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If you’re an expat returning home for the holidays, you’re in for a few surprises. Many new businesses and cultural establishments have opened since you’ve been gone, lending increased variety to the Buffalo-area experience. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau and Music Critic Jeff Miers have pulled together a few places that weren’t part of the mix at Thanksgiving 2018 t…

Food and Drink

Waxlight Bar a Vin is not your average restaurant, in the same way Brian Wilson is not your average songwriter. Meaning I'm not sure it's commercially sustainable in Buffalo, but it's filled with weird beauty. Created by five young culinary professionals with their own followings, Waxlight Bar a Vin is a testbed for ideas about how to feed and water people for money. Th…

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The curtain goes up tonight on Waxlight Bar a Vin, one of the most eagerly anticipated Buffalo restaurants in years. The restaurant at 27 Chandler St. is a small place with big ideas. “Unique” is a word that gets abused frequently in the food service space. It means singular, the only place on Earth you can have this dish. Read the Waxlight menu, and I’m not sure …

Buffalo

Just eight years ago, the Chandler Street neighborhood was reeling. The low point came in July 2011, when a massive, four-alarm chemical fire ravaged the Niagara Lubricants plant at 164 Chandler St., causing millions of dollars in damage and a host of environmental scares for the surrounding neighborhood. Since then, a remarkable transformation has taken place on Cha…

Art

Fall in Buffalo will start off with a bang. Sure, autumnal activities were the theme of this week's Gusto cover story, but the wheels are already in motion. The festival schedule is absolutely packed this weekend; Oktoberfests and harvest fests are happening around virtually every corner, suburbs and cities alike. Will you find out what Black Rock and Riverside have …

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The Barrel + Brine fermented foods restaurant and store on Chandler Street has set its opening for June 12. Lindsey and RJ Marvin will be offering food and drinks, many made with pickles, vinegars, kombuchas or other Barrel + Brine products. Its new address is 155 Chandler St., where seekers will find an alley that leads to a courtyard they should cross. On the other…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pizza, craft beer and skeeball A lot of change happens slowly, but some change happens all at once, especially when $50 million is involved. Black Rock's Chandler Street is metamorphosing from an area of abandoned warehouses, siphoned off by residential str…

Buffalo

Two parking lots and a delayed affordable housing project won approval by the city Planning Board Monday night – even after a neighbor objected to one of the lots because a cement block wall would be too close to her property. Rocco Termini's Signature Development Buffalo received the green light to pave the property at 125 Chandler St. – where he previously demolished …

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Last weekend was a feeling-out period for Chandler Street, a burgeoning food-and-drink district thanks to the foresight and finances of developer Rocco Termini. Curious about the openings of Tappo Pizza and the second location of Thin Man Brewery at 166 Chandler St., Buffalonians navigated the previously quiet industrial street that veers east from Military Road, findin…

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More breweries are coming to an innovative new project on Chandler Street — but this time, they don't involve Rocco Termini. Joe Artanis, a local businessman and co-founder of a popular and fast-growing new microbrewery in Florida, wants to create a new beer hub or collective in Buffalo, where multiple firms would brew in a single large room, under one roof. At least…

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Five of Buffalo's talented young food and drink professionals plan to pool their talents in a small restaurant that would be part of Rocco Termini’s Chandler Street redevelopment in Black Rock. The partners signed a lease for 27 Chandler St., an agreement contingent on securing a bank loan, which is not yet approved. Although it’s not a sure thing, the planned restau…

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Three throwback events grace Buffalo's event calendar this weekend, highlighted by opportunities to revisit the '80s or romp around at a prom-like event. They both involve dressing up, just in two slightly different ways. For those more eager to live in the present, Friday is National Grilled Cheese Day, while the opening of developer Rocco Termini's Chandler Street pro…

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Have you been to Chandlerville yet? You will be, if Rocco Termini has his way. The developer who led Ellicott Street’s restaurant resurgence with Tappo and the buildings that became Toutant and Seabar has been working on laying the groundwork for a new Buffalo drinking and dining destination district. In Black Rock, two blocks north of Amherst Street, Chandler Str…

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Rocco Termini is eager to see his new incubator projects on Chandler Street swimming in happy tenants. But first, he just wants to see his happy tenants swimming – at least by Memorial Day of next year. Termini, owner of Signature Development Buffalo, is working with architect Benjamin Siegel on a plan to create a pool club in the midst of the industrial and commerci…

Buffalo

Developer Rocco Termini wants to demolish an old concrete-block warehouse on Chandler Street in the city's Black Rock neighborhood as he continues his redevelopment of the longtime industrial zone into a new business incubator hub. Termini, through his Signature Development Buffalo, is seeking Buffalo Preservation Board approval to tear down the 4,500-square-foot struct…