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Buffalo Proper, a prominent Buffalo cocktail bar, held its last service Saturday. Owner Jon Karel said the closing was forced by financial shortfalls. "I'm sorry to everybody that we let down," said Karel. "I really appreciate everybody that has supported us for the last five years. It's been an honor and privilege to serve everyone." Karel opened the restaurant a…

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It's 11:11 p.m. on Feb. 21. Canadian rock band Arkells finished a show in the Town Ballroom, ending an album-spanning set strong with a cover of ABBA’s "Dancing Queen," showering the audience in vibrant confetti. This was the end - for most of the band members - of their first of two nights in Buffalo where the group would play two sold-out concerts and two pop-up acous…

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Whenever I plan a trip to a new city, I scour locals' Instagrams and blogs. How else am I going to know which cafés have the most Instagrammable avocado toast? I find someone whose general tastes mirror mine and discover where they eat their pepper-flaked, olive-oil-drizzled, avocado toast, just the way I like it. On the curated feeds of local bloggers and Instagrammers…

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Buffalo Proper Chef Edward Forster and Beverage Manager Jon Karel have been invited to present a showcase dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan. The June 15 dinner starts at 7 p.m., and $170 tickets are available to the public; go to jamesbeard.org/events/buffalo-proper to purchase. The Beard House, once the home of the famed chef and celebrator of American regiona…

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Cinco de Mayo is the St. Patrick’s Day of Mexican culture, a fauxliday not particularly celebrated in the place it purports to honor. But that can’t kill the buzz of the greatest tequila-fueled day of the American restaurant calendar. Here’s what some Buffalo places have cooking next week. On May 2, Cantina Loco, 191 Allen St., offers a five-course dinner for $55, plus …

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With Easter and its season of Lenten obligations behind us, plenty of people have had their fill of the Western New York fish fry. Beer-battered filets and the trinity of mac, potato and slaw have their place in our hearts, maybe too much so. These days, when I stray from dependables like the Crow’s Nest and Wiechec’s, I am too often reminded that “battering” is also the …

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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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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t typically known for its culinary confections, unless you think Guinness counts as a food. We’ve followed the rainbow to find some St. Patrick's-inspired fare that's not your stereotypical corned beef and cabbage. 1. Toutant 437 Ellicott St.; 342-2901 The culinary crew at Toutant is celebrating St. Paddy’s with a little southern flair, brining its …

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As we make the final slog to spring, we’d like to celebrate the end of comfort food season with a final note to honor what we think is “the ultimate comfort food”— macaroni and cheese. But not the boxed variety (although we are partial to Trader Joe’s version in a pinch). We’re talking made-from-scratch macs that have popped up on menus all over the area in recent years. …

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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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Nothing says "holiday" like butter and booze and this season, Western New York bartenders are blending two of America’s favorite things for their own takes on a drink older than the country itself. Hot buttered rum dates back as early as the 1650s, when molasses first appeared in the colonies from Jamaica and distilleries opened in New England. Earliest iterations were ma…

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Cold weather calls for warm beverages. As the holidays give way to slush and stilettos yield to salt-crusted boots, Buffalo beverage aficionados seek out something to soothe the transition. The area’s best bartenders and baristas spend weeks crafting the cocktails and coffees that embody the season, many of which are twists on old favorites.At Buffalo Proper (333 Franklin …

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Here are my suggestions for a uniquely Buffalo Twelve Days of Christmas, one delicious gift a day until Christmas Eve. Traditionally the 12 days of gift-giving follow Christmas, but this way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare. If you're late to our series, see the first day, second day and third day. On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... •    Four…

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The Witches Ball in the Hotel @ the Lafayette would usually stake its claim as No. 1 in Halloween's The 10 but alas, it's sold out. Don't fret, though; turn your fiendish frown into a sinister smile, as several other spooky events are slated for Western New York. Here's The 10, with special-edition spookiness levels (number/10 indicates creepiness): 1) Halloween parties …

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The seasonal produce of Western New York is our reward for surviving winter. I eat my first lush tomato still warm from the sun, and somewhere the last pile of dirty parking lot snow melts away. Mowing down a cob of festival corn, the flavor makes it easy to remember it was grown in Eden. When I stand over the sink with my second Niagara County peach of the day, Western Ne…