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The public acceptance of babies in bars seems to be a relatively new phenomenon. If it isn’t, it’s certainly become more prevalent in recent years. And whether because of a bar culture shift from dark and lonely to sunny and stylish or beer consumption trends steered from pounding nameless pilsners to savoring new craft pints, the trend makes sense. It’s a chance for yo…

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The best foyers create a good first impression, keeping potential customers comfortable while they’re waiting for the chance to start eating and drinking. More important than décor, though, is the host. A place that does robust walk-in traffic needs a staffer who is part traffic cop, to effectively triage the crowd. ¶ When customers have done their part – confirmed a res…

Buffalo

There’s a new crew cooking at Granny’s Kitchen. The diner at 899 French Road, Cheektowaga, changed hands in November. Since then, brothers Julian and Aaron Pawlak have taken over with their father, Tom Pawlak.“We thrive on fresh, homemeade meals,” Tom Pawlak said. “Stuff used to be stacked up in the freezer, and warmed up in the microwave. We don’t do that.”The Pawlaks add…

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The former Empire Grill is becoming Mac’s on Hertel, with extensive renovations including second-story balcony seating to give it a touch of New Orleans’ French Quarter.Owner Mark Bohn said he’s planning an early May soft opening for the restaurant, at 1435 Hertel Ave. The owner-operator of Bohn’s Restaurant & Lounge in Batavia bought the building about a year ago.Bohn sai…

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The former Empire Grill is becoming Mac’s on Hertel, with extensive renovations including second-story balcony seating to give it a touch of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Owner Mark Bohn said he’s planning an early May soft opening for the restaurant, at 1435 Hertel Ave. The owner-operator of Bohn’s Restaurant & Lounge in Batavia bought the building about a year ago. …