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From the streets of Buffalo to a Hollywood ending, the story of Lloyd Taco Truck has the stuff to satisfy hearts as well as bellies.When they started dishing up tacos at Main and Mohawk four years ago, Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo were trying to sell more than burritos – they were trying to sell the idea that Buffalo would be a better place with food trucks in it…

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The owners of Lloyd Taco Truck won a truckload of money Tuesday night on CNBC’s reality series “Restaurant Startup.” After some intense negotiations, Lloyd owners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo accepted a $250,000 investment in exchange for 25 percent of their business. It wasn’t exactly what they wanted, but eventually, as dramatic music played in the background, Dorsa…

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Co-owners Christopher and Valerie Taylor of The Roaming Buffalo have cause to celebrate. After advancing to the final 10 of MobileCuisine.com's Food Truck Burger of the Year competition, the local entrepreneurs held off stiff competition to win the final public voting, the truck's Twitter account indicates. The poll closed at 11:59 p.m. Friday, and shortly thereafter, th…

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Lloyd taco truck owners have leased restaurant spaces with kitchens on Hertel Avenue and Elmwood Avenue. Both 1503 Hertel Ave. and 502 Elmwood Ave. could be used to prepare food for Lloyd taco’s four-truck fleet, or as restaurants, or both. That’s all Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo, the entrepreneur-chef duo behind Lloyd, are sharing about their plans before television a…

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Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo, the entrepreneur-chef duo behind Lloyd taco trucks, will appear on "Restaurant Startup" on Feb. 10. CNBC will roll the show at 10 p.m. The show pits two experienced truck operators with multi-truck fleets against each other. Restaurant investors Joe Bastianich (Mario Batali's business partner) and Tim Love (a Texas chef and investor) can …

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PASADENA, Calif. – Lloyd Taco Truck is getting rave reviews from the show’s investors even before its Buffalo owners appear on CNBC’s reality series “Restaurant Startup.” That doesn’t mean Lloyd will win anything when it and another contestant are on at a still undermined date, but I imagine it is still nice for the owners to hear. After a news conference for the program…

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The news that several school districts have closed through Thanksgiving may not be good tidings to everyone. In fact, the idea of spending another three days trying to conjure up fun (and time-consuming) activities for kids may induce headaches, especially since you've exhausted your creativity and patience since Wednesday. Fortunately, you have this edition of The 10, wh…

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Since Halloween is creeping up, it's time to start embracing the weird and spooky attributes of this peculiar fall celebration. This week's 10 events in focus are united by a healthy dose of the bizarre, but differ enough to include big orange fruits, zombie-inspired costumes, pop-star relatives and guitarists in Mexican wrestling masks. Also, we made it this far without…

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The Flaming Fish, Buffalo’s first food truck to be owned and operated by an African-American, was born in a fish-fry tent. Deanna Johnson and her husband, Shonell, drew long lines for their cornmeal-dusted haddock and other fried delights at their food tent this summer. At jazz festivals, the Juneteenth Festival and other events, she and Shonell, who originally met workin…

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The Flaming Fish, Buffalo’s first black-operated food truck, was born in a fish-fry tent. Deanna Johnson and her husband Shonell drew long lines for their cornmeal-dusted haddock and other fried delights at their food tent this summer. At jazz festivals, the Juneteenth Festival and other events, she and Shonell, who originally met working for a catering company, have offe…

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With food trucks prospering as legitimate local food options in Western New York, it was a matter of time before the trend extended to the area's biggest university. The 30-foot-long Big Blue food truck, the product of the University at Buffalo's affiliated Campus Dining and Shops, will begin service at noon before the Bulls' men's football game against Duquesne, which ki…

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When lloyd Taco Truck owners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo began selling tacos out of the window of their first food truck on July 28, 2010, no one knew how mobile food would catch on in Buffalo. Would a city so steeped in Italian cuisine -- which also identified strongly with Mighty Taco -- embrace a progressive trend derisively referred to as "street meat"? As it turn…

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Mineo & Sapio Street Eats will bring the family-owned Buffalo sausage favorite to the masses outside its Erie County Fair stand. “We are almost ready to rock and roll,” said Michael Pierro III. It’ll serve grilled Italian and chicken Italian sausages, as well as the Royal, classic Italian with capicola and provolone cheese, plus andouille and chorizo po-boys. He’ll …

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How do you make a classic corn dog into one of the Erie County Fair’s new deep-fried sensations? Wrap it in half a pound of bacon. The resulting “Dogzilla,” along with a host of other diet-devastating bids for golden-brown supremacy, was revealed at a Hamburg press conference this afternoon. The Fair lasts from Aug. 6-17, but the calories are forever. “The Southern Frie…

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The collection of food trucks at Larkin Square on Tuesdays might be the wildest outdoor buffet in Western New York. Trucks from Rochester join their Buffalo brethren to offer everything from corn dogs and fried dough to pork meatballs in yellow Thai curry and Paleo Diet-friendly protein plates. All you have to do is find a place amid the Larkin Square crowds to put your f…