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That was fast. Just a few days after Village Beer Merchant announced it would leave North Buffalo to consolidate its efforts on Elmwood Avenue, restaurateur Mike Shatzel revealed that he and Peter Braun will take over 1535 Hertel Ave. to open a second location of Moor Pat. Shatzel hopes to have the craft-beer bar, equipped with 24 taps, open by February. He expects the …

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Less than a month after Thin Man Brewery opened its second location, on Chandler Street, co-owner Mike Shatzel has announced a Thin Man Williamsville taproom will replace the banquet room in the rear of Brennan's Bowery, at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence. Shatzel also owns Brennan's, in tandem with his brother, David Jr., and his father, David Sr.; the bar-restaurant will …

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Have you been to Chandlerville yet? You will be, if Rocco Termini has his way. The developer who led Ellicott Street’s restaurant resurgence with Tappo and the buildings that became Toutant and Seabar has been working on laying the groundwork for a new Buffalo drinking and dining destination district. In Black Rock, two blocks north of Amherst Street, Chandler Str…

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America is now paying attention to Buffalo as a standout for craft beer. Shelton Brothers' The Festival, one of the premier beer events in America, has picked Buffalo as its destination for 2019. The event will be held Oct. 4 and 5 at a location to be determined. "In my opinion, this will be the biggest beer news for Buffalo to date," said Buffalo bar and brewery own…

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It can be easy to forget that, less than a decade ago, the Buffalo expanse that would become Canalside consisted of an excavated canal and cobblestone. No free Thursday night concerts with the likes of the Tragically Hip, Public Enemy or Father John Misty. No yoga, Zumba and waterbikes. No extended boardwalk or public art, and more importantly, nowhere to get a relaxing…

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The official closing date for Blue Monk, Buffalo’s beloved beer bar, is April 16. Operator Mike Shatzel, who is “mostly Irish,” despite his German last name, is planning quite a wake. There are keg-tapping nights March 31 and April 1, with more to come, and one more hip-hop Sunday brunch – “An Ode to Phife Dawg” – set for April 3. He knew people liked the place, Shatzel …

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Blue Monk, the Elmwood Avenue restaurant that helped put Buffalo on the national craft beer map, is closing.The only question left is when, said Mike Shatzel, an owner. The restaurant, at 727 Elmwood Ave., could close April 1, or it may have until May 1. He hopes to hold events for a few special kegs he’s been saving, but “it’s in the lawyers’ hands right now,” Shatzel sai…

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Blue Monk Buffalo has made a befitting connection with De Struise Brewery in Belgium. A collaboration between Mike Shatzel, owner of Blue Monk, and Urbain Coutteau, head brewer, founder, and co-owner at De Struise Brewery in Belgium, was inevitable given their shared interest in Belgian beer. At a festival sponsored by Shelton Brothers importers last October in Florida, S…

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Mike Shatzel has hired two top Buffalo talents to oversee the food and beer offerings at Thin Man Brewery, his upcoming Elmwood brewery-restaurant. Bruce Wieszala, whose Buffalo fine dining resume includes Tabree and Bourbon & Butter, will be Thin Man’s chef. Rudy Watkins, founding member and former head brewer at Community Beer Works, will be its brewer. Constructio…

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The bar: Allen Burger Venture (ABV) The breakdown: Of all the bars to pop up across Buffalo over the past 12 months, there might not be one more indicative of the city’s trending vibe than Allen Burger Venture (ABV). From the outside, the alcohol-by-volume-inspired Allen Street addition to owner Mike Shatzel’s impressive dossier of craft beer bastions appears as a nondes…

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Beer specialist and restaurateur Mike Shatzel has reached a deal to buy Colter Bay Grill, a longstanding fixture at Delaware Avenue and Allen Street.He’ll take over the lease on Feb. 1 and close the place for renovations, planning to reopen in April, Shatzel said. The restaurant, 561 Delaware Ave., was opened in 1988 by the Brinkworth family.Plans include opening up the ma…

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Beer specialist and restaurateur Mike Shatzel has reached a deal to buy Colter Bay Grill, a longstanding fixture at Delaware Avenue and Allen Street. He’ll take over the lease on Feb. 1 and close the place for renovations, planning to reopen in April, Shatzel said. The restaurant, 561 Delaware Ave., was opened in 1988 by the Brinkworth family. Plans include opening up th…

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Barrier Brewing Tap Takeover 5 p.m. Dec. 20 Allen Burger Venture 175 Allen St., Buffalo (786-0386) Sunday night, Buffalo will get to sample beers from a brewery located on the other side of the state. Allen Burger Venture (ABV) will be hosting Long Island-based Barrier Brewing Company for a tap takeover. This event will serve as a pre-party for Buffalo based metalcore ban…

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In the Western New York restaurant Class of 2015 yearbook, Allen Burger Venture already has won “Most Likely to Have a Heavy Metal Video Break Out Right on the Bar.” A white-tiled wall framed with kinks of metal pipe is festooned with enough edged and tined implements for a horror movie barnyard, including enough meat cleavers to make Jason Voorhees’ fingers twitch. ¶ Mi…

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Mike Shatzel and Rocco Termini are bringing a brewery and restaurant to Elmwood Avenue. Termini has bought the buildings that housed Faherty’s and Toro, said Shatzel. They will be developing a brewery in the Faherty’s space, 490 Elmwood Ave., and an associated restaurant where Toro was, next door at 492 Elmwood. The deal means Termini, one of Buffalo’s leading developers…