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Not quite reinvented, but definitely reinvigorated. That’s how you could describe The Roycroft Inn, which has become a bit of a trendsetter in the restaurant industry by continually unveiling new concepts and ideas. Loyal partnerships with area breweries and farms are the frosting on the cake that makes dining local even more delectable. Dan Garvey credits his team f…

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For Connie and Jack Thayer, construction paper with the letters P-I-E changed their lives. The Thayers own Portage Pie, a carry-out pie shop in Westfield that cranks out 18 flavors of scrumptious, homemade pies one by one. But a few short years ago, the Thayers found themselves "dirt poor" after Jack lost his job at a woodworking shop in 2003. After a series of odd jobs…

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When you hear the term bakery, you likely envision sweet treats and homemade loaves of fresh bread. You’ll find that along with ever-changing dinner menus, event space and a new speakeasy bar at Elm Street Bakery, which is now 7 years old. Owners Kim and Jay DePerno are constantly working to reinvigorate the business they founded with new inspiration. After noticing …

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When there’s a chill in the air and days are getting shorter, activity picks up at Schnitzel & Co. where Oktoberfest is celebrated year-round with German food and drink at two locations (Transit Road and Eggert Road). “Our whole menu is Oktoberfest all the time,” said General Manager Phil Christopher. “But it definitely picks up this time of year. We get out of summ…

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“I'd been fighting myself, leading up to the audition day,” singer Blaise Miranda-Mercedes said of the recent "American Idol" auditions at Canalside. “Trying to decide what would be the best song to sing, or whether I should even audition at all. For years, I had very harsh opinions regarding singing competitions and reality TV shows. At some point, they all felt like o…

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No matter what the calendar says, at Cherry Bank Farm, fall officially began a week ago. That’s when a hydraulically controlled gate lifted to let the season’s first Ginger Gold apples roll down a ramp into the roaring maw of the apple grinder at the Sanborn farm. It marked the start of a two-day process that saw Cherry Bank’s first cider of the season sold to waitin…

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It’s a nightmare scenario a family man lives in fear of. In 2016, Every Time I Die vocalist and front-man Keith Buckley was on the road when he was alerted his pregnant wife had been rushed to the hospital. He left the tour and arrived at the hospital to find her connected to life-support machinery. The threat of losing his family stared Buckley directly in the eye. …

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Robby Takac arrived at Buffalo RiverWorks looking like the world’s coolest dad. He’s got his daughter, Hana, with him, and his hair looks totally rock ‘n’ roll, sticking up in all the right spots in a way that would make Tommy Stinson proud. “I’m a little wiped out today,” Takac laughed. “Not much in the way of sleep,” a reference to the Music Is Art Festival warm-up sh…

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Dan Wiedenhaupt has loved writing since he was a child growing up in East Aurora. As a kid, he would dictate his stories to his mother who would type them up and then give them to him to illustrate. It’s a sweet memory he had forgotten until his mother dug those stories out of the basement. He had just sold his first script and she wanted to remind him that he had been …

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LONG ISLAND CITY – Jim Gaffigan was reflecting in the corner of a cavernous Queens soundstage, just across the East River from Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children. “I don’t know if 10 years ago I could have made the brain-tumor stuff funny,” said Gaffigan, who was talking about his wife’s pear-sized brain tumor – which, as he point…

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It started, as so many amazing artistic ideas seem to, in a dorm room. At UB, Tony Caferro and Robert Hill envisioned Deep Thinka Records as a Buffalo-centric hip-hop label with an emphasis on fresh beats, forward-looking material and a positive ethos. Twenty years later, the label is booking hip-hop artists in 250 markets, while simultaneously nurturing Buffalo artists…

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Menu items often come and go at restaurants as owners try to keep things new and exciting. But every now and then a new creation becomes a standout – a dish that somehow stands the test of time and keeps customers coming back for more. A dish like that earns a permanent place on the menu. When Mike Hoak, former owner of Hoak’s Lakeshore Restaurant, and Mike Buntich, for…

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Luke Smallbone is on the road with his brother, Joel. The two Australian-born musicians, collectively known as for King and Country, are somewhere in the Midwest, in the middle of a packed summer of tour dates. The band will be releasing the new album "Burn the Ships" in October and its first single, "Joy," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian chart, making it the ba…

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When Susan Adamucci was having health concerns, her doctor suggested she go gluten-free. Within two weeks she was feeling better. The only problem was finding good gluten-free food options. That need inspired her to start her own business, Two Wheels Bakery, 435 Ellicott St., with Lisa Biggs. The café opened in April and now the co-owners are serving up breakfast, lunch…

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Arthur Bovino came to Buffalo with a plan to write a 60,000-word book on Buffalo cuisine. The New York City resident spent about a month eating in Buffalo, and more time delving into the history behind the food he found. He ate at more than 120 places, and packed on 20 pounds. When Bovino started writing, he wrote 60,000 words and kept going. "I couldn't stop," he sa…