee St.), isn't just trendy, but also well-received. The News' Andrew Z. Galarnea…

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42 North plans own birthday party 42 North Brewing Company (25 Pine St., East Aurora) will celebrate its third birthday with special releases and a party at noon Oct. 20. Several beers will be released including an Apricot Sour, Brett Belgian Pale, Flanders Red Ale and 2016 Red Army Imperial Stout. Guests will also enjoy food from Rolf’s Artisan Wood-Fired Flatbread mo…

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1) Ellicottville Fall Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7, but the festivities truly last all weekend in Ellicottville. It's free to attend, and shuttle rides cost $3 and some venues charge a cover. Commentary: Rolling through the brilliant fall foliage to Ellicottville might feel like a scenic trip to a high school or college reunion, as who knows how many familiar (a…

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Food-focused operations made up nearly half of the grant recipients awarded by Ignite Buffalo judges earlier this month. Ignite Buffalo selected 27 local small businesses to receive a combined $1 million in grants as part of a Facebook-funded program aimed at helping promising operations take their next step. Small startups working on establishing urban farming progr…

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Last year we traveled around Western New York searching out places to celebrate National Bagel Day on Feb. 9. (Unfortunately all area Manhattan Bagels closed by last August.) This year we suggest waiting for the weekend to head to the weekly Saturday Bagels & Brooze brunch party hosted by BreadHive Bakery at Hydraulic Hearth (716 Seneca St.). The quirky weekly ev…

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Faster, cheaper bread was once hailed as a great American innovation. These days, Western New Yorkers who want loaves made the old-fashioned way have to search for their daily bread. There are places using natural starters, which harness the power of wild yeast to unlock the nutritional value of grain and improve digestibility, and places making bread free of chemicals li…

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Faster, cheaper bread was once hailed as a great American innovation. These days, Western New Yorkers who want loaves made the old-fashioned way have to search for their daily bread. There are places using natural starters, which harness the power of wild yeast to unlock the nutritional value of grain and improve digestibility, and places making bread free of chemicals li…

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Jokers worldwide anticipate April Fools Day, and Buffalo is not devoid of mischief. 2015 brought "news" of Justin Timberlake booking a show for Ralph Wilson Stadium, a wildly innovative biodome sheltering Houghton College, a Bills-Argonauts exhibition game and a few other amusing pranks. What did Buffalo's trickster populace have cooked up for this year? *CatHive, a rev…

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Jokers worldwide anticipate April Fools Day, and Buffalo is not devoid of mischief. 2015 brought "news" of Justin Timberlake booking a show for Ralph Wilson Stadium, a wildly innovative biodome sheltering Houghton College, a Bills-Argonauts exhibition game and a few other amusing pranks. What did Buffalo's trickster populace have cooked up for this year? *CatHive, a rev…

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April Fools! There are still only 10 events on the list. Sorry. 1) Edible Book Festival, 3 to 6 p.m. April 2 in WNY Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). Cost is $5 cash at the door, or $3 for WNYBAC members. Commentary: I like including the WNY Book Arts Center in The 10 because it really must be an uphill marketing battle to go by the same initials as Buffalo Athlet…

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There’s a reason that dinner has long been the tried and true go-to date - it works. But, when you want to mix things up it can be tough to come up with fun, fresh ideas. Take a cue from the budding Buffalo brunch scene and set up a morning rendezvous with your significant other or newfound romantic interest. It might not seem like it’s that exciting, but a change from th…

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April Fools' Day has become even more confusing due to the trend of news consumption over social media. It's tough enough to scroll through Twitter and Facebook on a typical day to determine what to believe and what to ignore on a typical day -- but on the single day when fibbing is encouraged, all hell breaks loose. Here are the 10 (or more, as the day moves along) April…

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This morning, and in mornings to come, Public Espresso's third-wave coffee kiosk inside Hotel @ the Lafayette will bring to downtown Buffalo some of the finest breakfast pastries, bagels and treats in all the land, by which I mean Erie County. Public Espresso offers fresh-roasted coffee made with an atomic-bomb-level focus on source materials, handling and production. Exc…

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Public Espresso is opening its first establishment Wednesday in Hotel @ the Lafayette. The opening will bring Buffalo its first "third wave" coffee kiosk, offering custom-brewed coffee backed by an artisanal approach to coffee bean sourcing, roasting and production. It opens in the lobby of the hotel, at 391 Washington St., at 7 a.m. It's located in what was once the hote…