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Though family restaurant Golden Parachute closed its Williamsville storefront in September, its catering department is growing to include a training program for homeless single parents. For 29 years, Tony and Judy Palmisano operated Golden Parachute, a restaurant that was like an extension of their kitchen for a generation of Willamsville residents. Over the decades,…

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Call them alternatives to coffee shops: Bubble tea businesses have popped up all over the Buffalo area, from Taichi Bubble Tea to Tea Leaf Cafe and Buffalo Bubble Tea, to name a few. As options become more plentiful, the competition encourages better quality. Lucky Koi Bubble Tea, at 3216 Main St. in University Heights, held a soft opening in mid-February before its off…

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Since the day it opened in 2011, the multi-ethnic food court on Grant Street called West Side Bazaar has given me heartburn. Not from indigestion, but the fear of making poor decisions about what to eat. It offers more than 100 dishes that channel a dozen cuisines from around the world. So the chance of picking a dud – then watching an eye-popping dish carried by your t…

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A strong option for bubble tea and small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine is headed for Hamburg. Amherst-based Tea Leaf Cafe has announced a new Southtowns location to complement its existing space, at 4224 Maple Road, the business confirmed on Facebook. The new location, at 3835 McKinley Parkway, will share a small plaza with GEICO's Hamburg office, Wild Birds Unlimit…

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Driving past the Savers plaza in Tonawanda, you could almost miss the small Taichi Bubble Tea sign in the strip mall. What doesn’t look like much from the outside has a surprisingly cozy interior, specializing in an unusual take on your average sushi roll. The ambiance is bright and modern, with light wooden booths giving you privacy for you and your friends to talk. Th…

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A West Side Bazaar kiosk known for its lotus cookies and bubble tea is becoming a restaurant near Buffalo State College. Gourmet Lao Foods is going to be opening on the first floor of the Campus Walk student apartment complex at 643 Grant St. Owners Vone Serixay and One Thammasithikoun, sisters from Laos, will be operating their first standalone restaurant. Its di…

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Students, moviegoers and moms pushing strollers all line up for the bubble tea at Tea Leaf Cafe, next to the AMC theater at Maple and Sweet Home roads. But the place offers more to chew than tapioca pearls, offering snacks and light meals. Join the line and chances are you'll be done reading the brief list of food options before the cashier asks for your order. There's ch…