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Just like "Old Town Road," a new Niagara Falls bar-restaurant will have horses in the back, at least in a manner of speaking. With 26 televisions and a shared door with Off-Track Betting, Mister M's House of Food & Drink hopes to make gambling on horses attractive to a broader demographic, namely young people and women, as opposed to starting a "traditional, stereot…

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Public Espresso opens its second store next week, in the Shea's Seneca building in South Buffalo, it'll be a homecoming of sorts. Both company founders, Sam Scarcello and James Rayburg, grew up in South Buffalo. Both business partners' parents still live about a mile from the building at 2178 Seneca St., at the corner of Cazenovia. Reinvigorated by Schneider Developm…

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There's a fierce national trend, especially among millennials, toward limiting alcohol consumption or abstaining altogether. Given the rise of local breweries and ongoing Bills tailgate antics, Buffalo seems to lag behind the rest of the country, but we eventually catch up. At its grand opening Sept. 27, the Speak Easy (1194 E. Lovejoy St.) will represent one of the are…

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For a chain restaurant to survive in a commercial district packed with competitive local businesses, its product had better exceed the standard or the demise will be quick. Just ask Hero Burger, formerly on Elmwood. BurgerIM, a halal burger franchise that held its grand opening Sept. 20 at 1460 Hertel Ave., could stick around. The fast-casual approach suits a young, bus…

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The battle for Asian cuisine supremacy in the Walden Galleria food court has intensified. With Easy Wok and Oyishi Japan already in place, newcomer Sushi-Q opened Sept. 9, next to Arby's, selling a strong assortment of prepackaged sushi and three varieties of Japanese ramen. The Galleria's Sushi-Q marks the chain's entrance into the United States market; eight other loc…

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National Pasta Day will have a little extra meaning in Buffalo this year. Iconic Chef's Restaurant, the Italian restaurant operating in Buffalo since 1923, announced its first expansion project in February, an on-the-go option on Sheridan Drive, in the Williamsville Place plaza, inside the old Damon's and Beauty Quest Skin Care. Early Wednesday morning, owners Mary B…

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The Israeli burger chain Burgerim makes its Buffalo debut next week on Hertel Avenue, offering a diverse array of patty possibilities. At 1460 Hertel Ave., formerly Chennai Express, customers can step up to burgers, fries, wings and sides in beef, poultry, fish and vegetarian versions. Announced in November, its opening has been set for Sept. 17. The restaurant’s nam…

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The DiTondo's name is staying on the building at 370 Seneca St., but lots of other things are set to change at one of Buffalo's oldest restaurants. A great-granddaughter of founder Sebastino DiTondo is returning to Buffalo with her chef husband to take over the operation, started in 1904. The focus on good food will continue, but the menu will turn towards traditiona…

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Word of a new, all-you-can-eat sushi and hibachi restaurant will catch people's attention. Saika Sushi opened Aug. 23 in the Dick-Urban Plaza, officially at 576 Dick Road, Suite 30, Depew. Owner Hong Zheng, inspired to move from New York City to Buffalo after visiting his cousins, plans to draw customers with attractive sushi and hibachi deals. For $13.95 for lunch a…

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There are hard-to-miss openings of Buffalo-area restaurants, bars and cafes, such as Inizio – in the old Joe's Deli/Off the Wall on Elmwood Avenue – and Jazzboline, the Iskalo restaurant affiliated with the Reikart House in Snyder. But small businesses, such as Fig Tree Patisserie in Kenmore, may open to the public but fly under the radar for a time, in part because of …

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Leonel Rosario's family journeyed from Oaxaca, one of the southernmost Mexican states, to pick fruit in the groves of the Niagara Escarpment. The Rosarios opened a small grocery in Medina, and named it after Monte Alban, the Oaxacan city built sometime around 500 B.C. Serving migrant farm workers, the grocery led to a taco trailer, then a nearby restaurant, Mariachi …

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A new Yemeni establishment offering breakfast-through-dinner specialties and Arab groceries has opened in Lackawanna. It’s early days for Alsultan Restaurant and Bakery, 178 Ridge Road, which started serving food Monday. The restaurant hasn't gotten all its systems online yet. When it’s in full bloom, Fahmi Harhara and his partners are aiming for a level of Yemeni cu…

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After two years of reconstruction, Buffalo Wings & Brewhouse is a few months away from opening where a former convenience store once served North Tonawanda. Matt Bille plans to open the business, a community-oriented beverage center and takeout restaurant in September at 653 Oliver St., a building that was formerly the Bestaste Mini Market. Beer, wine, coffee, ko…

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There's no requirement to visit the new Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside before dining at the Low Bridge Cafe. That doesn't stop many families who, after chasing kids around three floors of the new downtown destination, want to gather themselves, eat and relax before trekking home. Low Bridge opened on weekends in April to match the museum's limited hou…

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The new Jazzboline Restaurant & Bar, next to the Reikart House in Snyder, has a curious mantra: It aims for "elegance without pretension," as well as "complex simplicity." A project of Iskalo Development, Jazzboline soft-opened in late June at 5010 Main St., Amherst, the final product of a more than $6 million endeavor just off the Main Street west exit of the I-290…