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Three established culinary operations are joining to offer downtown Buffalo an innovative place to eat and drink, from breakfast to happy hour. Flint will be opening at 50 Fountain Square, combining efforts of people behind Butter Block patisserie, Remedy House coffee house, and Marble + Rye restaurant. On Main Street in the heart of downtown, “Flint’s primary focus …

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pre-karaoke cocktails and appetizers You know when a downtown restaurant has fun cocktail names, lavender vodka and a living wall, it will be a 2019 hit. Marble + Rye (112 Genesee St.), isn't just trendy, but also well-received. The News' Andrew Z. Galarnea…

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The owners of Marble + Rye restaurant are considering opening a daytime eatery in another downtown office building. Michael Dimmer, who runs the Genesee Street restaurant with Christian Willmott, has been pondering a proposal to open a food service operation in 40 Fountain Plaza. It would not be a second location of their upscale casual restaurant, but a “breakfast a…

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We're not here to bash snow days. They're great chances to relax, stay safe from the elements, spend meaningful time with the whole family and perhaps day-drink, as we saw many Buffalonians share on social media. But relaxation can turn quickly into restlessness, a strong desire to do something other than dally from the living room to the dining room to the bathroom. Fo…

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If you’re hungry before hitting Shea’s Buffalo Theatre for “Hamilton,” don’t waste your shot. Here are some places I would suggest you consider for reasons practical and sentimental. Inform your server of your curtain time so they can make sure your experience fits into your allotted time, so you can save your evening’s drama for the stage. Looking to raise a glass t…

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The new crop of Buffalo restaurants - dubbed #NewBuffalo by News food editor Andrew Galarneau two years ago - rarely has time for maintaining websites. The list of internet-presence priorities has shifted considerably over the past five years: regularly updated, colorful Facebook and Instagram pages are a must, while affiliations with reservation apps such as OpenTable …

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Brunch doesn't take a break after Easter Sunday. Three trendy local businesses - small-batch patisserie Butter Block, West Side coffee-house newcomer Remedy House and downtown restaurant Marble + Rye - will contribute to a 12-week Sunday brunch series at the latter's home, 112 Genesee St. The first edition is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8. No reservations will be…

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This is a season of exuberance in the Buffalo restaurant world. Like the Gold Rush brought eager crowds with dollar signs in their eyes to stake out California claims, restaurateurs have been risking their stakes on real estate, bringing life and light to spaces long dark. A constellation of new restaurants have dawned in downtown blocks that once seemed destined to meet t…

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The seasonal produce of Western New York is our reward for surviving winter. I eat my first lush tomato still warm from the sun, and somewhere the last pile of dirty parking lot snow melts away. Mowing down a cob of festival corn, the flavor makes it easy to remember it was grown in Eden. When I stand over the sink with my second Niagara County peach of the day, Western Ne…

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This remarkable year of Buffalo restaurant openings continued last week with the maiden voyage of Marble + Rye, another newly-minted downtown place with an abundance of exposed brick and culinary ambition. It’s from Michael Dimmer and Christian Willmott, the owners of Black Market Food Truck. I arrived at the 75-seat room at 112 Genesee St. on the second day of service.…

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Marble + Rye, the much anticipated downtown restaurant from the founders of Black Market Food Truck, has started taking reservations. Tables are available at the 112 Genesee St. space starting July 22, via marbleandrye.net. The starting menu takes advantage of two pieces of cooking equipment that are unusual for Buffalo. Partners Christian Willmott and Michael Dimmer hav…

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The Black Market Food Truck and Mexican chef Victor Parra Gonzalez, who runs Youngstown's Jaguar at the Bistro, will team up for a one-night menu next Monday. The menu includes lengua tacos, pork pibil tortas, braised octopus with romesco sauce and fava beans, and atole, a corn drink. Dessert will include doughnuts filled with ancho chile ganache. The one-night menu will…

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Chefs from some of the most ambitious new restaurants in town – and two that aren’t even open yet – will offer bites to remember at a Nov. 12 fundraiser benefiting a local farm. For the fourth year, “A Big Fuss” will give Buffalo chefs a way to support a Western New York family that makes growing food their job. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Prudom Farm, run …

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The first Buffalo restaurant born of a food truck will be Marble + Rye, opening on Genesee Street in early 2015. Michael Dimmer and Christian Willmott, proprietors of one of Buffalo’s most highly praised food trucks, will offer sandwiches, snacks and grown-up entrees at 112 Genesee St., around the corner from the new Catholic Health building. “It’s been a hard couple yea…