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Don't be fooled by the trendiness of its pink staircase; downtown bar-arcade-restaurant Misuta Chow's has taken its authentic Japanese food and drink seriously. The newest toy for mixologist Jason Wood and owners Johny Chow and Christi Allen is the first of three Suntory Toki whisky highball tap towers for its bar. These machines reduce bartenders' effort and error in c…

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Growing up in Buffalo, John Mark Bechtel came of age working in his uncle's Hertel Avenue bar, where he began to cultivate an appreciation for Genny Cream Ale and pinball. When his musical career took him around the world as a rock musician, Johny Chow, his nom du rock, was enraptured by the bars he discovered in the hidden byways of Tokyo. Three years ago, the bassi…

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A highly anticipated addition to Buffalo’s downtown bar and restaurant scene comes with a dose of Japanese flair and a cluster of classic arcade games. Misuta Chow’s, the restaurant-arcade on Main Street that held a soft opening earlier this month, is adorned to recreate the look and feel of a yokocho, an alleyway common in large cities in Japan. Across from the Hyat…

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Misuta Chow's, a Japanese-inflected arcade-restaurant, opens downtown July 14. The two-story space at 521 Main St. will offer carefully curated eating, drinking and gaming experiences. It's owned by Christi Allen and Johny Chow, the bassist for alt-metal band Stone Sour. "He’ll transport guests to the alleyways of Tokyo City for an authentic tour of Japan’s food and …