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Elmwood Avenue will be closed between Bird and Forest avenues at 8 a.m. Thursday due to an ongoing investigation, the Buffalo Police Department announced. Early Wednesday morning, a fire engulfed 1074 Elmwood, sending three men to the hospital and leaving one tenant of the house unaccounted for. The house was demolished later Wednesday morning. Officials urged driver…

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After roughly 18 years away, Michael Gibney is coming home to open his first restaurant in Buffalo. Working with his parents – Michael Sr. and Mary Ann – Gibney plans to start a pasta-focused Italian restaurant at 534 Elmwood Ave., the former Joe's Deli and Off the Wall. The Buffalo Planning Board approved the restaurant on Monday; a timeline for its opening should foll…

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It was the first place I landed in Buffalo, in 1989, on a day-trip from SUNY Fredonia, where I was wrapping up my BA. In many ways, it has maintained its gravitational pull on me since. The Elmwood Strip – now known by a slightly more bougie moniker, the Elmwood Village, indicative of its upgrade from cheap-college-and-bohemian-artist lodgings to urban mecca, with most …

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Briana Rose Hunter, owner of Breezy Burrito Co. in EXPO Market food hall, has announced she will take over 1000 Elmwood Ave. for her first stand-alone location, to be called Breezy Burrito Bar. Hunter founded the business in January 2017, when her fast-casual Mexican-American concept became part of the second wave of vendors to open inside EXPO. The location in the down…

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A soft-opening during the Blizzard of 2019 was perfect for Tim Roesch to find his footing. The manager of the new Charlie Butcher's Carvery on Elmwood (770 Elmwood Ave.) is the son of Charlie Roesch, the fourth-generation owner of the Charlie the Butcher brand. Tim, who's been with the business since he was 14, directs the action inside the former Jimmy John's, next doo…

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Three out of every 100 people in the United States consider themselves vegan, polls suggest. No meat, seafood, dairy products or honey crosses their lips. Considering Buffalo’s well-earned reputation as a meat-and-potatoes town, it’s hardly shocking that it took until May 2018 for a plant-only restaurant to open here. Most restaurants, functioning on profit margins n…

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Denizens of the Elmwood Village, meet your newest takeout spot: Street Asian Food opened Oct. 1 in the former digs of Peking Chinese Restaurant. Owned by Burma native Than Oo, a veteran of Sun Restaurant, the Thai-Burmese hybrid offers all the curries and noodles you’ve come to expect from Buffalo’s burgeoning Burmese food scene, with an additional emphasis on “healthy”…

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James Ernst and Sarah Sendlbeck have big plans for the vacant space two doors from their plant-based restaurant, Root & Bloom. The restaurant owners will open Kind of a Creamery, a scoop shop for plant-based "ice cream," at 425 Elmwood Ave., with February as the target for opening. Expect 1970s decor, a wall mural and no seating. The concept of the scoop shop wil…

Buffalo

A longtime Western New York restaurant owner and operator is opening a restaurant and outdoor patio on Elmwood Avenue with his wife. Jon and Jacqueline DiBernardo are planning to start a restaurant at 802 Elmwood, which they are tentatively calling Iron Tail Tavern. The new restaurant - formerly a White Rabbit frozen yogurt store and previously the Dolci bakery and Deli…

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Three years ago, when Phil Machemer opened Revolver Records on Hertel Avenue, success for the new venture was far from guaranteed. Streaming services had all but decimated the world of walk-in, local music retail. In the time since Revolver opened, local stores Spiral Scratch and the last of the once-bustling Record Theatre stores closed. And though a handful of local reco…

Business

Revolver Records will expand with a second location in the Elmwood village next month. The vinyl retailer will take over the former Spoiled Rotten store at 831 Elmwood Ave. on Nov. 1. "We’ve certainly seen a spike in business since Record Theatre closed last year and things have been going well," said owner Phil Machemer. Revolver Records has another location at 1…

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Expanding upon their flagship operation in Depew, Teton Kitchen has opened its second location in the heart of Allentown, at 153 Elmwood Ave. In a location plagued by restaurant churn over the past few years - it was formerly formerly Pasion, Black Swan Lounge and Cozumel Grill - Teton Kitchen is hoping to gain a foothold in the neighborhood with an Asian fusion menu th…

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Street Asian Food, Buffalo’s latest Thai-Burmese hybrid restaurant, plans to open Oct. 1. The restaurant, at 516 Elmwood Ave., was last Peking Chinese Restaurant. The small space has about 20 seats for dining in, and will not offer alcohol. Street Asian Food’s owner, Than Oo, is from Burma. He worked at Sun Restaurant, Buffalo’s original Thai-Burmese restaurant, for …

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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…

Food and Drink

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…