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A state judge declined to issue an immediate order blocking the sale of a city-owned parking lot in downtown Buffalo to Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. for a redevelopment project, rejecting the arguments by rival developer Rocco Termini that the loss of the parking posed an imminent threat to his Hotel @ the Lafayette and other businesses. But State Supreme Court Justice E…

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Kevin Hart 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center. Tickets cost between $39 and $129, and are available at tickets.com. If you doubt Kevin Hart is one of the biggest names in American comedy, consider this: The comedian and film star, most recently in "Jumanji," who brings his "Irresponsible" tour to Buffalo, sold out two shows when he last visited in April 2015. Read Tim O'Shei's r…

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The Hotel @ the Lafayette is at the heart of downtown. You could say it is the heart of downtown. Because as Buffalo goes, so does this hotel. When it opened in 1904 as the Lafayette Hotel, Buffalo was the eighth-wealthiest city in the country. A century later, things weren't looking so good. The grand hotel in the heart of downtown had fallen on tough times. You …

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Bourbon & Butter, Mike Andrzejewski’s restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, is closing after service Saturday night. “We’ve had some great people working for us, and some great customers,” the veteran Buffalo chef-owner said. “We appreciate everything everyone’s done, but it’s time to move on.” Andrzejewski opened Mike A’s in the refurbished hotel in 2012 as a fine di…

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Bourbon & Butter, Mike Andrzejewski’s restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, is closing after service Saturday night. “We’ve had some great people working for us, and some great customers,” the veteran Buffalo chef-owner said. “We appreciate everything everyone’s done, but it’s time to move on.” Andrzejewski opened Mike A’s in the refurbished hotel in 2012 as a fine di…

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For the past 125 years, the Buffalo Society of Artists has been a quiet but reliable mainstay of Western New York’s cultural identity.It is part of the creative bedrock of the region, an organization that labors with very little pomp and circumstance to create and sustain a network of artists working across media, across experience and across the region. Its mission, which…

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Butterwood Sweet & Savory has closed its restaurant in the Hotel @ the Lafayette, aiming to reopen in late January with a new menu. A retail bakery counter remains open at the 391 Washington St. location, selling items including cakes, pies and single-serving desserts, said Donald Breitkrus, operations manager. “They’re doing a little bit of work inside, and there wi…

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The new (old) world of cocktails has our heads spinning, but in a good way. With the holidays here, meeting up with friends for a drink takes on a whole new meaning these days. We noticed at the swanky Bourbon and Butter, not only can we try a House Original signature cocktail, but we can take a mini trip without ever leaving the barstool. The "Modern Classics" section o…

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Looking for a last minute gift? These Buffalo food ornaments are at Woyshner's Flower Market at the Hotel @ the Lafayette in downtown Buffalo. From the top is a golumbki (stuffed cabbage roll), loganberry, pierogi, sponge candy, butter lamb, beef on weck and chicken wings (drums or flats). We didn't see the Polish sausage at the downtown location, but Woyshner's Christm…

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The Western New York restaurant scene is unique in that its members are not just colleagues, they're a family. Much like the Buffalo population in general, the culinary crew cares about each other, and while they may compete for reviews, customers and accolades, they have each other's backs when it counts. The Iron Event is one example of that community spirit, an event t…

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Even though Public Espresso + Coffee represents the most modern turn of coffee culture in Buffalo, its retro setting makes having a cup there feel like a glimpse of the past. Nestled in the lobby of Hotel @ the Lafayette, the coffee and espresso bar is surrounded by the old-fashioned letter slots and gilded elevators of the opulent French Renaissance-style hotel. This is …

Iron Event 2015 has been set for Sept. 14 at Hotel @ the Lafayette. Mark your calendars now, because tickets go on sale July 1. The event is a best-bite contest between some of the most competitive and talented chefs in Buffalo, making it a favorite of gastronomic thrill-seekers. The night is organized by Daniel Tracy, a former chef coping with amyotrophic lateral sclero…

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Buffalo keeps appearing in articles by national and international media outlets -- more frequently than ever, it seems -- which some interpret as a sign of the city's resurgence or, at the very least, a greater degree of national relevance. The Guardian US, which won a Pulitzer in 2014 for exposing the NSA, featured the Queen City in its travel section's On the Radar [rea…

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When Mike Andrzejewski invited Victor Parra Gonzalez to join talents for a seven-course Mexican extravaganza downtown at Bourbon & Butter, the dinner sold out in record time, Andrzejewski said. Gonzalez is a young chef from Acapulco who runs Jaguar at the Bistro, in Youngstown. After decades in Buffalo kitchens, Andrzejewski is one of the city’s leading chefs, with fo…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez, the chef from Acapulco offering Mexican-influenced modern fare near Old Fort Niagara, is coming downtown for dinner next week. On May 13, Gonzalez will be offering dinner in collaboration with Chef Mike Andrzejewski, at Bourbon & Butter, Andrzejewski’s fine dining restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St. [read the Bourbon & Bu…