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Welcome home, everyone. We’ve missed seeing you around, but we hope you’ve been well wherever you’re living these days. Now that you’re back, we’re sure you have plans. Shopping, a Tom & Jerry or three at The Place, and you probably want to tour some of the places you’ve been reading about since the last time you were home. As you’re likely aware after talking to…

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With summer vacation season peeking around the corner of the calendar, Buffalo-bound travelers are getting their itineraries in shape. For many, eating leads the list of attractions. Those returning to the Queen City often have a list of new places they want to try. As The News’ food editor and restaurant critic, I get lots of questions about the new places. Then the…

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A six-foot-by-three-foot display will greet customers in the family dining area of Anchor Bar NYC, proudly relaying the tale of the chicken wing's invention in 1964 on a snowy night in Buffalo. For the first time – on May 17 – Anchor Bar will open a franchise in New York City, at 327 W. 57th St. in midtown Manhattan. Carlos Rosario, a New York City businessman, is the f…

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It's not easy finding a good chicken wing 1,000 miles from Buffalo, but when Western New York natives walk into Al’s Bar and Grill in a northern suburb of Kansas City, they not only find an authentic wing, but a place just like home. With Bills and Sabres memorabilia throughout, the sports bar feels like something you’d find in Buffalo. That’s exactly what the owner, Ha…

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Toni (Butera) Lambert believes that everything happens for a reason. So when her husband, Jordan, was laid off from a fire and sprinkler inspection company in 2007, she saw it as a golden opportunity. The couple, now both in their 30s, had talked about leaving Buffalo before, and they were young, just married and open to new possibilities. During his job search, Jordan fou…

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Sitting at a corner table in Spot Coffee on Delaware Avenue, William Fichtner is not only happy to be back in Buffalo but he’s savoring each and every moment. In town for a quick meeting with Tim Clark of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, the 60-year-old actor is getting ready to shoot a movie that he co-wrote and is starring in. He teases the plot with a knowing smi…

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Ever since he was a little kid, Emile Haynie dreamed of living in one of those sprawling, classic Victorian homes near Delaware Park. He still remembers the look and feel of the timeless architecture that has come to define Buffalo as vividly as if he were standing right in front of it. “It's truly one of the most beautifully built cities in America and the houses are s…

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After spending 18 months in Los Angeles learning the business side of social media, Nik Metcalf returned to Western New York to promote his hometown. Metcalf, a 2012 Williamsville East graduate, began experimenting with social media in high school. He and a friend posted jokes and funny pictures to Twitter, and soon realized they could make money doing it. “It wasn’t…

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As a teenager, Jeff Brown rode a metro bus from his home in South Buffalo to McKinley High School in North Buffalo nearly every day. He stared out foggy windows, wondering why parts of the city seemed so desolate. “I couldn’t understand why no one was hanging out here,” he said. “People didn’t want to be downtown. For some reason, everybody would rather move to an apart…

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If you’ve ever driven though Saratoga County during the weekday morning hours, chances are you’ve heard Shanna Hoy’s raspy voice reverberating through your car stereo. For the past four years, Hoy has been the co-host of a morning radio show based in Albany. They play '80s and '90s throwback hits, and modern easy listening artists like Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5. Hoy love…

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In May, two Buffalo expats will open a quick-serve restaurant in Brooklyn, inspired by their hometown food scene. Buffalo's Famous, the project of Nickel City natives John Marren and Matthew Fortune, will sit at 1111 Church Ave. in Ditmas Park, roughly 10 miles west of John F. Kennedy Airport. Avraham Shuker, chosen as one of Brooklyn's 50 food influencers in 2014, is the…

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In May, two Buffalo expats will open a quick-serve restaurant in Brooklyn, inspired by their hometown food scene. Buffalo's Famous, the project of Nickel City natives John Marren and Matthew Fortune, will sit at 1111 Church Ave. in Ditmas Park, roughly 10 miles west of John F. Kennedy Airport. Avraham Shuker, chosen as one of Brooklyn's 50 food influencers in 2014, is the…

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For many Buffalo transplants, there's no duplicating the Queen City's wings and fingers anywhere else in the world. Chris Rizzo and his wife Jessica moved from Western New York to Denver, Colo., nearly two years ago, and found that the Rocky Mountain wings were decidedly "subpar" by their standards. The fix? Start a Buffalo-inspired food truck themselves. Before April, t…