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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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Buffalo bar flies hold these truths to be self-evident: Molson and Labatt might as well be domestic brews; Allen Street Hardware is a dining destination, jazz club or hip-hop joint depending on the time and day; and Allen Street Bar and Grill, better known as “The Old Pink” or simply, “The Pink,” is the late-night destination for steak sandwiches, cheap beer and loganberry…

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A Hertel Avenue tavern and restaurant is working on a deal to take over the Root Five site in Hamburg. Frank and Sara Testa, owners of The Public House of Buffalo, 1206 Hertel Ave., are aiming to open the Hamburg restaurant by April 1. “We’re looking at taking over in the very near future, and opening as soon as permits and legalese will allow us to,” Frank Testa said. Lo…

Frank Testa and his wife, Sara, are working away on The Public House of Buffalo, at 1206 Hertel Ave., which was formerly Canvas @ 1206 . The plan is to open by mid-July, Frank Testa said. Testa has most recently been a bartender at Fat Bob’s, and Sara works in the front of the house at Kuni’s, he said. “We are giving the place quite a facelift,” he said. (That's Canvas @…