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If you wondered what Mike Andrzejewski has been up to since his much-loved restaurant Seabar closed, buy a ticket to Nov. 25 at Cantina Loco. At his place at 191 Allen St., Andrezejewski is presenting a one-night-only menu of refined Mexican-inspired cuisine, a special event amid its usual tacos and burritos. Chorizo flautas, filled with housemade sausage, and snappe…

Buffalo

Seabar, the Ellicott Street restaurant that helped inspire a generation of risk-taking Buffalo restaurants, will close after service Aug. 17. Chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski, who ran the restaurant at 475 Ellicott St. with his wife Sherri, said he appreciated all the people who rallied to his side after Seabar filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March. "A lot of people came …

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With a good amount of competition, it's important for bar and restaurant owners to establish an element of surprise and authenticity. Bartenders are challenging themselves to think creatively and experiment with flavors and ingredients to stand out. In the first of our new occasional series on cocktails, here are five colorful drinks to try. These stood out because of t…

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We're getting to that time of year again. The time of year when Buffalo starts looking less like a beautiful snow globe and more like a salt-smudged wasteland. Those pretty, cheery Christmas lights are gone. Hawaii and Florida are looking pretty good. Or a Caribbean cruise -- or a Gulf coast getaway, or --- or --- But what if you can't get away? You'll have to enj…

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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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After a Jeep driver crashed into Allentown restaurant Cantina Loco last week, co-owner Mike Andrzejewski could simply have followed the lead of countless other businesses that have fallen victim to a recent spate of crashes and tacked up some standard plywood. But with the help of a local graffiti artist, Cantina is making the most of the mishap: UPDATE: The piece is b…

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A Jeep crashed into Cantina Loco this afternoon, but the restaurant still plans to open for dinner. "We are opening, a little late, probably by 6," said owner Mike Andrzejewski. "We have a good staff." A building inspection cleared the business to operate, he said. No one was hurt in the building, though customers and employees were shaken up, he said, and a table was s…

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Cantina Loco, at the corner of Allen and Elmwood in Buffalo, is almost always packed, and for good reason. Its cuisine is more upscale than the typical fluorescent tortillas and ground beef taco spots that pepper the area, its extensive margarita and tequila list are both reliably tasty and generously portioned and its location is convenient to downtown, Allentown and Elmw…

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Cantina Loco, Mike Andrzejewski’s Mexican restaurant, is opening for lunch starting Tuesday. The restaurant, 191 Allen St., has been crowded for dinner, but concerns about kitchen capacity pushed the introduction of lunch service into 2015. “I think things are smooth enough and we have the people who can balance it,” Andrzejewski said. He picked February to give the rest…

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We all know those fluorescent green margaritas that appear alongside bottomless chips and salsa at most Mexican joints. Those have their time and place, but Cantina Loco in Allentown isn’t it. At the always-crowded Mexican joint, everything from the décor to the carefully curated menu feels deliberate. The bar is emblazoned with primary-color sugar skulls, bouncy pop-punk…