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Upscale Italian restaurant Ristorante Lombardo and owner Tommy Lombardo Jr. have narrowed the date for the opening of a new wine bar, The Little Club, at 1197 Hertel Ave., across the street from the restaurant. Announced originally in February for the space that was formerly Cafe GarAngelo, Lombardo's wine bar has taken shape, from vintage green tile to a marble bar and…

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Two Elmwood Avenue restaurant buildings at nearly opposite ends of the city are facing demolition requests this week as part of a pair of unrelated redevelopment projects by William Paladino, Nick Sinatra and Uniland Development Co. Paladino's Ellicott Development Co. and Sinatra & Co. Real Estate are seeking permission from the Buffalo Preservation Board to tear do…

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The developer planning a five-story building on Hertel Avenue has modified its design, mostly with adjustments to the ground-floor retail space, the corner appearance and the number of windows. John Daly, a managing principal and architect at Trautman Associates and principal of O'Dalaigh Real Estate LLC, will ask the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday to approve the modi…

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Plans are advancing for a project to convert a longtime former synagogue in North Buffalo that later became a church into apartments, as the developer behind the venture seeks city approval to demolish portions of the building that aren't needed. Rocco J. DelGrosso, who owns the now-closed Faith of the Good Shepherd Chapel at 1235-1237 Hertel Ave., wants to turn the 63-…

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Grumpy Cat memes and funny kitten videos have flooded our social media feeds. Boutique coffee shops have launched tenfold. So it makes sense a bridged, sensible version of the two has crept up over the last couple decades: the cat-filled cafe. Buffalo now has its own, with last weekend's opening of Purrfect Cafe and Gallery on Hertel Avenue. What is a cat-filled cafe…

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One of Buffalo's two startup cat lounges is hoping it won't need nine lives to win city approval. Jessica Brandon is seeking a special-use permit for a tavern and outdoor dining from the Buffalo Common Council to permit her to open up Purrfect Cafe & Gallery at 1507 Hertel Ave., with a sidewalk patio. The restaurant, which would be located in one half of the buil…

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Casey William Milbrand, the artist who launched a thousand Instagram selfies and wedding proposals with his photogenic "Greetings From Buffalo" mural on Ellicott Street, is at it again. Milbrand's new mural, a blast of bold color and '70s-era typography, on the side of CRāVing Restaurant at 1472 Hertel Ave., will bear a simple message about the surrounding neighborhood …

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Uniland Development Corp. is no longer working with Blue Cardinal Capital on its project at the Elmwood Avenue and Hertel Avenue intersection, although officials said the pair plan to collaborate again in the future. The developer and private real estate investment firm had teamed up in 2016 on a plan to redevelop the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection,…

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Uniland Development Co. and partner Blue Cardinal Capital have completed their purchase of 20 acres of prime land at the intersection of Elmwood and Hertel avenues, setting up their ambitious project to create a new mixed-use destination in North Buffalo. The Amherst-based developer and the Buffalo private-equity firm late last month bought 11 more acres on Elmwood, Her…

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The student-housing developers behind a new planned project at Main Street and Hertel Avenue have been eyeing Buffalo for more than five years because, they say, it's been underserved by outside companies and much of what exists right now is not good quality. David Freeman, owner of Provo, Utah-based DFFusion Investments, said there's a need for better residential optio…

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The public acceptance of babies in bars seems to be a relatively new phenomenon. If it isn’t, it’s certainly become more prevalent in recent years. And whether because of a bar culture shift from dark and lonely to sunny and stylish or beer consumption trends steered from pounding nameless pilsners to savoring new craft pints, the trend makes sense. It’s a chance for yo…

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Dedicated soccer supporters don't have many demands when it comes to watching a match at a pub, but there are a few considered non-negotiable. The bar must sell beer, the sound must be amplified for big games and it must be accepted that supporters will sing, shout and probably curse louder than most patrons. For some bars, that's actually a lot to ask. With the Worl…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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Dressed in a white baker's uniform, with a thick French accent, Camille Le Caer fit the role perfectly this week as he sought and received support from the Buffalo Planning Board for his new North Buffalo pastry shop. Le Caer is seeking to open his French bakery, Boulanger Patisserie, in the former Globe Market space at 1416 Hertel Ave., with an existing outdoor cafe. T…

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Name: Stacey Moscato, 36. Who she is: Mother of 8-year-old Vincent. Owner of Peek-A-Boo Baby Boutique, 1446 Hertel Ave., specializing in new and “previously loved” baby and kids’ clothing up to size 8 ‑ as well as toys and accessories. What she’s wearing: Ripped, high-waisted black jeans from Urban Outfitters. Black tank (knotted at the waist) and mustard cardigan  –…