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For 25 years, Kuni Sato has set the standard for sushi in Buffalo. Now the native of Niigata is selling his restaurant, and is training others to carry on Kuni's, his landmark restaurant at 226 Lexington Ave. “Though not yet final, following the sale, I will stay on to assist the new owners as a mentor and will remain a close continued resource for the restaurant for…

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The food-and-drink landscape on Center Street in Lewiston is about to experience a significant reshuffling in 2020, with three businesses on the move and several new concepts in the works. The August announcement that Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen and co-owner Michael Hibbard would move from 800 Center St., where it's been since opening in 2016, to take over the plaza at 402 …

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Ryan Fernandez was born in Kerala, India, to a mother from Brunei and a Portugese father. He grew up in Plano, Texas. That’s where he fell in love with Texas-style barbecue, especially beef brisket smoked low and slow over post oak fires. He started as an engineering student, before dropping out and becoming a prep cook at Gordon Biersch, and working his way up. F…

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I hereby declare the 2020s the Buffalo Decade in Food. That should hardly be a surprise, coming from me. As Buffalo’s designated eater, I have become an unabashed advocate for the many-faceted gem of deliciousness that is the dining scene in the Queen City of the Great Lakes. How can you tell Buffalo food has gone big time? Just look at who’s biting our style. …

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Buck up, Buffalonians: one of the best wing places ever has taken flight to the Northtowns. Bar-Bill North is now open for lunch at 8326 Main St. in Clarence. If you go, be patient during its shakedown cruise. Owner Clark Crook bought the Clarence property on Nov. 2017, but it took a bit longer than he expected to open. The renovations merged a modern expansion and k…

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Co-owner Joelle Garofalo said it best when describing the new Casey's Black Rock. "It's a party bar with fat kid food," she quipped. That's a departure from the previous iteration of Casey's Tavern, a longtime neighborhood dive at 484 Amherst St., not far from Wegmans, that closed in June 2018. Vincent Garofalo, Joelle's husband and a Casey's bartender for nearly four y…

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The longer I obsess over the way restaurants work, the more I wonder how most of them survive a month. The grind of keeping up with bills and costly regulatory requirements is just the beginning. Then there’s the fickleness of customers, competition down the block, and employees who aren’t ready to work – when they show up at all. There’s birth announcements to celeb…

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Lone Star Fajita Grill, for years a solitary outpost of Tex-Mex flavors in the Buffalo dining landscape, has apparently closed. "After 36 years we are closing in a couple of weeks. Thank you Buffalo" ownership posted on Dec. 2. On Dec. 13, the phone rang without answer at lunchtime. At the Hertel Parker Liquor Store next door, a person confirmed that the liquor st…

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Niagara Falls stuffed-burger heavyweight Rock Burger may have only one location open, but considerable growth is in the works – including its first ventures into Erie County. Owner Jason Lizardo confirmed a licensing agreement for 2810 Union Road in Cheektowaga, near the William Street intersection. Brandon Markant, a Sanborn native, and Derrick Ferraro, Markant's ch…

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Brian Nagy was a construction worker with a sideline in smoked meat catering when he saw a restaurant spot open up and decided to take his shot. He's opened up Yankee BBQ at 3379 Lake Shore Road, which was formerly Route 5 Seafood. "It's just been a passion of mine," Nagy said. "For years I've been doing barbecue, doing people's parties and stuff. The opportunity pop…

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If you ask Jemarr Moody, there's no right or wrong way to eat chicken and waffles. The owner of the new Mumbles Chicken & Waffles prefers space between Southern partners; he'll pour hot sauce on the fried chicken and maple syrup on the waffles, then enjoy them separately. "I'm just trying to keep them away from each other the best I can," Moody said, with a laugh, c…

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If you wondered what Mike Andrzejewski has been up to since his much-loved restaurant Seabar closed, buy a ticket to Nov. 25 at Cantina Loco. At his place at 191 Allen St., Andrezejewski is presenting a one-night-only menu of refined Mexican-inspired cuisine, a special event amid its usual tacos and burritos. Chorizo flautas, filled with housemade sausage, and snappe…

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Though family restaurant Golden Parachute closed its Williamsville storefront in September, its catering department is growing to include a training program for homeless single parents. For 29 years, Tony and Judy Palmisano operated Golden Parachute, a restaurant that was like an extension of their kitchen for a generation of Willamsville residents. Over the decades,…

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The Cajun seafood-in-a-bag concept continues its surge locally as a third spot, Lee’s Seafood Boil, has launched its soft opening in Amherst. The fourth chapter of a small chain has found space at 3300 Sheridan Drive, a plaza corner in front of the Bailey Avenue Walmart. Lee’s also has outlets in Cleveland, Columbus and Charlotte, N.C. The catch at this type of resta…

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The curtain goes up tonight on Waxlight Bar a Vin, one of the most eagerly anticipated Buffalo restaurants in years. The restaurant at 27 Chandler St. is a small place with big ideas. “Unique” is a word that gets abused frequently in the food service space. It means singular, the only place on Earth you can have this dish. Read the Waxlight menu, and I’m not sure …