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Williamsville will soon be cheesier. The family owners of The Cheesy Chick food truck have announced they will take over the former Apple Wood Cafe, at 5385 Main St., to open the Cheesy Chick Cafe. Simone Fancher, her son Jonathan Rowan and daughter Stephanie Rowan unveiled more details after teasing the news on the truck's Facebook page Wednesday. The trio of owners…

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They will still have to cross the border for it, but Swiss Chalet lovers in Buffalo and the Southtowns will soon have a closer option than the one in Niagara Falls, Ont. Terry St. Amand, the longtime owner and operator of a Swiss Chalet in Welland, Ont., will open one in Fort Erie next year. Located at 575 Garrison Road on Highway 3, it will be off the first exit after …

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After roughly 18 years away, Michael Gibney is coming home to open his first restaurant in Buffalo. Working with his parents – Michael Sr. and Mary Ann – Gibney plans to start a pasta-focused Italian restaurant at 534 Elmwood Ave., the former Joe's Deli and Off the Wall. The Buffalo Planning Board approved the restaurant on Monday; a timeline for its opening should foll…

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When Melvin Quintanilla first tried The Halal Guys in 2003, the Queens native was hooked quickly on the Manhattan outdoor stand that originally appealed to New York City's taxi drivers, many of whom hailed from the Middle East. Fast forward 15 years, and Quintanilla - now a district operator for NYVA Restaurant Group - is about to help plant the first Halal Guys in the …

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For workers and residents by Canalside and KeyBank Center, the Harborcenter Tim Hortons has been the primary option for baked goods and coffee. Thanks to Monday's grand opening of Bakery 55, situated in the rear of Labatt House, which also contains Labatt Brew House and the Draft Room, there's now a compelling alternative, replete with fresh bread, giant cookies, a hard…

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Five of Buffalo's talented young food and drink professionals plan to pool their talents in a small restaurant that would be part of Rocco Termini’s Chandler Street redevelopment in Black Rock. The partners signed a lease for 27 Chandler St., an agreement contingent on securing a bank loan, which is not yet approved. Although it’s not a sure thing, the planned restau…

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Latisa "Lisa" Roosevelt could have wrapped up her final years before retirement as a registered nurse at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center without delving into something new. After all, she'd already spent more than two decades in a tough work environment helping others. But when the opportunity to guest bartend came along at the now-closed Humboldt Inn five years ago, a n…

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The Mansard Inn, one of the longest-running restaurant successes in the Southtowns, is changing hands. Steve and Sherri Molisani are selling the Orchard Park restaurant after 46 years. The buyers are Mike and Becky Morgan, another career restaurateur couple with roots in Orchard Park. Saturday will be the last day of the Molisani era. The restaurant, at 3365 Abbott R…

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Storming Crab, a Cajun seafood specialist, is replacing Joe’s Crab Shack in Amherst. The restaurant at 4125 Maple Road will be the fifth location of a restaurant concept started in Clarksville, Tenn. There’s currently one open in Syracuse. Presently, the goal is to open by the end of April, said Jay Weng, a member of the ownership family. The family that started S…

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Hold on, Linguine’s fans. Just as spring finally settles in, the Bowmansville family Italian restaurant is getting ready to bud again. “Late spring, maybe the end of May, or June,” said chef-owner Vincent Desiderio. Construction on the expanded building and parking lot at 5354 Genesee St., Bowmansville, is nearly finished. “There’s a lot of people waiting, and they’v…

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The fast-casual restaurant trend is much bigger than Buffalo, as employees across the United States value convenience, speed and portability during shorter-than-ever lunch breaks. Businesses scurry to accommodate these hungry-but-rushed workers, and the models that have proven popular lend themselves well to franchising. Souvlaki Fast and Rachel's Mediterranean have …

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Sam and Jennifer Marabella met in 2001, got married, had a son, and got divorced. Now, 13 years later, they’re getting back together again – but it’s not all about love. Sam Marabella was looking for a new chef for Yoshi, his East Aurora restaurant. Jennifer was looking for a new gig after leaving Snyder’s Siena, where she was executive chef for eight years. Their…

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Duff’s is probably coming to Buffalo – and returning pizza to a revered spot. Duff’s Famous Wings' owners have a letter of intent to lease the former JJ's Casa-Di-Pizza location at 477 Elmwood Ave., owned by Sinatra Realty. The deal won’t be done until final lease details are negotiated, said Greg Duell, a Duff’s partner who runs the Eastern Hills Mall location. “…

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On March 24, Mambrino King owners Anita and Drew Pfeiffer will lead a procession down Main Street in East Aurora, from their old location, at the intersection of Pine Street, to their new digs at 640 Main, the former EA Wireless. The Pfeiffers hope to have their business back in action, following the move, in the middle of April. Open since 2016, Mambrino King has grown…

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Call them alternatives to coffee shops: Bubble tea businesses have popped up all over the Buffalo area, from Taichi Bubble Tea to Tea Leaf Cafe and Buffalo Bubble Tea, to name a few. As options become more plentiful, the competition encourages better quality. Lucky Koi Bubble Tea, at 3216 Main St. in University Heights, held a soft opening in mid-February before its off…