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The Israeli burger chain Burgerim makes its Buffalo debut next week on Hertel Avenue, offering a diverse array of patty possibilities. At 1460 Hertel Ave., formerly Chennai Express, customers can step up to burgers, fries, wings and sides in beef, poultry, fish and vegetarian versions. Announced in November, its opening has been set for Sept. 17. The restaurant’s nam…

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When Greg Herzog awoke suddenly to his phone ringing at 4 a.m. Aug. 21, he did not fear the worst. The alarm company, connected to his barbecue-and-bourbon business, Roaming Bison Tavern, had called at weird hours before for smaller-scale worries. But the security representative sounded serious, and when Herzog peered outside his window, just a mile and a half from the …

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Two major Western New York developers that won approval for projects earlier this year have now tweaked them to address concerns that had been raised by critics. Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. had received clearance from the city in May to proceed with its affordable housing and urban market at 201 Ellicott St. The project, consisting primarily of a five-story section and …

Art

In the grainy black-and-white photograph from 1903, Mark Twain sits on the steps of a vine-covered porch in Elmira, his white hair unkempt and his face paused in thought. Seated next to him is John T. Lewis, a poor pig farmer who was one of his closest friends. The unlikely pair, who are buried near each other in Elmira’s Woodlawn Cemetery, has found new life in a mural…

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The inaugural Hertel Alley Street Art Festival was the site of creativity, artistic expression and dazzling colors on the first two days of June, as 20 artists volunteered their time to beautify Hertel Alley, a three-block strip immediately south of Hertel Avenue, near Colvin. One week later, a portion of the Hertel Alley canvas was defiled by a thick blue line of spray…

Food and Drink

It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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Coming up with fun school break activities for teen or preteen kids can be challenging, especially if you want to do something different than the usual go-tos like arcades, trampoline parks or mall shopping. During midwinter break, I took two creative and curious suburban 15-year-olds on an Art in the City adventure, and perhaps it will inspire you to do something simil…

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The growing Hertel district is defined by its diversity. Dive bars sidle alongside craft beer pubs; ethnic restaurants neighbor on both sides. The Little Club fits in neatly between. A wine bar in a beer town, The Little Club makes a concerted effort to abandon pretense. It does so quite successfully. The decor is equal parts modern and urbane - the bar’s metallic curve…

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In a startling turn of events, BarVera owner Cameron Rector and his management team will no longer operate in Hertel Avenue food hall PK Eats. The decision is effective beginning Friday. BarVera's staff of six bartenders may continue to work at PK Eats "until they find other employment," Rector said, as a provision of his contract says that the business name must remain…

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Every great city neighborhood needs a gastropub. And as Hertel Avenue moves steadily toward that designation with each new business and facelift of an existing one, Sterling Ave Tap & Wurst checks the box.   Technically, a gastropub is “a pub specializing in high-quality food.” To me, though, a gastropub is a safe bet offering all the night-out-necessities. In m…

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Purrfect Cafe and Gallery generally doesn't let outside cats in, but on Feb. 8, they'll make an exception. Actors from the touring production of "Cats," which is at Shea's Buffalo Theatre until Feb. 10, will cozy up with Wanda, Vex, Ashi and Homer at Buffalo's sole cat cafe. The actors will be there from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The cafe has a 15-person limit, so if you plan t…

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You won't recognize the old Family Video. Micro food hall PK Eats, at 1488 Hertel Ave., has announced a grand-opening party for Jan. 9 Jan. 11, as vendors Newbury Salads, Sun Cuisines and barVera have created a unified experience that weaves together pan-Asian fare, healthy options and a polished cocktail program. The PK Eats project was developed by Newbury Salads o…

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With Vera Buffalo - formerly known as Vera Pizzeria - to open as part of PK Eats food hall on Hertel, the cocktail bar-restaurant announced on Facebook that it would close its original location at 220 Lexington Ave., with Saturday marking Vera's final night in the Elmwood Village. Owned and operated by Cameron Rector since September 2011 - effectively ushering in the craf…

Festivals

Guess what? You can wear a Santa hat to eight of these 10 events, which comprise some of Western New York's best activities this weekend, without any concerns over appropriateness. Take advantage of this while you still can! Here is what's ahead. 1. SantaCon Buffalo, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 along Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo. Cost is $10 in advance here or a…

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Founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, seven years ago, international burger chain Burgerim has expanded rapidly across the United States, with plans to grow even further in 2019. Buffalo-area burger lovers will benefit, with Burgerim's first Western New York location expected to open in January at 1460 Hertel Ave., the former Chennai Express. The newcomer uses halal-certified me…