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Memorial Day in the Southtowns wouldn't be the same without Mickey Rats on the beach. So take heart, Western New York: the popular lakefront bar is coming back. The beach, patio and "a good portion of the existing bar" in Evans will open once again this summer for business and fun-in-the-sun revelry, said William Paladino, CEO of Ellicott Development Co., which purch…

Larkin Express Logistics has opened a freight brokerage at 737 Delaware Ave. and expects to create up to 53 full-time jobs in the next five years. The newly formed company is investing nearly $700,000 at its offices, just south of Summer Street. Empire State Development Corp. is offering up to $300,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are collected when a co…

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KeyBank will close a branch on June 22 at 1510 S. Park Ave., at Abbott Road, in South Buffalo. Customers' accounts from that branch will be transferred to a location 1.4 miles away, at 2157 Seneca St., said Matt Pitts, a Key spokesman. Key also has two other branches within 2.5 miles of the location that will close. Key owns the property at 1510 S. Park Ave. The loca…

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Construction of the Northland Workforce Training Center is rolling along, with the complex preparing to open in August. Project leaders and elected officials toured the East Side complex on Friday. The training center is the anchor of a Northland Corridor project valued at more than $100 million that is revitalizing the former Niagara Machine and Tool Works building. Th…

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Attorney Sarah H. Brennan is well-versed in a complex technology you're bound to hear more about. Brennan helps lead a practice team launched last year by Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, focused on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. In the most basic terms, blockchain is the technology that enables cryptocurrency like bitcoin to function. Blockchain is commonl…

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara named Craig Turner its president on a permanent basis, after he had served as interim president since last December. Turner signed a two-year contract with the organization effective April 1. World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara's territory stretches from Hamilton, Ont., to Syracuse, helping companies expand internationally and access ne…

Bankruptcy filings in the Buffalo-Rochester region dropped 4.7 percent in March from a month ago, to 403 cases. Bankruptcy filings in the Buffalo-Rochester region have fallen in each of the past three months. That was in contrast to 2017, when full-year filings increased following seven straight years of declines. For the first three months of this year, bankruptcy f…

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Crews are nearing completion of the asbestos removal at the former AM&A's building in downtown Buffalo, but it took a lot more work and cost more than the New York City-based developers and their Buffalo contractors had expected. An investor group called Landco H&L is spending up to $70 million to convert the 375,000-square-foot vacant complex into a new hotel, …

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will receive $9 million dedicated to improvements to its Metro Rail system, as part of the newly approved state budget. Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan has called for funding to address the capital needs of Metro Rail's aging infrastructure. The NFTA is the only upstate transportation system that runs trains in addition to buses an…

An Allentown apartment was heavily damaged by an intruder early Saturday, Buffalo police reported. Someone forced open window from a fire escape into the flat in the first block of Mariner Street, police said. The burglar damaged a wood coffee table, knocked paintings off the walls, ripped the fabric of a couch and damaged a wood bench seat. The intruder also smashed a …

A Prospect Avenue resident reported losing between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of personal property when her apartment was burglarized. The woman, who lives in the 100 block of Prospect, told Buffalo Police Saturday morning that someone entered the apartment through a bedroom window and stole jewelry and electronics. The burglar then left the apartment through the front do…

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Developer and state Sen. Chris Jacobs is pushing ahead with his conversion of the former Printing Prep building in downtown Buffalo into a mixed-use facility that will now also have five loft-style apartments near the foot of the Kensington Expressway. Jacobs, R-Buffalo, bought the two-story commercial building at 12 East Tupper St. in 2015 from Harold S. Leader, the fo…