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Toutant, named for Chef James Roberts’ great-grandfather’s South Louisiana fishing and trapping camp, was his family’s sustenance and livelihood at the turn of the century. Now, at the turn of Buffalo’s culinary renaissance, Roberts is opening Toutant to bring the low country soul food that he craves to the city that will soon learn to do the same. Emphasizing fresh ingre…

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Toutant, a new restaurant aiming to deliver “modern, fresh cuisine influenced by the American South,” aims to open by May 15. Buffalo has seen a lot of interesting restaurants open in recent years, but Toutant (437 Ellicott St.) has the restaurant community all atwitter. It’s like the Rolling Stones coming to town, except Toutant aims to stay. Chef-owner James Roberts ca…

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James Roberts named his new restaurant Toutant, after his family’s hunting camp in the marshlands southeast of New Orleans, a two-hour trip into bayou country by car and boat. But don’t expect a “Cajun” restaurant when the three-story restaurant opens at 437 Ellicott St. The menu will be “accurate renditions of the cuisine of the American South,” Roberts said, upscale com…

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Bar Bill, the wings and beef-on-weck specialist on Main Street in East Aurora, might be the toughest table in town. It’s so full so often that its website warns first-timers to arrive in midafternoon or prepare to wait. Its owners opened 189 Public House next door in July, transforming the building into an intimate two-story music venue that serves lunch and dinner.…

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In an epic year of Buffalo restaurant openings, the announcement that James Roberts is opening a restaurant is the cherry on the sundae. Toutant will be on Ellicott Street, next to SeaBar, in the former Golden Swan building, 437 Ellicott St. Roberts will be chef-owner, with Rocco Termini of Signature Development as his landlord. With construction under way, expect it in e…