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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…

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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…

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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…

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If there's one major cuisine lacking around Hertel Avenue, it's pan-Asian with an American twist. Beyond Taste Good on Delaware and China Star on the east end of Hertel, there's a relative dearth for those on the hunt for lo mein, fried rice and more, especially in a sit-down setting. Good Fortunes, which began as Gourm-Asian Food Truck, then opened its first brick-and-…

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For generations, diners have made Ristorante Lombardo, the fine-dining Italian restaurant on Hertel Avenue, a destination for eating and drinking. The priorities are reversed across the street at The Little Club, the soon-to-open wine bar from the Lombardo family. The room at 1197 Hertel Ave., once Café Garangelo, will put wine first, said Thomas D. Lombardo. The Lit…

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A mother-and-son team who’ve run a catering company for a decade plan to open a new restaurant just off Hertel Avenue. Cheryl Ann Gill and her son Andrew have been operating Everyday Gourmet, their catering company on Cayuga Drive in Niagara Falls, for 10 years, Andrew Gill said. “That’s going really well,” he said. “So we want to branch out a little and open a resta…

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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…