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One member of the Aroma restaurant family has ceased operations. Trattoria Aroma North French, at 4840 N. French Road in East Amherst, concluded service on May 26. The closing was planned; partner Dave Cosentino said he's already sold to a buyer who expects to open an authentic Mexican restaurant later this summer. "It is time to tighten up, get smaller and focus …

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No one was injured and three vehicles were destroyed in an early-morning house fire in East Amherst which caused an estimated $400,000 in damage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Five fire companies battled the blaze at 40 Muegel Road, which was reported via a 911 call at 1:13 a.m. Wednesday. A fully involved garage fire spread into the home, according to East Amhe…

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A first-time visitor to 12 Gates Brewing Company may notice that it can be hard to find. Inducon Business Park on Earhart Drive near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a sprawling campus of warehouses and office space. Set off the road, past parking lots and garage doors, is a 30-barrel brewhouse with a warm and welcoming taproom. Western New Yorkers may think…

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They grow up so fast. Small and quiet, they won your heart with their tenderness and grace. Then, as is their way, they changed. Growing, stretching, swinging for the fences, sometimes connecting, sometimes not. And you wouldn’t be human if you saw them in their new incarnation and didn’t wish, just for a second, that you could turn back time, and keep them as they were. …

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When people are looking for suggestions of the best burger in town, Grover's is one name that always makes the list. Thank the famous giant Grover Burger for that: 12 ounces of fresh 90 percent lean Angus beef that comes in a variety of choices from classic cheeseburger to Tex Mex. The dining area isn’t huge, so just write your name on the chalkboard and order a drink a…

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Molly Dohm and her husband, Mike Allen, live in a three-bedroom, 2½-bath home in East Amherst. Married in 2016, they are the home's second owners. Here is how Dohm described the house in an email to The Buffalo News Home & Style section for our Home of the Week online feature: “My husband and I purchased our first home two years ago and have truly loved decoratin…

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Nick Klentos, whose family ran the Wehrle Diner until selling it last year, has opened Aperitivo, a new upscale casual place on Transit Road. The 85-seat restaurant at 9430 Transit Road, East Amherst, opened for business in a recently-built plaza on April 14. It’s not an Italian restaurant, despite the name, Klentos said. It’s a New American restaurant with some Mediterr…

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Newfangled cocktails, craft beer and hipster crowds have a place in this world, but today we pay homage to old-school joints that keep the classic traditions going — like The Protocol Restaurant. Opened in 1971 and still owned by the Pelczynski family, The Protocol has 45 years of staying power because of a focus on good food and service. (We applaud the attitude that if …

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The Tavern at Windsor Park resembles an English pub the same way that an Outback Steakhouse represents an Australian restaurant. Which is to say, it doesn’t. That’s not a dark mark against it, unless you’re the kind of person who walks into a Bennigans expecting to relive your finest hours in a Dublin watering hole. ¶ Tavern at Windsor Park is a rebadged Perkins offering…

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Judging from the number of new Italian restaurants opening every year, Western New York has an insatiable hunger for pasta and pizza. The Rizzo restaurant family added its fifth Italian place this year, turning the former La Scala on Transit Road into Vito e Vino. Its menu concentrates on pasta, pizza and seafood, but doesn’t cover all the usual bases, so go someplace els…

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It’s been a decade, so even longtime customers might not remember that Chester’s Cajun Grill didn’t start out as a Cajun restaurant. When Seth Halter opened the place in 2001, it was just Chester’s Pub and Grill. It took a Mardi Gras special that left customers clamoring for gumbo year-round before Halter refocused the restaurant’s menu in 2004 or so. In 2009 and 2010, …