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EXPO food hall plans to open next week in Main Street’s Market Arcade building, aiming to disrupt the lunch routines of downtown Buffalonians. When it begins its soft-opening phase at 11 a.m. Feb. 18, six restaurants will be offering meals that aim higher than standard  quick-serve fare. Built into the Theater District space at 617 Main St. last occupied by Perfetto, it’l…

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Toutant, a new restaurant aiming to deliver “modern, fresh cuisine influenced by the American South,” aims to open by May 15. Buffalo has seen a lot of interesting restaurants open in recent years, but Toutant (437 Ellicott St.) has the restaurant community all atwitter. It’s like the Rolling Stones coming to town, except Toutant aims to stay. Chef-owner James Roberts ca…

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The former Root Five in Hamburg reopens on April 1. No, that's not a joke. In fact, after a winter that slowed most restaurant projects, Frank and Sara Testa’s Public House on the Lake (4914 Lake Shore Road) is opening as originally planned. “We will also be open for dinner on Thursday,” Testa said. “We will be opening up for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday and will…

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The buzz in Buffalo on Friday night will focus on a usually quiet corner of downtown, the corner of Franklin Street and West Tupper, where Buffalo Proper will officially open to the public at 3 p.m. today. While a friends-and-family party allowed the restaurant's head chef Edward Forster and mixologist Jon Karel to flex their muscles on Thursday, dinner reservations have …