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In the '90s, it was acceptable for male musicians to wear a vest with a tank-top beneath it. I know this to be a fact because last week, when I heard the news that Mister Goodbar, the venerable Elmwood Avenue watering hole and live music joint, was turning 50, I pulled out a box of old photos and found one that almost made me spit my beer out through my nose. In it, I’m…

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For decades, Henry Gorino, Chuck Mauro and their partners have convinced city diners to row against the tide and head to the suburbs for dinner. Their arguments were named Siena, in Snyder, and 800 Maple, in Amherst just past North Forest Road. Rocco's Wood Fired Pizza, aimed at family dining, followed. The general excellence of the trio is such that expectations were h…

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Popular Depew pan-Asian restaurant Teton Kitchen will be opening an Elmwood Village location. Teton Kitchen Elmwood Village will bring the building at 153 Elmwood Ave. back to life. It was most recently Pasion, and before that Black Swan and Cozumel. Taka Win, who runs Teton Kitchen with his wife Khin Aungmyin, said that he's taken over the space, just north of Allen…

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What do you really know about your favorite wing flavor? What if there were no limits to your sauce potential? How far would you go if you knew you couldn’t fail? Well, you can fail because Sriracha Nutella doesn’t jibe, but the rest is all at (or on) your fingertips at 716 Wing Kings’ new location at 484 Elmwood Ave. Opening in early June next to Thin Man Brewery, W…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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Beef-on-weck star Charlie the Butcher will be opening a restaurant in the city of its birth. The carvery, in the first floor of 770 Elmwood Ave., will occupy a space that was previously Jimmy John's. In the city, Charlie the Butcher sandwiches are available from stands in the Ellicott Square Building and at Coca-Cola Field during Bisons games. Besides sandwiches, the…

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The "v" word is not necessary. Owners Sarah Sendlbeck and James Ernst have said their mission with Root & Bloom Cafe is to serve a completely plant-based menu that's as local and organic as possible, without processed ingredients. They don't call the restaurant vegan, because of the preconceived notions that come with the idea of vegan food. Instead, they aim to …

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Buffalo Porchfest 1 to 6 p.m. at locations throughout the Elmwood Village. Shows are free to attend; here's a useful map for exploring. Craving acoustic on Norwood? What about Americana on Ripley Place? Those combinations and many more will take place Saturday afternoon, as the Elmwood Village Association presents its annual grassroots music festival, Porchfest. Bryant…

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Western New York's first entirely vegan restaurant has opened on Elmwood Avenue. Root & Bloom Café is currently serving customers in a large gazebo behind 423 Elmwood Ave., a building whose interior is currently occupied by Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate, a chocolate maker. Root & Bloom expects to move inside this fall, as the chocolate maker plans to move…

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Since my 16-year-old self started visiting Buffalo bars, Coles has always been there, looming in the background of my eating and drinking life. Especially the drinking. That could lead to eating, but not usually, as I rarely believed I had enough money for both, relying instead on the nutritional content of barley and hops. Coming through that battered front door and se…

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Enjoying live music on Tuesday evenings in the summer on a blanket with wine and snacks is a tradition for many in the Elmwood Village and beyond. The free Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert Series, presented by the Elmwood Village Association, returns for another year, running weekly from June 19 to Aug. 14. The Tuesday shows, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., take place o…

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Dave Barbara has a case of “patio anxiety” these days. As owner of Cecelia’s Ristorante on Elmwood Ave., he is anxious to open the patio, but at the same time, he knows it’s a long process that must wait until May. If it’s done properly, he will see twice the volume at the restaurant and must be prepared to handle it. There’s no need for patrons to worry though – you…

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Mezza is no more, as Nine29 moves its textbook continental menu into the former Middle Eastern restaurant at its namesake location of 929 Elmwood Avenue. Open seven days a week, the late-night kitchen has left the ethnic fare behind in favor of done-up but affordable bar staples with surprising housemade touches. Like its sister restaurant Hearth & Press, Nine29 …

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The former Elmwood Village Lebanese restaurant called Mezza has become Nine29, pivoting to American fare like cheeseburgers, subs and wings. The restaurant, 929 Elmwood Ave., is run by brothers Peter and Johnathan Eid, who are also proprietors of the Theater District's Hearth + Press. Both restaurants feature brick oven pizza, appearing on Nine29's menu in cheese, pe…

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When I want to eat light and bright, I head for the Middle East. Hummus, a puree of chickpeas enriched with ground sesame seeds and pointed up with garlic and lemon, is familiar to many. Fewer people venture to babaganoush, smoky roasted eggplant given a similar treatment. Lots of people like the ground chickpea fritters called falafel, especially the better versions, b…