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J.J. Richert and his brother Kevin have put their City of Tonawanda restaurant up for sale. Smoke on the Water, 77 Young St., has been serving up barbecue and kicked-up family food since the Richerts opened it in 2012. Now that their families have grown, the brothers said in a statement, it's time to reconsider how they spend their time. "Eight years, five children, …

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Torches is for sale. The fine dining restaurant at 1141 Kenmore Ave., opened by J.J. Richert and brother Kevin in 2007, quietly went on the market about three months ago. The business and its contents is for sale; the Richerts lease the space. Since he put it on the market, people have told him they heard he was facing bankruptcy, divorce, a brotherly feud, J.J. Richert …

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The 2015 season of Nickel City Chef adds Edward Forster of Buffalo Proper as the fifth member of the "home team." Those chefs will compete against other up-and-coming culinary talents in five live hour-long cooking battles this spring. Forster's cooking helped put Buffalo Proper on my list of best new restaurants of 2014. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They usuall…