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Fifteen years after closing a small Rochester office, Buffalo's biggest law firm is going back to the state's third-largest city. Hodgson Russ has hired real estate and finance attorney Peter C. Lutz as a new partner. His clients include lenders, developers, regional health systems, health insurance companies and individuals. Lutz joined Hodgson from Syracuse-based B…

City of Tonawanda

There were drugs in the glove compartment and on the floor, two rum and Cokes were in the center console, and the car was stolen, according to City of Tonawanda police, who reported the arrest of a male and female from Rochester on several charges early Tuesday morning. Phillip R. Holley, 35, and his passenger, Belkins N. Torres, 34, were both arrested at 2:35 a.m. Tues…

Buffalo

The Monarch 716 student-housing complex that was seized by the lender in a foreclosure last year will be going on the block next month to satisfy the $44 million debt that remains on the property. The 592-bed complex at 100 Forest Ave. will be publicly auctioned in the foreclosure alcove of Erie County Hall in downtown Buffalo at 10 a.m. on April 8, according to an orde…

Food and Drink

The owners of the New York Beer Project love craft beer so much they decided to open their second destination brewery on Valentine’s Day. To be sure, the first sprawling brewery, opened in 2015 in the Town of Lockport, will remain the mothership, but the new digs 80 miles east, in the Rochester suburb of Victor, will have a similar historic feel. “We’ve seen a huge u…

Business

The owner of the troubled Monarch 716 student-housing complex is finding himself on the outs after two Buffalo-based developers kicked him out of the partnership that developed a student dorm across the Genesee River from the University of Rochester campus. John Yurtchuk of Matrix Development Corp. confirmed that he and David Huck of Regent Development Co. "removed" Tho…

Crime

A gunman who allegedly shot three people in Rochester, killing one, was fatally shot Wednesday following a city-wide search and a high-speed chase. Rochester Democrat & Chronicle photographer Max Schulte captured video (below) of officers and suspect Terrell Blake exchanging gunfire. Schulte is a Buffalo native who grew up in the Elmwood Village. "I’ve been in…

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A first since Prohibition: a Buffalo-area brewery will expand to a neighboring city. Flourishing since its 2015 opening on South Transit Road in Lockport, New York Beer Project has made the most of its $3+ million built-from-scratch facility, brewing a wide range of beers, hosting regular events, running a full-service restaurant and becoming a destination for a still-c…

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The last of four Buffalo and Rochester defendants charged in an elaborate scheme to defraud lenders and investors out of millions of dollars in commercial real estate loans pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to bank and wire fraud. Kevin Morgan, a vice president at Rochester-based Morgan Management and Morgan Communities, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenne…

Food and Drink

When The New Yorker's Elizabeth Barber highlighted the Garbage Plate in her preview of Brooklyn's Buffalo City Fair without mentioning Rochester, Twitter was set ablaze with responses that rivaled the Frank's RedHot-ranch dressing fiasco of March. The Buffalo News' Stephen T. Watson and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's Sean Lahman were quick to address the blunder…

Buffalo

Economic development officials in Buffalo imagined a sprawling campus for Amazon that would have extended from the city's tallest building to the Buffalo River as part of a pitch to lure the company's second headquarters to the region. And they dangled more than $500 million in tax breaks, in addition to still undisclosed state incentives, in their bid for the project. …

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Rochester's Joywave has taken its danceable-but-eclectic alt-pop-indie hybrid from Western New York clubs to major stages – Indio, California's Coachella Festival and Chicago's Lollapalooza, for example – in less than a decade as an entity. Along the way, the band - singer Daniel Armbruster, guitarist Joseph Morinelli, drummer Paul Brenner, bassist Jeremiah Crespo, and key…

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A triple assault of Rochester retro rock acts will invade Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) at 8 p.m. April 30. The Rochester R&R/R&B Revue will be headlined by the Fox Sisters, a seven-man 1960s-influenced R&B collective that will conjure up memories of Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddly, as well as modern rockers King Kahn & the Shrines/BBQ Show. The gro…

Food and Drink

Rochester is getting another one of Buffalo's most famous restaurants. Duff's Famous Wings, which is always in the conversation about the best chicken wings in Buffalo, is opening a location in suburban Brighton, WHEC TV reported. The restaurant will be in the former Friendly's restaurant at 2425 West Henrietta Road. The chain's website says simply: "Coming 2015: Duff's …

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Born in Rochester, soprano Renee Fleming is a figure of Western New York pride. Like the great opera divas of the past, she is famous for her style as well as her singing. She has had an iris named after her, and a dessert (Daniel Boulud’s Coupe Glacee Diva Renee). And her appearance singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl last winter won her a whole new legion of fa…

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Opera diva and Rochester native Renee Fleming has made her debut as an actress in a play. That must be like slumming to her. Next to singing opera, just plain old acting must be easy. It must also be easy next to singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, which Fleming – pictured in the header – did earlier this year. Fleming just finished a couple of weeks’ run of a …