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Destiny's restaurant has faced more than its share of adversity this month. First, the restaurant voluntarily closed for 48 hours after a cook there was diagnosed with hepatitis A. Then, on Saturday morning, just two days after a news conference to announce the Fillmore Avenue restaurant was open again, an SUV lost control on black ice and crashed into the front of t…

Buffalo

The new owner of a longtime South Buffalo bowling alley, restaurant and sports bar is seeking city permission to reopen the business as an indoor amusement facility. Alfred Castricone is applying for a special-use permit from the Common Council to operate Five Star Lanes at the former Recckio's Bowling Center, located at 2422 South Park Ave. The business would include l…

Buffalo

The developer behind the renovation of the historic former Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. Administration Building on Elmwood Avenue is seeking an operator for the planned new 100-seat restaurant in the building's domed second-floor auditorium. Dr. Gregory Daniel's Kanaka Partners is calling for an experienced restaurateur to run the new eatery that will be open to the publi…

Buffalo

The historic former location of Scharf's Schiller Park Restaurant is about to get a whole new Vue. A mother-father-daughter trio is reopening the Lovejoy-area eatery at 34 S. Crossman St. as the Park Vue Restaurant, offering three meals a day except Mondays and Tuesdays – when it will be reserved for special events. The family is targeting a professional clientele, a…

Buffalo

A longtime Western New York restaurant owner and operator is opening a restaurant and outdoor patio on Elmwood Avenue with his wife. Jon and Jacqueline DiBernardo are planning to start a restaurant at 802 Elmwood, which they are tentatively calling Iron Tail Tavern. The new restaurant - formerly a White Rabbit frozen yogurt store and previously the Dolci bakery and Deli…

Business

Steak Stone & Sushi, an Asian restaurant in Lockport, has expanded with a second location in Niagara Falls. Steak Stone & Sushi has opened its new restaurant at 1340 Military Road, offering its wide array of Asian menu items with a steak-stone grill that heats to more than 800 degrees. The restaurant's original location is at 5772 S. Transit Road. Owner and o…

Buffalo

The West Chippewa Street building that houses the Tap House Pub & Grille has been acquired by a Sarasota, Fla., investor. MKK Buffalo LLC, owned by Jarod Miller, Sean Kibrick and Jennifer Keppard, sold the property at 85 West Chippewa to Jonathan Steinberg's Marathon Properties LLC for $1.16 million. Constructed in 1910 on 0.07 acres, the three-story mixed-use bu…

Buffalo

Pano Georgiadis has spent 41 years making a lot of tasty spanakopita for his customers on Elmwood Avenue. Last Friday, the sale of his restaurant made a lot of money instead. Georgiadis, who is now retired, completed the previously announced sale of his Pano's Restaurant at 1081 Elmwood to Mark Chason's Chason Affinity Cos., through Gateway Mar LLC. The sale price: $…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Common Council will review a proposed new restaurant in Allentown, after the city Planning Board Monday night gave its backing to the establishment called A Street Meatball Market. Dennis Glenn and Robert Burns, of A Street Industries in Tonawanda, want to open the 14-person sit-down restaurant and tavern, offering beer and wine sales, at 23 Allen St., conve…

Buffalo

The building that formerly housed Fortunato's Restaurant is about to be reborn – as Riverside Place. Tina DeJesus is seeking Buffalo Common Council approval to re-establish a restaurant at 1083 Tonawanda St., directly across from Riverside Park. The 5,946-square-foot, two-story building has a fully equipped restaurant and bar that seats 90 on the ground floor and a s…

Amherst

One of Buffalo's most popular pizza places may add a brewery to its operation. The owners of Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill bought a former Doodle Bugs daycare center at 7790 Transit Road, next door to one of the two existing locations for the restaurant. Acting through Santora's Phase II LLC, they paid $700,000 to Albert Bluemle's One Fusion LLC, which has owned it si…

Food and Drink

Buffalo food bloggers Donnie Burtless and Alli Suriani are mothballing the BuffaloEats.org website, which the couple founded in 2009 and built into Buffalo’s leading independent food resource. With help from a crew of contributors, the husband-and-wife team published 1,700 blog posts, mostly about restaurants and food in Western New York. In addition, Burtless and local r…

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A new Chinese and pan-Asian restaurant named Crystal Asian Cuisine has opened in the former Uncle John’s No. 1 space, 267 Grover Cleveland Highway. Owner Jack Lin, who also owns Chopsticks on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, opened up the adjoining space, formerly a laundromat, for a new dining room. The menu has been expanded as well. It includes a combination…

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For years, I’ve searched for Western New York’s best barbecue. My hunt has taken me from Lockport to Angola. Some of the local barbecue is outstanding, but some is not, and I’ve swallowed my disappointment many times. The search continues. When I learned of a stand serving its own smoked brisket and pork at the Hamburg Farmers Market, I had to check it out. On Saturday, I…

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The Black Market Food Truck and Mexican chef Victor Parra Gonzalez, who runs Youngstown's Jaguar at the Bistro, will team up for a one-night menu next Monday. The menu includes lengua tacos, pork pibil tortas, braised octopus with romesco sauce and fava beans, and atole, a corn drink. Dessert will include doughnuts filled with ancho chile ganache. The one-night menu will…