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Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen is broadening its Lewiston presence by moving down Center Street into a two-story restaurant. There was room for four or five businesses in the mini-plaza at 402 Center St., part of which was formerly occupied by Grandpaws Pet Emporium. Gallo will take up three of the five spaces, and build an addition to hold a quick-serve pizza offshoot to b…

Business

An affiliate of Jayesh Patel's Rudra Management has acquired a 68-room Lewiston hotel from a New York City investment bank. Kasturi Hotel paid $2 million to acquire the Niagara Crossing Hotel & Spa from SF III Niagara LLC, which is owned by Stabilis Capital Management LLP, according to Patel and broker Larry Best of Buffalo Hotel Realty. Located at 100 Center St.…

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Discarding another former restaurant review rule, I want to tell you about a place that doesn’t serve dinner. To discard a rule, I need a reason, and this one is simple: it’s a genre-buster. For years, Villa Coffee House, a breakfast and lunch spot in Lewiston, was serving the sort of eggs-and-sandwiches menu you would expect in a neighborhood diner. In 2018 Stephen Pus…

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We all love a good festival. Sometimes just throwing a slew of strong acts together on a bill, popping up a beer tent or two, and having a party is enough. At other times, however, we’re looking for something a little bit deeper, even if we don’t realize it consciously. We’re in need of a ritual that seeks to connect us. To each other, yes. But to our natural environment a…

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We all tend to collapse toward nostalgia, and it’s not just the gravitational pull of aging that makes this so. No, after a while, we tend to stick with what we already know, and then we romanticize what once was, repaint it as if it was somehow perfect, and then lament the erroneous belief that “nothing new will be as great as that was, ever again.” How do we escape th…

Local News

Disabled or elderly Lewiston residents who can't drive can have town police pick up unwanted medications from their home under a new program. The department will offer pickups, by appointment, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 15th of each month. Appointments must be made a week prior to the pickup date, the department said in a Facebook post. Those interested should cal…

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Over six years and four restaurants, chef-owner Ken Scibetta has written more consistently entertaining menus than any mini-chain deserves. Instead of succumbing to the flattening effect that usually comes with expansion, Griffon menus usually include dishes in testing mode. The first that comes to mind was a grilled shrimp appetizer at the Griffon Gastropub’s Clarence …

Crime

A 27-year-old Ransomville man has been charged after Lewiston police said he sped away from an officer who tried pulling him over. An officer attempted to stop the driver of a speeding vehicle on Bronson Drive at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, Lewiston police said in a Facebook post. The driver, identified by police as David A. Reimer III, refused to pull over, police said. R…

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Sometimes you just want a burger. Steaks and seafood and dishes full of exotic ingredients all have their place. But sometimes all you really want is two hands full of food you can pick up and fill your face with. Back in the mists of time, when woolly mammoths roamed the earth and phones had dials, hamburgers topped with anything besides lettuce, tomato, onion and chee…

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Organizers expect a crowd of 35,000 at the 61st annual Niagara County Peach Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Academy Park in Lewiston and runs through 11 p.m. Sunday. Buffalo’s three professional sports teams’ mascots, new-look Billy Buffalo, Sabretooth and Buster Bison will be at Academy Park when the festival opens. Fresh peaches from Bittner-Singer Far…

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We adored Roald Dahl’s, “James and the Giant Peach.” Some of our fondest memories are passages of James and his bug buddies eating the fleshy, juicy peach. We're fortunate to have access to luscious homegrown peaches in our area, and this season's crop is fantastic from what we've already gorged on. The second best thing to eating a dripping peach over the sink is ea…

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Lewiston’s jazz gift to the world got underway Friday night with a festival showcasing a broad array of styles and talents. Five stages spread out over a few city blocks meant that jazz fans could weave their way through crowded streets surrounded by music while imbibing, consuming and celebrating summer. Most of the stages were fronted by folding chairs, some brough…

Festivals

A true swashbuckling weekend of events lies ahead for the Buffalo area, with a wealth of festivals - ranging from ethnic to music to art - planned. Considering the pace of activity slows considerably on Labor Day Weekend and beyond, now is the time to grab summer's tail and hold on tight. 1) Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 26 at Silo City…

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The round-shaped building that overlooks the Niagara River in Lewiston has held its ground there since the days of the Great Gorge Railway in the 1930s when it stored the coal used to run the steamers keeping the bustling waterfront going. It didn't become the restaurant called The Silo until April of 1998, but has since made a name for itself and won awards for its del…

Business

Bank of America has notified regulators it will close a location at 767 Cayuga St. in the Village of Lewiston on Oct. 30. The bank is still deciding whether to keep at ATM operating at the site, said Tara Burke, a bank spokeswoman. Bank of America owns the location that will close. Burke said Bank of America considers a variety of factors, such as customer traffic, w…