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1) Kesha and Macklemore, 7 p.m. July 22 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Individual lawn tickets are as low as $29.50, while lawn four-packs are available for $22.50 per person. All ticket info here. Commentary: Does the summer concert season really start until Kesha walks into Darien Lake? (Yes, it started more than a month ago, but that's bes…

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The restaurant, bar, fresh foods and dry goods market hybrid planned for East Amherst is now open. My Dad's Market and Restaurant, owned and operated by Bill Lewis of Falconer-based Lewis & Son, Inc., held a soft launch late last week at 6850 Main St., at the corner of Transit Road. The building was previously occupied by a TGI Fridays, which closed last February. …

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Lackawanna's Mess Hall is changing its basic lineup by adding a sandwich series, naming choices after numerous Lackawannans. The restaurant, 717 Ridge Road, is located across the street from Lackawanna City Hall and the Lackawanna Police Department. If you walk in and ask for Lt. Lalka, the Mess Hall will hook you up with a combination of salami, capacolla, prosciutt…

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Brunch doesn't take a break after Easter Sunday. Three trendy local businesses - small-batch patisserie Butter Block, West Side coffee-house newcomer Remedy House and downtown restaurant Marble + Rye - will contribute to a 12-week Sunday brunch series at the latter's home, 112 Genesee St. The first edition is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8. No reservations will be…

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Like every winter, now is the winter of our discontent. Football is over and our plan to organize family photos has fizzled. Avoid the inevitable ennui that sets in this time of year by visiting Hydraulic Hearth’s Saturday Burritos & Brooze brunch. Formerly Bagels & Brooze in collaboration with BreadHive Bakery (see a past Smiles gallery), this year’s vers…

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For a couple of weeks now, faithful Sophia's customers who dragged themselves out of bed early on Sunday to avoid the line at the popular Military Road breakfast spot, found it closed without notice. Turns out it's for a good reason, not a bad one: owner Sam Doherty wanted to spend more time with his children. "I decided to close Sundays, at least for the rest of the…

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After three seasons of the Bagels & Brooze Saturday brunch event at Hydraulic Hearth, the Larkin Square restaurant will collaborate with Lomo Lomo! Food Truck for its new Burritos & Brooze series. See who hung out on the debut day, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

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Hydraulic Hearth is hosting a Beer Garden Gospel Brunch for those ready to hear the good word about barbecued pork and gospel music. The brick-oven pizza restaurant, along with The Black Sheep owner and chef Steve Gedra and local musicians, will present an outdoor three-part monthly gospel brunch series. The first two seatings are Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. While Toney Rhod…

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Freshly baked brioche seared in butter. Chocolate pastry cream. Silky mousse fashioned from house-ground peanut butter. Bananas Foster sauce. Bacon-studded caramel. Candied peanuts. These are the components of The Elvis—a dessert so exceptional I can’t remember anything else I ate at the meal it capped. And that is saying a lot, considering it was served to me at The Blac…

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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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We love the idea of a Valentine’s brunch outing (and no, not the eat-all-you-can-buffet-style). An early time of day, great food, reasonable prices and mimosas — what’s not to love? It’s also a great way to try out a restaurant without plunking down big bucks or fighting to find night parking. Brunch is served from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo Proper (333 Frankli…

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Sunday brunch starts at The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St., on March 29, reports chef-owner Steven Gedra. Dishes will include rosemary-basted Oles Farm eggs with Parmigiano Reggiano, greens, and polenta; assorted scones with housemade jams and butter; smoked T-Meadow ham with eggs, biscuit, creamed greens; and corned beef hash and eggs, called H.R.E.A.M. That stands for…