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Falafel Bar Cuisine: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean choices made daily in-house from fresh ingredients. Owner: Oded Rauvenpoor Established: 2018 Price range: $3-$9 Dishes to try: Shawarma wrap (seasoned shaved chicken with hummus, lettuce, tomato and tahini), $9; falafel wrap (fried chickpea fritters with tahini, hummus, lettuce and tomato), $9; three sister…

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When Israeli restaurateur Oded Rauvenpoor laid out his plans for OR by Falafel Bar, his new restaurant, he spoke passionately about offering customers a broader slice of the Middle East's flavors. But what I was really looking forward to was the bread. Fresh pita bread elevates everything it touches, from hummus to kabobs. On March 2, Rauvenpoor and his fiancee Keri …

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When the operation of Fables Cafe in the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library (1 Lafayette Square) was sold to Falafel Bar, an Amherst restaurant, opportunity knocked for owner Oded Rauvenpoor and his Mediterranean cuisine. If you've spent any time at all in the downtown library, you already know it's people-watching central. A remarkably diverse group of business fo…

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The owners of Elmwood Japanese restaurant Sato are opening a ramen and noodle bar in University Heights. The space at 3268 Main St., formerly Kung Food, will offer Sato’s popular housemade ramen in a variety of styles. It also will feature soba, buckwheat noodles served either cold with dipping sauce, or hot in soup. “We just signed the lease, so we’re looking at probably…

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Falafel Bar has taken over Fables Café in the Central Library, expanding its hours and broadening its menu with Mediterranean, vegan and gluten-free offerings. Oded Rauvenpoor, the Israeli chef-owner of Falafel Bar, 3047 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, is also expanding the hours of the café, at 1 Lafayette Square. It’ll be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for now, including Saturday. Rau…

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