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The former Root Five in Hamburg reopens on April 1. No, that's not a joke. In fact, after a winter that slowed most restaurant projects, Frank and Sara Testa’s Public House on the Lake (4914 Lake Shore Road) is opening as originally planned. “We will also be open for dinner on Thursday,” Testa said. “We will be opening up for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday and will…

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A Hertel Avenue tavern and restaurant is working on a deal to take over the Root Five site in Hamburg. Frank and Sara Testa, owners of The Public House of Buffalo, 1206 Hertel Ave., are aiming to open the Hamburg restaurant by April 1. “We’re looking at taking over in the very near future, and opening as soon as permits and legalese will allow us to,” Frank Testa said. Lo…

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Root Five, the lakeside restaurant in Hamburg, served its last meals on New Year’s Eve. Owner Dave Root is inviting inquiries from qualified operators. “Twenty-two years is a long time,” said Root, who took over the building at 4914 Lakeshore Road in 1992. That place burned down, and Root, who was in the construction business, built a new place with a big deck looking out…