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The first time Tom Pease publicly described his plans for a fried chicken restaurant in Elma, he hoped to open in April 2018. The year part came true, at least. On Dec. 21, after the completion of an extensive and thorough regulatory process, Rt. 16 Chicken Shack and Brewyard is officially opening at 6272 Seneca St. Owned and operated by Pease and his wife Donna, …

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There has been talk of late that Hertel Avenue is becoming the new epicenter of Buffalo restaurant bustle. A French bakery called Pastry by Camille sprung up next to Mes Que soccer bar. There’s hip tacos at Deep South and Lloyd Taco Factory, which is next to Purrfect Cafe, Buffalo’s first food-service venue allowing customers to rent time with a cat. Which is directly a…

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I finally tried Chick-fil-A, guys. I was driving through Erie, Pa., on my way home from an assignment in Cleveland and just had to see what all the fuss was about. Long story short: It was good. It was very good. Would I drive 190 miles round trip for it like some diehard Buffalo fans are known to do on occasion? No. But I also haven’t driven to Columbus, Ohio, si…

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One of the Southtowns' standout restaurants is opening a fried chicken place on Route 16. Blue Lantern Lounge's Tom Pease said he'll try to open RT 16 Chicken Shack and BrewYard by April. The location, 6272 Seneca St., Elma, is a "couple blocks" east of Blue Lantern, 5120 Seneca St. It was operating in the 1880s as a country store. The menu centerpiece will be "go…

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We have been plagued by the KFC Nashville Hot Fried Chicken commercials (first by Norm Macdonald and now Jim Gaffigan dressed as Colonel Sanders), warning us its hot fried chicken is around for a limited-time only. Buffalo may fry and hot sauce its chicken wings, but Nashville takes it a step further to include every part of the bird which is fried, then given a bath of a…

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Martin Cooks has opened a takeout Korean fried chicken counter in an Elmwood Avenue gas station. Right now, it serves only fried chicken with a side of coleslaw and soba noodles, but owner Martin Danilowicz said he plans to add one menu item a week until it boasts six or seven offerings. Later this week, a Korean-style pork belly taco should be available. The companion t…

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The Dockside Bar & Grill reopened alongside the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda this spring, having added a two-story addition, 100 seats, and an overhauled kitchen. There are so many people coming to the new place, and the established Remington Tavern across the street, that on a fine summer evening last week I had to sweat finding a parking spot in downtown North Tona…

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Nette’s Fried Chicken isn’t much to look at. The Main Street storefront is painted red with a large, attention-grabbing sign and photocopied pictures of their wares framing the screen door. The handle is made of gift-wrap ribbon and the handful of seats inside are made for waiting, not eating. If you’re thinking of stopping by for a plate of comfort food, call before you g…

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James Roberts named his new restaurant Toutant, after his family’s hunting camp in the marshlands southeast of New Orleans, a two-hour trip into bayou country by car and boat. But don’t expect a “Cajun” restaurant when the three-story restaurant opens at 437 Ellicott St. The menu will be “accurate renditions of the cuisine of the American South,” Roberts said, upscale com…

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189 Public House opens Thursday in East Aurora, offering Southern-inflected comfort food in a two-story space that’s designed as a live music venue. “We were able to take advantage of the natural brick, and the two-story structure, to create a number of levels for sightlines for the music venue,” said owner Clark Crook. “Somewhat similar to (Buffalo’s) Sportsmen’s (Tavern…

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The Puerto Rican restaurant La Kueva (1260 Hertel Ave., 936-4933) opened about a year ago, and I finally stopped by for dinner. I knew right away what I wanted to drink: parcha, or passionfruit juice ($2).                         There were a few appetizers I haven't seen at many Puerto Rican restau…