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In many American cities, an industrial building two miles from City Hall transformed into office space would be unremarkable. But this is Buffalo. The Larkin at Exchange building, and the Larkinville District it anchors, has brought the city more than Class A square footage. Larkinville is a testbed for the notion that a community can be reborn in blocks gone dark a genera…

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At Hydraulic Hearth, the new Swan Street restaurant across from Larkin Square, there are bar stools set at a pizza bar, where diners can watch pizzas being baked in the gleaming white brick oven. When Chef Rick Gazzo finds himself explaining the restaurant to customers, he sometimes puts it this way: “We are a pizzeria, but we are not an Italian restaurant. We have meatbal…

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Mini golf is so 1995. Get your fine motor skills in shape for Larkin Links, Buffalo's first "nano golf" course, a lighthearted fusion of public art and recreation dreamed up by Buffalo entrepreneur Harry Zemsky and slated to open June 17. The course, which will be free and open to the public, features 11 holes designed by local artists and designers. These range from a c…

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Across Swan Street from Larkin Square, Hydraulic Hearth is a hangout bar that replaces Swan Lounge, a hangout bar that closed a few years ago. But the surroundings have been tidied up quite a bit, and the bar snacks are light-years ahead of what 716 Swan St. used to offer when last in operation. Harry Zemsky installed a brick oven for pizza, struck a deal with Community …

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As Buffalo continues on its current roll of incremental transformation, the city’s “young people” have enjoyed a starring role in the majority of images, campaigns and conversations about its comeback. There they are, shopping local, using bike lanes and walking their dogs while donning Clark Kent glasses. They’re staying here after college or relocating back after years …

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Hydraulic Hearth is a gorgeous restaurant with a menu to match. Nestled in the newly swankified Larkin district, the space at 716 Swan St. has been renovated into a preservationist’s dream. Iron pipe accents complement exposed brick walls that reflect the warmth of the open pizza oven, in front of which white-jacket chefs flip and knead dough for diners’ viewing pleasure.…

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Hydraulic Hearth, the Larkin Square restaurant masterminded by Harry Zemsky, opened Tuesday for dinner. “It’s definitely nervous excitement,” said Zemsky, who has worked in restaurants, but never opened one before. “It’s great to see it finally come together, and we’re really happy with it.” Hours will be 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday a…

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Hydraulic Hearth, the Larkin Square restaurant masterminded by Harry Zemsky, opens Tuesday for dinner. “It’s definitely nervous excitement,” said Zemsky, who has worked in restaurants, but never opened one before. “It’s great to see it finally come together, and we’re really happy with it.” Hours will be 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.…

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Hydraulic Hearth, the pizza-and-beer centered restaurant at Larkin Square, is inching toward the finish line. Health inspectors and city code inspectors have been satisfied, owner Harry Zemsky said, with the liquor license to come. “We hope to have family and friends in in a couple weeks,” said Zemsky. “I think conservatively we should be open by the end of November, but…

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Pizza is the heart of the draft menu at Hydraulic Hearth, the restaurant that Harry Zemsky is working on opening at Larkinville this summer. There's a dozen listed, topped with everything from rabbit ragu to tomatoes and lemon zest. Offered in two sizes, they run from $13-$24. There's local shout-outs, including a Buffalo chicken number, and one topped with sausage from S…