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Seabar, the Ellicott Street restaurant that helped inspire a generation of risk-taking Buffalo restaurants, will close after service Aug. 17. Chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski, who ran the restaurant at 475 Ellicott St. with his wife Sherri, said he appreciated all the people who rallied to his side after Seabar filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March. "A lot of people came …

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For about a decade now, it has fallen to me to chronicle the notable happenings in Buffalo’s restaurant community. In old-fashioned newspaper terms, I write birth announcements and obituaries. Along the way, I have gotten to know a number of restaurant operators to varying degrees, in person, and by reputation. Run a restaurant in Buffalo for 20 years, and there are a l…

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Downtown dining standout Seabar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but it will be business as usual at the restaurant as it works to pay off its tax bill, an owner said. “There is not going to be any changes in anything,” said chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski. Seabar, 475 Ellicott St., will have “no change in staffing, management, or menus,” he said. That means Seabar’…

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Chef Mike Andrzejewski is heading to Atlanta at Super Bowl time to bring home another big win for Buffalo. Working with Chef Frank Mercado of the M&T Executive Dining Room, the owner of Seabar and Cantina Loco will represent the city at the Taste of the NFL. The annual tasting event and culinary celebration raises money for hunger relief organizations in NFL citi…

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Tack on another major accomplishment to Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski's decorated culinary career. The chef-owner of SeaBar and Cantina Loco competed on The Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay," taking down Washington, D.C.-based rival Anthony Nelson and then conquering Iron Chef Flay in an episode calling "Going Loco." After dispatching of Nelson in the first round, An…

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SeaBar chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski offered "special treats" and drink specials at SeaBar where the television was tuned to the "Beat Bobby Flay" Food Network episode featuring Andrzejewski vs. Flay Thursday night.

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On Feb. 15, viewers can watch SeaBar chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski take on television star and chef Bobby Flay in a cooking battle. The episode of "Beat Bobby Flay" is scheduled to appear on the Food Network at 10 p.m. Andrzejewski is inviting people to come watch at his place, 475 Ellicott St., where "special treats" and drink specials start at 9:30 p.m. The show …

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Chef Adam Goetz is one of a small but growing group of Buffalo restaurateurs whose pursuit of the best ingredients has driven them to build relationships with local farmers. On April 24, at his restaurant called Craving, 1472 Hertel Ave., Goetz is holding a fundraising dinner for Erba Verde Farms. The star will be a veal calf. Unlike factory-farmed veal, the calf was rai…

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Bourbon & Butter, Mike Andrzejewski’s restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, is closing after service Saturday night. “We’ve had some great people working for us, and some great customers,” the veteran Buffalo chef-owner said. “We appreciate everything everyone’s done, but it’s time to move on.” Andrzejewski opened Mike A’s in the refurbished hotel in 2012 as a fine di…

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Bourbon & Butter, Mike Andrzejewski’s restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, is closing after service Saturday night. “We’ve had some great people working for us, and some great customers,” the veteran Buffalo chef-owner said. “We appreciate everything everyone’s done, but it’s time to move on.” Andrzejewski opened Mike A’s in the refurbished hotel in 2012 as a fine di…

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At first, SeaBar’s menu reads like the chef has attention deficit disorder. There’s sushi, both Japanese style and Westernized rolls with bacon and barbecue sauce. Then dishes featuring Asian flavors. Then Mexican (pork enchiladas), Italian (meatballs) and French (duck with lentils). Yet this menu anchors one of Buffalo’s best restaurants. Mike Andrzejewski opened SeaBar …

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Buffalo chefs are raising money for the Food Bank of WNY by participating in the Taste of the NFL the night before the Super Bowl. Mike Andrzejewski of SeaBar and Frank Mercado of the M&T Executive Dining Room will be helping feed about 2,000 guests at the San Francisco soiree, along with chefs from every NFL city, and Canton, Ohio, home to the NFL Hall of Fame. The B…

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Tickets for the eighth season of Buffalo’s live cooking competition, featuring local chefs exploiting local ingredients in an Iron-Chef-style format, went on sale Jan. 1. The lineup of Nickel City Chefs, the “home team” in the contests, now includes Victor Parra Gonzalez, whose Mexican-inflected fine dining has drawn customers to his Youngstown restaurant, Jaguar at the B…

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After a Jeep driver crashed into Allentown restaurant Cantina Loco last week, co-owner Mike Andrzejewski could simply have followed the lead of countless other businesses that have fallen victim to a recent spate of crashes and tacked up some standard plywood. But with the help of a local graffiti artist, Cantina is making the most of the mishap: UPDATE: The piece is b…

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A Jeep crashed into Cantina Loco this afternoon, but the restaurant still plans to open for dinner. "We are opening, a little late, probably by 6," said owner Mike Andrzejewski. "We have a good staff." A building inspection cleared the business to operate, he said. No one was hurt in the building, though customers and employees were shaken up, he said, and a table was s…