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Don't be fooled by the trendiness of its pink staircase; downtown bar-arcade-restaurant Misuta Chow's has taken its authentic Japanese food and drink seriously. The newest toy for mixologist Jason Wood and owners Johny Chow and Christi Allen is the first of three Suntory Toki whisky highball tap towers for its bar. These machines reduce bartenders' effort and error in c…

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It's 11:11 p.m. on Feb. 21. Canadian rock band Arkells finished a show in the Town Ballroom, ending an album-spanning set strong with a cover of ABBA’s "Dancing Queen," showering the audience in vibrant confetti. This was the end - for most of the band members - of their first of two nights in Buffalo where the group would play two sold-out concerts and two pop-up acous…

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The first major arena show of 2019 in Buffalo crashes an otherwise quiet event slate that includes the grand-opening party for a Hertel Avenue food hall, an appreciation for David Bowie's catalog and the dawn of a monthlong residency for a well-known Buffalo funk band. Panic! at the Disco, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $36.25 to $6…

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Welcome home, everyone. We’ve missed seeing you around, but we hope you’ve been well wherever you’re living these days. Now that you’re back, we’re sure you have plans. Shopping, a Tom & Jerry or three at The Place, and you probably want to tour some of the places you’ve been reading about since the last time you were home. As you’re likely aware after talking to…

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From an anticipated appearance by a stand-up star to a behind-the-scenes tour at the Museum of Science to the 84th anniversary of an Elmwood Avenue bar staple, a strong list of events should entice Buffalonians from Nov. 5-8. Stay tuned for the 10, the preview for Buffalo's best weekend events, on Thursday morning. David Cross Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 on Nov. 8 in A…

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Restaurant closures such as Lait Cru Brasserie, The Greystone, Bruno, Parker's and Zebb's in the last three months have served as a reminder of how difficult it is to keep an eatery in business. From a rising minimum wage to expensive rent, the challenge of finding quality restaurant workers and typically fierce competition, sustaining a well-run operation is more rare …

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Studies say millennials just don't like going out that much. It could be the pressure to dress up and paint your face in makeup. It could be the expensive drinks and rounds of shots you ultimately forget buying. Or it could be that some bars just suit people better than others. For those who aspire to live out a scene in a Harry Potter movie, sipping on a butterbe…

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Clusters of friends are huddled around computers and flat-screen televisions, bent over the edge of their chairs and cushy couches. They rarely break eye contact, yet maintain animated conversations. Nearby, a solitary gamer is intensely concentrating as he plays "League of Legends." Lime green walls and tall drop-ceilings frame this video-game oasis, where there are as…

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Misuta Chow's, the downtown bar and arcade, opened last month before its food program was under way. The food has started flowing at 521 Main St. Though there's more to come, Dunbar Berdine's menu of dishes inspired by Japanese street cuisine has more than 20 options. An open kitchen runs along the side of the first floor of the two-story space. Customers can grab…

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Growing up in Buffalo, John Mark Bechtel came of age working in his uncle's Hertel Avenue bar, where he began to cultivate an appreciation for Genny Cream Ale and pinball. When his musical career took him around the world as a rock musician, Johny Chow, his nom du rock, was enraptured by the bars he discovered in the hidden byways of Tokyo. Three years ago, the bassi…

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A highly anticipated addition to Buffalo’s downtown bar and restaurant scene comes with a dose of Japanese flair and a cluster of classic arcade games. Misuta Chow’s, the restaurant-arcade on Main Street that held a soft opening earlier this month, is adorned to recreate the look and feel of a yokocho, an alleyway common in large cities in Japan. Across from the Hyat…

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Misuta Chow's, a Japanese-inflected arcade-restaurant, opens downtown July 14. The two-story space at 521 Main St. will offer carefully curated eating, drinking and gaming experiences. It's owned by Christi Allen and Johny Chow, the bassist for alt-metal band Stone Sour. "He’ll transport guests to the alleyways of Tokyo City for an authentic tour of Japan’s food and …