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As SATO prepares to open its second shop, a noodle-centric outpost in University Heights, its husband-and-wife co-owners Joshua and Satomi Smith are following their homemade ramen program with freshly made soba—Japanese buckwheat noodles. Soba specials have already debuted at the Elmwood location, and the Smiths are aiming to open SATO Ramen, 3268 Main St., by the end of A…

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SatoWhere: 739 Elmwood Ave. (931-9146, satobuffalo.com)Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, then dinner until 10 p.m.; also 5 to 10 p.m. Monday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with $2 off draft beers (9-ounce pours excluded), $2 off glasses or carafes of sake, $2 off well drinks, $1 off glasses of wine, $1 off each…

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The owners of Elmwood Japanese restaurant Sato are opening a ramen and noodle bar in University Heights. The space at 3268 Main St., formerly Kung Food, will offer Sato’s popular housemade ramen in a variety of styles. It also will feature soba, buckwheat noodles served either cold with dipping sauce, or hot in soup. “We just signed the lease, so we’re looking at probably…

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The owners of Elmwood Japanese restaurant Sato are opening a ramen and noodle bar in University Heights. The space at 3268 Main St., formerly Kung Food, will offer Sato’s popular housemade ramen in a variety of styles. It will also feature soba, buckwheat noodles served either cold with dipping sauce, or hot in soup. “We just signed the lease, so we’re looking at probably…

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The 2015 season of Nickel City Chef adds Edward Forster of Buffalo Proper as the fifth member of the "home team." Those chefs will compete against other up-and-coming culinary talents in five live hour-long cooking battles this spring. Forster's cooking helped put Buffalo Proper on my list of best new restaurants of 2014. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They usuall…

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Here’s another reason besides ramen to stop by Sato (739 Elmwood Ave.), the creative Japanese restaurant that opened in January. It’s vegan, but anyone who likes french fries, sweet potato fries or caramel should dig it, too. That includes just about everybody. Right now Satomi Smith has it on her specials menu, and it’s no place else in town. It’s called daigaku imo, “co…