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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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One member of the Aroma restaurant family has ceased operations. Trattoria Aroma North French, at 4840 N. French Road in East Amherst, concluded service on May 26. The closing was planned; partner Dave Cosentino said he's already sold to a buyer who expects to open an authentic Mexican restaurant later this summer. "It is time to tighten up, get smaller and focus …

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In early January, Merge owner Sarah Schneider Newton announced she was putting restaurant operations on hold to weigh the future of the business and pause from a frenetic holiday schedule. On Tuesday, Newton decided Merge, at 439 Delaware Ave., would officially stop functioning as a full-scale restaurant and instead focus on a series of special events, beginning with a bu…

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Less than a year after its sister bar-restaurant Eden Ale House closed, Akron Ale House has met the same fate, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page Thursday. Co-owner Nathan Springer, who ran the Akron business at 15 Main St. with Shawn Schweis, was not immediately available for comment. The Facebook post, however, cited "reasons beyond" [the owners'] "control.…

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The space and equipment used for Hali Boyz Mexican is for sale, in anticipation of its March 30 closure. Malak Mazeh and his brother Nour opened the halal taco spot at 388 Amherst St. in May 2017, after extensive upgrades on the building. In a Facebook statement March 12, they announced it was for sale, for $48,000 or best offer, for the lease and contents. Holi Boyz…

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Amherst German standout Black Forest Adler has announced it will close before the end of February. Gerhard and Laura Brown opened their authentic German restaurant at 2447 Niagara Falls Blvd. at the beginning of 2012. Its last day will be Feb. 24, its Facebook page said. “Owning a restaurant is hard work. Long hours, employee turnover, equipment failures, wage hik…

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The final day of business for Papa Jakes Saloon in Springville will be Jan. 26, a call to the restaurant confirmed. Papa Jakes, at 243 W. Main St., is known for its fish fry, beef on weck and standard regional cuisine like burgers and wings. It was previously Pop's Sports Bar and Grill until 2009 and the headquarters of Robinson Knife for a major stretch of the building…

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Downtown restaurant Jaz & Jack's has closed after two and a half years. "We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the years," its Facebook page says. "We wish Rusty Nickel Brewing Company all the best and hope our customers will also support their business." The Jan. 8 announcement was effective immediately, it said. The space at 36 Bro…

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Mia Hwang, owner of MoMo's Mongolian Grill since 2016 and Shogun, its predecessor at 7590 Transit Road, Amherst, for more than 25 years, has closed her restaurant. Shogun was long known for the showmanship, family-friendly nature and variety of its hibachi dinners, before a 2016 concept change involved both a new name and a menu geared more toward Mongolian barbecue - r…

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As clock hands count down to 2018’s closing time, take a moment to give thanks for the people whose literal blood, sweat and tears allows you to eat out. The longer I study restaurants, the less I understand how any succeed. The combination of business smarts, personnel management, regulatory compliance consulting, and emergency plumbing repair it takes to operate a suc…

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They came for one last parmed spaghetti. One last meatball. One last Italian sausage. And of course, with a cup of that sauce on the side. On Friday, DiTondo's Tavern, which opened on Seneca Street in 1904 and has prided itself as one of Buffalo's oldest continuously running restaurants, served its last meals. Dozens, if not hundreds, of their loyal customers crammed it…

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Two restaurants owned by the same family have closed in the last year at 235 Delaware Ave., in the building connected to Starbucks at the corner of Chippewa Street. Bruno Italian Grill announced on social media Thursday night that it would shutter its only Buffalo-area location, which opened in March and served fast-casual Italian food. The takeout-focused eatery was…

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Known for its steak frites and popular brunch service, West Side restaurant Lait Cru Brasserie announced on Facebook that it has closed, with its final day of service Aug. 31. The French-inspired Buffalo eatery had been open in the Horsefeathers Building, at 346 Connecticut St., since 2016. Here's the message posted to the restaurant's Facebook page. Owner Jill G…

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The remaining Niagara Frontier location of Zebb's Deluxe Bar & Grill closed Aug. 27. A sign posted on the door invited customers to visit the company's Syracuse and New Hartford, N.Y. locations. "It has Been Our UP Most Privilege to have Served You for the Past 24 Years!" it said. Zebb's Orchard Park location also closed without warning Aug. 21. Jacksonvill…

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Grateful Grind has closed, leaving University Heights without a classic coffee shop. "We have out grown our Main St location and will be searching for a new cafe space in the Southtowns," its owners announced Aug. 28 on Facebook. The cafe, at 3225 Main St., opened in March 2017. After making the announcement on Facebook, owner Angela Kunz said the space has been l…