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Dark Rose Deli is the latest flavor of culinary creativity to blossom at 27 Chandler St. Funkily creative Waxlight, the city’s buzziest new restaurant, is on the first floor. Behind it is Southern Junction, the newly opened takeout purveyor of Texas barbecue, Indian cuisine, and their cross-pollinated progeny. On the second floor, developer Rocco Termini's culinary i…

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There are appreciable differences between soul and Caribbean cuisines, but not enough where they would seem out of place on the same menu. Both embrace strong flavor with an urge to stick to your bones and conjure fond memories of past family meals. Romone Anderson and Dwight E. Land, owners of Brothers Takeout & Catering, 1281 Hertel Ave., have been close friends f…

Clarence

The owner of an Attica restaurant acclaimed for its menu blending Polish and Italian specialties – and its unusual decorating motif – is moving 23 miles west to Clarence. Morluski's is set to open in early summer in the former Clarence Church of Christ building at 10678 Main St., at Sawmill Road. And, yes, owner Jeannine Morlacci confirmed it is bringing more than ju…

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In Raul Parker's career as a Niagara Falls police officer, a sense of duty is critical. That personal responsibility carries over to his role as owner of the Dirty Bird Chicken N' Waffles Food Truck, which just announced its first brick-and-mortar location at 6004 Buffalo Ave. in Niagara Falls. The soft opening is slated for Feb. 11, with the official opening party Feb.…

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Food and government go hand in hand for Dean Puleo, owner of the Grotto – a new Italian restaurant near City Hall – and also the new Elma Town Justice. For instance, Puleo was neck-and-neck with 40-year incumbent Joseph Sakowski for the town position, but the challenger had a trick up his sleeve. On the Wednesday before the Nov. 5 election, Puleo visited the Elma Senior…

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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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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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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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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 …

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Framed portraits of famous people born in Buffalo lean against the window across from the bar of Buffalo Soul. Rick James, Lucille Ball and the Goo Goo Dolls are perhaps the easiest to identify, and local sports fans will notice NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, St. Bonaventure great Bob Lanier and maybe longtime NBA player Clifford Robinson. These pictures are one indica…

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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…