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When Clark Crook opened bar-restaurant 189 Public House as a passion project five years ago to complement his iconic Bar-Bill Tavern, he intentionally left the name to reflect only the Main Street address. This choice preserved 189 as a fairly open canvas: at times it could deliver a "honkytonk, Nashville kind of vibe," Crook said, and at others, become a refined whiske…

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It's common to love both frozen custard and beer separately, but the two paired together? That's a bit more of an adventure. Brothers Jared and Austin Mesiti, part of the family that owns and operates RG Brewery and Five Sons Winery in Brockport, have branched out on their own to open In The Mix Brewing & Creamery, at 1693 East Ave., Barker, in the former Barker Bre…

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Selling behemoth stuffed burgers out of the back of a Niagara Falls bar since 2016, Rock Burger will officially add its own space on Feb. 4. Owner Jason Lizardo will open the second location at 8529 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, less than a mile southeast of the Fashion Outlets. Family Video, which shares the same building with the new Rock Burger, will offer a…

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Police haven't pinned down what caused the December fire that damaged a popular Kenmore restaurant and tavern. Village police and fire investigators continue to probe the Dec. 5 fire that struck an apartment above Vizzi's, 967 Kenmore Ave., Police Chief T.J. Phillips said. He said no one was displaced by the fire. Vizzi's, known for massive burgers and fish fries, ha…

Food and Drink

With eyes closed, bite into a Rock Burger and relish the shock of texture and flavor. In one chomp, the eater might encounter creamy Buffalo wing dip, a juicy slab of beef, smooth provolone and ... the crunch of crushed Doritos. That's just one bite. Jason Lizardo's stuffed burgers at Niagara Falls' Rock Burger have become social media legend, and his cult following has…

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Doc Sullivan's will be featured on the Cooking Channel at 9 tonight, during the season opener of the fifth season of “Burgers Brews & Que w/ Michael Symon.” Tommy Cowan, co-owner of the tavern at 468 Abbott Road, said filming occurred in early spring of this year. The episode description from the Cooking Channel's site is as follows: Michael Symon starts in hi…

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The most notorious dish offered at Stack Burger in Lackawanna is a punch in the mouth delivered in burger form. The Demon Burger is blackened with an infernal spice mixture, powered by cayenne, black pepper and chile powders, welded into the beef’s surface as it sizzles on the griddle. That it looks like gunpowder is merely a coincidence. Jalapeno and banana peppers …

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Founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, seven years ago, international burger chain Burgerim has expanded rapidly across the United States, with plans to grow even further in 2019. Buffalo-area burger lovers will benefit, with Burgerim's first Western New York location expected to open in January at 1460 Hertel Ave., the former Chennai Express. The newcomer uses halal-certified me…

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Flip Burger, the seasonal burgers-and-shakes outlet near the Niagara Falls State Park, is opening a year-round location in Amherst. The restaurant is under way at 704 Maple Road, in the plaza at Maple and North Forest roads, said Dan Vecchies, father of owner Daniel P. Vecchies. The space, a former Subway location, will seat about 28 customers, he said. The Niagar…

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Author Christopher Carosa, whose forthcoming book "Hamburger Dreams: How Classic Crime Solving Techniques Helped Crack the Case of America’s Greatest Culinary Mystery" is set to be published in November, offers the following in the debate about the origin of the hamburger. Previously, The News published this opposing perspective: "Hamburg's claim to the hamburger is…

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Sometimes you just want a burger. Steaks and seafood and dishes full of exotic ingredients all have their place. But sometimes all you really want is two hands full of food you can pick up and fill your face with. Back in the mists of time, when woolly mammoths roamed the earth and phones had dials, hamburgers topped with anything besides lettuce, tomato, onion and chee…

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The remaining Niagara Frontier location of Zebb's Deluxe Bar & Grill closed Aug. 27. A sign posted on the door invited customers to visit the company's Syracuse and New Hartford, N.Y. locations. "It has Been Our UP Most Privilege to have Served You for the Past 24 Years!" it said. Zebb's Orchard Park location also closed without warning Aug. 21. Jacksonvill…

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The Buffalo Bills aren’t the only ones mixing their lineup each football season. Once again, so is Camillo’s Sloan Super Market, makers of the Big Rex sausage that led the way for the Mighty McDermott. This season’s conundrum: Invent a sausage for new quarterback Josh Allen? Doesn’t he deserve some love, too? Owner Gaeton Camillo said he wrestled with the fact Allen …

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The Zebb's Grill restaurant on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park has closed. Its last day of operation was Aug. 20. The restaurant, at 3349 Southwestern Blvd., had served Orchard Park since at least 2001. It was purchased by a new operator, Jacksonville-based Morning Star Restaurants LLC, in 2017. Outstanding gift certificates can be used at other Zebb's loca…

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As Stack Burger prepared for a move from West Seneca to 1506 Abbott Road in Lackawanna, the creative burger specialists were busy collecting hardware, seizing the Best Overall Item and Best Meat Item at the 2018 Taste of Buffalo for the spicy Demon Burger. Three weeks later, Stack Burger owner Joe Maurino and executive chef/co-owner Anthony Giangrosso have officially se…