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Hooked has opened in Williamsville’s Wyndham Garden Hotel, hoping to give Northtowns diners a taste of the upscale Italian dished up by Hamburg’s Lucia’s on the Lake. Angelo Canna Jr., a Lucia’s co-owner, said customers and friends have been asking if he could duplicate its success north of Buffalo. "Well, I listened, and with the support of my longtime friend and bu…

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Tucked away down a sheltered offshoot of Route 5 near Woodlawn Beach, Dos Amigos on The Lake has recently renovated and re-opened its doors with upscale menu offerings more akin to that of its popular sister restaurant Lucia’s on the Lake. With plans for a big summer on the shores of Lake Erie, the former Mexican-American restaurant has all but abandoned its Mexican dis…

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Lucia’s on the Lake is expanding its successful Hamburg site, including building a two-level patio with views of Lake Erie. The patio will include “unobstructed rooftop views of the lake on top, and a covered patio below,” said Angelo Canna Jr., who owns Lucia’s with Jay Pasquarella. [Read review of Lucia's on the Lake here] The construction, which Lucia’s owners hope t…

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If you pick the right spot, Western New York’s waterfront views can be splendid. The same cannot be said of its waterfront restaurants, which have drawn a tepid response from customers wherever menus have aimed higher than fried fish. A couple of weeks ago, I had a meal that made me think that dynamic could change. I don’t want to oversell Lucia’s on the Lake in this re…

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Root Five, the lakeside restaurant in Hamburg, served its last meals on New Year’s Eve. Owner Dave Root is inviting inquiries from qualified operators. “Twenty-two years is a long time,” said Root, who took over the building at 4914 Lakeshore Road in 1992. That place burned down, and Root, who was in the construction business, built a new place with a big deck looking out…

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McKenzie’s Bar & Grill, 4151 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, closed Jan. 10. After an intense week-long makeover blitz, it reopened Friday as Lucia’s on the Lake. “The painters were leaving at 2:30 and we opened the doors at 4,” said Jay Pasquarella, who owns the place with Angelo Canna Jr. “It happened very quickly.” Pasquarella previously owned Lotis on Delaware Avenue, w…