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French-inspired West Side restaurant Lait Cru Brasserie has expanded its offerings, introducing liquor and custom cocktails, with a patio on the way. The restaurant opened in 2016 in the Horsefeathers building, 346 Connecticut St. It previously offered wine, beer and cider with its menu. With the approval of Lait Cru's liquor license, the restaurant started offering …

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Prescott's Provisions, a City of Tonawanda restaurant offering ambitious features like housemade pasta and live-fire cooking, plans to open June 26. The building at 40 E. Niagara St. is feet from the Erie Canal, and will draw customers by water as well as road, since its front yard offers city-run boat parking. Vincent Thompson, who led kitchens at BOSS, Buffalo Chop…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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After finding an audience for its housemade Americana, This Little Pig is bursting at the seams. The Clarence restaurant is taking over the plaza space next door to its 4401 Transit Road location. The move will allow Mandy Cooke and Jeff Cooke Jr. to add 50 seats, practically doubling the restaurant's interior capacity. A family restroom is also in the offing. The…

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Beef-on-weck star Charlie the Butcher will be opening a restaurant in the city of its birth. The carvery, in the first floor of 770 Elmwood Ave., will occupy a space that was previously Jimmy John's. In the city, Charlie the Butcher sandwiches are available from stands in the Ellicott Square Building and at Coca-Cola Field during Bisons games. Besides sandwiches, the…

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Beer will be flowing again in the Yelling Goat’s bar this week, as owners Laurie Kutas and John Rooney bounce back after a devastating February fire. The restaurant, 206 Central Ave., Lancaster, will officially reopen at 11 a.m. June 6. The day before, patrons will be welcomed for a “sneak preview” with wine and beer tastings, and complimentary pizza. “We are look…

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The former Bowmansville Thai restaurant Water Lily Café is slated to reopen in Cheektowaga. Owner Kim Suphankomut said he is working to get a new space ready at 3800 Union Road, near the Walden Galleria. It will be open "hopefully by August, or at least the beginning of September," he said. This restaurant would be smaller than his former space, with about eight t…

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The building holding the Eden Ale House won't be dark for long. Its owners are bringing a tavern back to life at 8557 N. Main St, Eden. Eden Pub will carry on where the Eden Ale House left off, said Allie O'Brien Phillippi, daughter of owners Pat and Yvette O'Brien. "I just wanted to reassure people that we will be reopening very soon, once we get our liquor licen…

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs is opening its new restaurant next month, introducing the Washington, D.C. specialty "half-smoke" sausage along with its standard lineup. "We're pretty much in the home stretch," said Paul Tripi, who owns the outfit, one of Buffalo's most popular food trucks, with his twin brother Frank. "I don’t have an exact start date, but it looks like early J…

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Western New York's first entirely vegan restaurant has opened on Elmwood Avenue. Root & Bloom Café is currently serving customers in a large gazebo behind 423 Elmwood Ave., a building whose interior is currently occupied by Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate, a chocolate maker. Root & Bloom expects to move inside this fall, as the chocolate maker plans to move…

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Kentucky Greg’s has closed for good. Or for ill, if you're a barbecue fan. The restaurant, at 2186 George Urban Blvd., Depew, had been a reliable dispenser of smoked meats for 21 years. Owners Greg and Pamela Englehardt, who have been hands-on operators since the beginning, entertained offers for the restaurant last year but did not reach a sales agreement. “That …

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The Yelling Goat is close to reopening after a February fire forced extensive renovations of the Lancaster restaurant. Investigators couldn't pinpoint the reason the fire started in an upstairs apartment at 206 Central Ave., said owner Laurie Kutas. "Initially all we had was water and smoke damage, and it didn’t seem so bad," she said. "Then you start digging into th…

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The Mahony, the first-floor restaurant in the Fairmont building, has closed. The restaurant opened in March 2016 at 199 Scott St., serving American fare with international accents. Its 190-seat, 5,300-square-foot space is located in an Ellicott Development building that's home to Pegula Sports and Entertainment, other commercial tenants, and apartments. https:…

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A Dominican restaurant called La Casa de Sabores opened near Buffalo State College in late April. The restaurant, at 1 Letchworth St., is the first place in Buffalo specializing in the flavors of the Dominican Republic. Owner Carlos Cabrera was born in the United States to Dominican parents. He's tried Buffalo's versions of Caribbean dishes, such as the Puerto Rican …

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Downtown dwellers and office workers have a new health-focused option specializing in lunch, breakfast and takeaway meals for the week. Feature Meals has an address of 598 Main St., but its entrance is around the corner on Chippewa Street. Owners Mike Khoury and Justin Tartick are offering simple meals, and more intricate ones, aiming for followers of paleo, keto and…