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After roughly 18 years away, Michael Gibney is coming home to open his first restaurant in Buffalo. Working with his parents – Michael Sr. and Mary Ann – Gibney plans to start a pasta-focused Italian restaurant at 534 Elmwood Ave., the former Joe's Deli and Off the Wall. The Buffalo Planning Board approved the restaurant on Monday; a timeline for its opening should foll…

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More than 5,500 people navigated the second floor of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Sunday to warm their stomachs at Buffalo Soup-Fest, sampling spicy, savory and sweet soups in order to narrow-down winners in several categories. Matt Carlucci, co-founder of Buffalo Soup-Fest, announced the full list of winners, 11 of which were voted on by the public, with their b…

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With more than 80 soups for sampling at the Buffalo Soup-Fest, it's wise for slurpers to have a plan of attack. After all, there's only so much salt your body can handle, and if you're going to drop $25 on a ticket and roughly eight soup samples, savvy choices are crucial to enjoying the festival. The ninth annual Soup-Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Buf…

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A broad overview of the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Buffalo-area restaurants reveals a stark contrast: Some pour resources into or take painstaking care in how they represent themselves, while others take shortcuts. These promotions won't make or break a restaurant - the quality of the food and restaurant experience are still more crucial - but this is a time whe…

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If you’ve been around Buffalo for a few years, chances are you’ve been to, or at least seen, a Joe’s Deli. With four locations now around Buffalo, Joe’s Deli offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy its sandwiches, wraps and salads. On a recent weekday, we checked out its Maple Road establishment, which opened last May, for lunch. Located in the plaza at the corner of…

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We are in the thick of the homegrown season. So if you’re wondering just what to do with zucchini, visit the North Buffalo Farmers Market to become inspired. Chef Don Keating from Joe’s Deli (three locations), goes live with his cooking at the market’s culinary table every Thursday afternoon. “Local produce and a farmer's market was something North Buffalo was lackin…

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Nearly 200 local independent restaurants will participate in the autumn edition of Local Restaurant Week from Oct. 19 to 25.Restaurants offer $20.15 menu choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner as part of the twice-annual restaurant promotion. It’s a relatively budget-friendly way to check out new restaurants or revisit favorites.Local Restaurant Week has historically been…

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As Joe’s Deli has cemented its reputation as a go-to spot for interesting sandwiches, the place has built a sizable clientele of regulars. In 2006 it opened at 1322 Hertel Ave., in space that was formerly Mastman’s Deli. A catering company followed, then a second location at 534 Elmwood Ave. Along the way, a noticeable number of people started using Joe’s Deli as an exte…