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With modern factory space in short supply, Erie County wants YOU to build a new manufacturing building in Lackawanna. The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. is seeking a developer to put up a "spec" industrial building on part of the former Bethlehem Steel property just south of Buffalo near Lake Erie. The land development arm of the Erie Count…

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Steve’s Pig & Ox Roast has not been owned and operated by Steve Prahovic for almost a generation, but many of its customers would never know it. His nephew, Marvin “Steve” Barberich, has owned and operated the Lackawanna restaurant for the past 17 years, doing things the same way his uncle did when he founded it 42 years ago. With a wall sign proudly honoring the…

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Lackawanna and South Buffalo residents, as well as other interested parties, will have a chance Tuesday night to learn more about plans to redevelop the former Bethlehem Steel site and also to offer public comment into both the project and the scope of the environmental quality review that will be required. The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. –…

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In my mind, there are three ingredients to a good, old-fashioned diner. Good food, cheap prices, and coffee … lots of coffee. Teddy’s Family Restaurant ticks all three boxes—and lucky me, it’s just minutes away from my house, right on the Lackawanna/South Buffalo border. Teddy’s has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront facing Abbott Road, and a large parking lot to …

Sports

Don't hand a third-straight Buffalo & District Soccer League premier division title to the BSC Raiders quite yet, or even write Sharpshooters in pen as the dynasty's finals opponent. Of the remaining sides in the postseason, it's upstart Lackawanna FCY with perhaps the greatest potential to stun the Goliaths. Taha Omar's team scuffled a bit toward the end of the reg…

Food and Drink

A new Yemeni establishment offering breakfast-through-dinner specialties and Arab groceries has opened in Lackawanna. It’s early days for Alsultan Restaurant and Bakery, 178 Ridge Road, which started serving food Monday. The restaurant hasn't gotten all its systems online yet. When it’s in full bloom, Fahmi Harhara and his partners are aiming for a level of Yemeni cu…

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The home of the giant meatball is introducing a new plus-sized appetizer to the Buffalo area: a pizza-sized chicken Parm. Lackawanna red-sauce destination Mulberry Italian Ristorante has retooled its menu – and its kitchen – to add an expanded array of housemade pasta specialties. A round little ravioli called occhi has made the menu, served cacio e’ pepe, in a chees…

Business

Seven months after Alliance Innovative Manufacturing in Lackawanna abruptly shut down, its owner has sold the manufacturing facility to a Blasdell company that makes racks, shelving and other storage products. Rapistak Corp., through the David Aidan Group LLC, paid $1.32 million for the 3.04-acre complex at 1 Alliance Drive, just north of Smoke Creek off the Hamburg Tur…

Education

The Lackawanna City School District paid $477,000 to two service providers without sufficient documentation that the district got what it was paying for, according to the findings of an audit by the state Comptroller's Office. The audit, which reviewed a total of $4.6 million in spending on nine service providers, found the district paid $275,000 for information technol…

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“Upgraded tavern menu” is the great white whale of restaurant concepts. It’s on the lips of every other operator, but the true beast is rarely glimpsed. It’s an obsessive subject because giving customers noticeably better versions of dishes they already want sounds like a high-percentage shot at restaurant success. It’s hard to find because it’s difficult to offer fa…

Business

Global Concepts Charter School will formally break ground May 23 on its "Green Space Initiative" to convert an unused portion of its Ridge Road property behind the school into a natural park with athletic facilities, a playground and educational programming. The 12-year-old Lackawanna charter school previously used its parking lot for a fenced-in playground, alongside f…

Courts

A Lackawanna man was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in prison for an incident in which he used a gun to keep a victim in his apartment and attempted to strangle her, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. James Horace, 44, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to an indeterminate sentence of 2 to 4 years. He had faced …

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Call me shallow, but I travel to eat. Taking a car or plane to eyeball majestic vistas, historic buildings and art museums is nice, but my favorite vehicle for broadening my horizons is a table. So when given the chance to try an ancient and vibrant cuisine, no passport required, I jumped. Despite our area’s sizeable Yemeni population, there haven’t been many succ…

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Hundreds gathered in a Lackawanna mosque Monday morning to grieve the death of a 12-year-old boy. Then police, community leaders and city officials took to the streets to plead for information about the people who are to blame for taking his life. In both places, less than 48 hours after Badraldeen Mohamad Elwaseem was shot in the head by a stray bullet while watchin…

Business

A New Hampshire investor has acquired a Family Dollar store in Lackawanna from the North Carolina developer that built it last year. Lexco Inc., controlled by Lucia Moura of Rye, N.H., paid $1.83 million last week to purchase the 8,330-square-foot store at 121 Ridge Road from Durban Group's Lackawanna FDS 715551 LLC. Durban, based in Charlotte, N.C., is a commercial …