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A Cajun restaurant called The Big Easy plans to open on Main Street by the end of November. Sam Davis, a criminal defense attorney, is opening the place along with his chef and partner Donovan Tullier. It’s located at 1335 Main St., formerly Buffalo Steak & Sub. The restaurant will aim to deliver “true south Louisiana flavors” in a place with counter service, about 28…

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Toutant would have been a hit anywhere. But when chef-owner James Roberts chose the address for the restaurant he’s been working on his entire adult life, he decided to roll dem bones at 437 Ellicott St. City officials had chalked the building off for demolition. But Rocco Termini, Roberts’ landlord, took a hard look at his proposed tenant and spent until everything was…

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Toutant, named for Chef James Roberts’ great-grandfather’s South Louisiana fishing and trapping camp, was his family’s sustenance and livelihood at the turn of the century. Now, at the turn of Buffalo’s culinary renaissance, Roberts is opening Toutant to bring the low country soul food that he craves to the city that will soon learn to do the same. Emphasizing fresh ingre…

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In an epic year of Buffalo restaurant openings, the announcement that James Roberts is opening a restaurant is the cherry on the sundae. Toutant will be on Ellicott Street, next to SeaBar, in the former Golden Swan building, 437 Ellicott St. Roberts will be chef-owner, with Rocco Termini of Signature Development as his landlord. With construction under way, expect it in e…