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A driver whose vehicle overturned when he swerved to avoid a deer on Boston-Springville Road in the Town of Concord faces a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to State Police in Boston. State Police troopers said Jeremy Zabawa, 24, of Trevett Road, Boston, lost control of his vehicle shortly after midnight Saturday, left the highway and rolled over several t…

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One can never have too many meat suppliers for the summer grill. So when we learned about A&C Meat Co. (a name that reminds of us a "Looney Tunes" cartoon), we decided to investigate. Open since 2015, this place is no joke – it’s for the serious meat lover. Located on Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20), A&C is owned by the charming Steve Ceccarelli, who runs t…

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The National Weather Service late Thursday issued a flood warning for portions of Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties, following several rounds of heavy rain throughout the region. Between 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain fell during the storm, according to Kirk Apffel, a National Weather Service meteorologist. "The worst of it is across the southern half of Erie County," Ap…

Water pressure was returning to normal Monday for Erie County Water Authority customers in the Southtowns, according to Sean Dwyer, an authority spokesman. Earlier in the day, workers discovered that icy conditions on Lake Erie appeared to partially restrict water flowing into Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant in Evans. The restricted flow, Dwyer said, is a result…

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How many places can you go in America where you're not breaking the law by drinking alcohol outside in public? Well, not many, but East Aurora is one of the 11 (arguably 12, although the Manhattan mandate is kind of murky), according to digital media company Thrillist's list of places where cracking a beer or popping a bottle of wine in public won't get you arrested. Fro…

Food and Drink

The Marilla Grill, a restaurant that has been a landmark in Marilla for 162 years, is closing its doors. Sunday will be the last day, said its owner of 30 years, Jeff Lewinski.Lewinski declined to disclose specific reasons for closing the restaurant, which he said his family has owned for 70 years. “I’m 52 years old,” he said. “It’s time to do a job that isn’t so stressful…

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The Public House on the LakeWhere: 4914 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg (627-5551; publichouseonthelake.com)Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with $1 off domestic beer and well drinks.Bar hours: 11:30 a.m. to close, Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday.The Scene: A perfect outdoor summer hangout with a relaxed, casual mood. By Christopher SchobertSpecial To The News…

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Daniels is a chef-owned restaurant once more. Executive Chef Scott Donhauser became sole proprietor in May, after buying out his other partners. “Business has been great and people are trusting us (to) do the things that Chef Daniel perfected over 23 years,” Donhauser said via email. The Hamburg restaurant, placed on Western New York’s fine-dining map by founding chef-ow…

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Local doughnut juggernaut Paula's Donuts is heading to the Southtowns, opening its third location in West Seneca's Southgate Plaza. Owner Paula Huber said she just signed a lease on a 4,800 square foot location to hold her expanding 18-year-old business. The new store will be on the Union Road side of Southgate Plaza, in front of Market in the Square, she said. "It's a w…

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As The Buffalo News’ designated diner, I’m just one guy hunting for gems amid Western New York’s hundreds of places to eat. So I badger people for their favorites. In the Southtowns “special occasion” class, Rick’s on Main flies to the lips of a remarkable number of people. I finally went last month, and my faith in the wisdom of crowds was restored. In a two-story brick-a…

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Dustin Murphy will be joining Bryan Mecozzi at Black Iron Bystro in Blasdell after his stint as Tabree executive chef ends April 11. “The immediate plan is to continue what I’m doing, pick (Murphy's) brain on what he wants to get into, and see what works,” said Mecozzi, the chef-owner. Murphy will start at Black Iron Bystro, 3648 South Park Ave., on April 21. Murphy and …

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When Cat and I trooped in with four teenagers on a recent snowy Saturday night, Arriba Tortilla was so busy that we had to wait 30 minutes for a table. That seems about right for the best Mexican restaurant in East Aurora. It is also the only Mexican restaurant in East Aurora, and therein lies its charm. ¶ As diners happily mowed through their combo platters around …

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Romeo & Juliet's Bakery Caffe, the Italian restaurant and bakery group, opened its long-awaited Southtowns location Thursday. It was packed for dinner. The restaurant, at 4572 Clark St., Hamburg, a former Giacobbi's location, is the fourth. There are Romeo & Juliet's on Hertel Avenue, and Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda and Amherst. Here's a 2012 review of the Tonawa…