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After finding an audience for its housemade Americana, This Little Pig is bursting at the seams. The Clarence restaurant is taking over the plaza space next door to its 4401 Transit Road location. The move will allow Mandy Cooke and Jeff Cooke Jr. to add 50 seats, practically doubling the restaurant's interior capacity. A family restroom is also in the offing. The…

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The phenomenon started, as many do, in Japan. An up-and-coming chef takes the stage to face off with an experienced one in a singular cooking style, featuring a secret ingredient. A panel of guest judges determines whether the winner had bested the “Iron Chef.” The American version took the country by storm and now, in its 12th season, headlines a genre that has brought u…

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Ellicottville will get a casual Italian restaurant from seasoned operators when Villaggio has its planned opening Thursday. The 150-seat restaurant from Nick Pitillo and Jeff Cooke Jr. is located at 7 Monroe St., Ellicottville. Formerly The Barn, Villaggio is twice the size of Osteria 166, their original restaurant at 166 Franklin St. in downtown Buffalo. The Villaggio…