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A brightly lit replica marquee above the main entrance to the historic and recently renovated Shea’s Seneca building was officially dedicated Monday at 2178 Seneca St. in South Buffalo. Adorned with flashing white lights, the restored iconic marquee resembles one from the 1920s that advertised movies for decades when the building was used as a movie theater. Both were m…

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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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When Cantina 62 opens in Shea's Seneca on April 1, it will be exactly a year since owner Matthew Krupp lost the restaurant's lease at 2723 South Park Ave. in Lackawanna over a conflict with his landlord. The year hasn't been easy, as Krupp hoped to find a new location for his taqueria and open within six months, but construction delays at Shea's Seneca extended the wait…

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Nathan Manna and Billy Lewis have heard the cry: South Buffalo beer fans are tired of driving 20 minutes into the city to enjoy hard-to-find craft beers. The co-owners of Bottle Rocket Beer Reserve, now open in Shea's Seneca (2182 Seneca St.), have begun a business that's roughly 70 percent bar and 30 percent beer store. The duo has crafted a relaxed social setting for …

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With all five commercial spaces leased and construction work proceeding on schedule, executives at Schneider Development are now hoping to get their new Shea's Seneca mixed-use complex opened and filled by September, even as they seek a tenant for the new Liberty Seneca across the street. Jake Schneider's company, which bought the historic former Shea's Seneca Theatre c…

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Schneider Development is lining up tenants for the remake of the Shea's Seneca Theatre in South Buffalo – bringing a coffeehouse, bar, florist and taco restaurant to the historic building that will soon house 23 apartments. Public Expresso Coffee, run by Sam Scarcello, and Bottle Rocket, led by Billy Lewis and Nate Manna, will occupy two of the four remaining retail spa…