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Bowling alleys. The last bastion of antiquity. Pitchers of domestics poured into plastic cups as pins fall in cacophonous crashes. Relics of ages past mingle with the heavy scent of anti-fungal spray. There are certain expectations stepping into a bowling center but those expectations are mercilessly dashed like a late frame 7-10 split at the Tonawanda Bowling Center. …

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend or on Tuesday? Instead of reaching for a green-dyed beer, order up an Irish Red Ale, a style brewed for you to enjoy several in a sitting. Typically lower in alcohol with a lightly sweet, caramel-forward aroma and flavor, these beers have just enough hops and a touch of roasted barley to dry out the beer, which helps produce a sm…

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The griffon – a mythic half eagle/half lion creature – represents among other things, wisdom. With this in mind, Significant Other and I figured why fight for bar space on a Saturday night when an afternoon at the Griffon Gastro Pub would work just as well?We weren’t alone. A trio of older fellas and a pair of hipsters watching college basketball had t…