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There's no sugar-coating this: Paula's Donuts will be opening in Larkinville. The Buffalo Planning Board this week gave the green light to plans by Howard and Leslie Zemsky's Larkin Development Group to construct a pair of two-story buildings on Seneca Street – the larger of which will be anchored by the fourth location of the region's most popular doughnut shop. The ne…

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The Zemsky family and their partners are planning more than $19 million in new development projects in Larkinville – including the first Paula's Donuts in Buffalo's core, opening sometime next year. The goal is to fulfill what they see as the Larkin District's potential, recreating the activity and density that the area had more than a century ago when it was a thriving…

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In less than a decade, Larkinville has become an unexpected destination for work and play. The speed of redevelopment has a noteworthy byproduct: it has attracted a certain type of consumer. Jamie Dinero, owner of Kornerstone Cafe and Juice Bar tucked just inside the entrance of the Larkin Center of Commerce, identifies a few of the traits that seem to unify the neighbo…

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A little extra research can go a long way. Roar Logistics is redesigning its planned new headquarters on Exchange Street after a surprise discovery limited the amount of land available for the new building. The Buffalo transportation company, owned by Rich Products Corp., received city approval in May to construct a two-story office building on the edge of Larkinvill…

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A regional construction company has moved its new Buffalo office to Larkinville, taking up all of the commercial space in the Schaefer Building on Seneca Street. Rochester-based the Pike Co., one of the largest construction management firms in the Northeast, moved into the three-story building at 740 Seneca. It took over space on two floors that had been occupied by You…

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Craft brewing and distilling have become serious business in Buffalo. The proliferation of both have given birth to homegrown tastes and brightened previously dormant addresses. Drinkers with sophisticated palates can explore their favorite tastes, then weigh each on their locally sourced ingredients, mouthfeel and magnitude within their given designation. But aside …

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Beatles Rooftop Tribute, 6 p.m. Aug. 9, Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), free. One of Buffalo's newest traditions is gearing up for its third installment. Hydraulic Hearth's rather popular Beatles Rooftop Tribute is back for another summer to shut down Swan Street and give audience members a stiff neck while rocking out to a night full of music from the legendary Bri…

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Over the past two summers, Larkin Square’s weekly Food Truck Tuesday affair has gone from a deviation away from traditional dining to full-blown culinary carnival, with fleets of vehicles selling everything from kettle corn to Korean barbecue. The event has grown so gargantuan that even the most-seasoned sampler might seek shelter from the sometimes-sweltering chaos of the…

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The charming Swan Street Diner is a restoration of the Sterling Company diner cars originally made by the J.B. Judkins Company. When the company started to make the cars, they numbered them based on when they were finished from the time they started in 1936 until 1942. The soft yellow and maroon car that has made its home in Larkin Square is number 397. From the musi…

By Peter Dow Bravo! We are delighted that Rep. Brian Higgins, The Buffalo News, Robert Gioia, and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. have endorsed the idea of building an urban residential village where the Memorial Auditorium once stood. We have been pushing this idea for several years, and now that the children’s museum, the carousel and other waterfront attra…

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Eckl's@Larkin, the huge new Larkinville restaurant and event space, plans to open May 5. Work on the 7,000-square-foot restaurant, in the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St., is nearing its completion, said owner Jim Cornell. Delays have pushed back the initial opening, he said. Wood paneling, antiqued copper ceiling tiles and a central bar with a hammered …

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The Buffalo Common Council will consider a pair of zoning changes to allow a new Family Dollar store in the Fillmore District and a commercial development on a narrow sliver of former railroad land in Larkinville. The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday recommended approval by the Council of a zoning map amendment for a group of properties in the Genesee-Moselle neighborho…

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Two Buffalo developers are partnering to construct a two-story back-office facility in Larkinville that could end up housing a transportation and logistics company. State Sen. Christopher L. Jacobs, who owns Avalon Development, is working with Alan Dewart of Seneca Development & Management Corp. on a proposal to erect a 13,500-square-foot facility at 535 Exchange St…

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The beef-on-weck game just changed in Buffalo: Eckl's is coming to town. The renowned Orchard Park beef purveyor is opening a huge sibling restaurant in Larkinville that will add upscale choices to Eckl's traditional menu and sprawl over 7,000 square feet. Located in the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St., Eckl's@Larkin will give diners a plush environment adj…

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There was good reason that "Buffalo Mack," the human-sized "groundhog" who has taken center stage at the annual Buffalo Groundhog Day beer bash the past few years, gained so much weight in recent months. Mack turned out to be a she – and a pregnant one at that. According to the latest in a hilarious series of short videos, the Groundhog Day mascot recently gave birth…