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When the Lodge Bar & Grill opened on West Chippewa Street in 2013, the wild-game spot—with its glistening interiors, antler chandeliers and servings of grilled pheasant – sought to heighten the expectations of a downtown stretch known more for its moonlight street brawls than its culinary bravado. Five years later, the two-level Lodge is no more, but its address is …

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Soho Burger BarWhere: 64 Chippewa St. (856-7646, sohoburgerbar.com)Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Bar open later.Scene: Rooftop revelry overlooking the Chip Strip.Patio: Two patios offer dining and hangout opportunities.Dress: City chic with a summer flair.Happy Hour: Happy Hour is 3 to…

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Bacchus, on Chippewa Street a few blocks from Shea’s Performing Arts Center, is a restaurant with range. It’s the only place in Buffalo offering its customers both valet parking and potato skins as an appetizer.“I grew up cooking in those places, with potato skins on the menu,” said chef-owner Brian Mietus. Now he owns a white-tablecloth fine dining restaurant that gives i…

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Chippewa club Noir Ultra Lounge will become Local Kitchen & Beer Bar as its owners see more of a hunger for food than drinks on the Chippewa strip. Owner Justin Anderson said the switch at 88 W. Chippewa St. should be complete by June 1. “When we bought Crocodile Bar six years ago, the street was very young, all kids, so we went more towards the nightclub aspect,” he…

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Grilled-frank favorite Ted’s Hot Dogs is returning to Buffalo with a new restaurant on Chippewa Street. “It won’t be until late summer, realistically, that we’re open,” said Peter Liaros, a Ted’s executive. “Equipment still has to be ordered; the shovel, as they say, hasn’t been put in yet.” The restaurant will be located in the Hampton Inn hotel building, at Chippewa an…

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The Lodge Grill & Bar 79 W. Chippewa St. Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $5 drafts, $5 happy hour wines, $7 signature cocktails and $7 group appetizers. Bar hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. (Bar hours may vary.) The Scene: Swanky ski-lodge. Extra: Live music …

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When most of us think cocktails, we don't think Chippewa Street. Let's face it: The downtown bar district is better known for throbbing bass beats, scantily-clad twenty-somethings and cheap beer specials. But within the past few years, several new and renovated bars and restaurants have worked to class up the club district, including the elegantly rustic The Lodge Bar and…

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The bars of Chippewa Street come and go, but for the last decade, Bacchus has remained a beacon of fine dining amid a sea of Long Island iced teas. Two years ago, chef Brian Mietus bought out restaurateur Steve Calvaneso and became master of his own domain. The result is fine dining without a hint of intimidation. You might goggle at the extensive wine list, but there’s no…

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Lines from “The Godfather.” Scenes from “GoodFellas.” Dean Martin’s voice dancing over family servings of Sunday gravy. All are commonly associated with the Italian-American experience, and restaurants, pizza parlors and bars have repeatedly accessed each example to sell an ethnically aligned image. So Buffalo’s Bada Bing Bar & Grill – with a name inspired by Italian …

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If you’ve ever visited the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, you have some conception of what it is to experience the queue process required simply to get to Sky Bar at midnight on a Saturday. In both instances, clustered masses impatiently await their turn for an elevator ride that is to take them to the main spectacle. Abrasively shril…