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The fast-casual restaurant trend is much bigger than Buffalo, as employees across the United States value convenience, speed and portability during shorter-than-ever lunch breaks. Businesses scurry to accommodate these hungry-but-rushed workers, and the models that have proven popular lend themselves well to franchising. Souvlaki Fast and Rachel's Mediterranean have …

Food and Drink

Times are changing at Expo Market, the bustling food hall and gathering place across from Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Since the hall changed ownership earlier this year, restaurateurs JJ Alfieri, Paul Tsouflidis and Kevin Lin have signed on a wave of new coffee and late-night options, designed to attract a crowd outside the market’s peak lunch hours. Souvlaki Fast, located …

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We are fond of the adage, “when a door closes, another opens.” Though, it was a first to experience it literally and figuratively on a frigid Sunday morning. We planned to meet our Lancaster pals to try the Dutch Mill on Broadway. Alas, friend Mary texted that its doors were shuttered for good and the nearby Olive Tree was packed. We reported a busy Campfire Grill on…

Food and Drink

Significant changes are afoot at Buffalo's downtown food hall, EXPO Market, which changed ownership officially on Feb. 1. Restaurateurs JJ Alfieri, Paul Tsouflidis and Kevin Lin, who all operate stands in EXPO, have taken over the lease to manage the space inside Sinatra & Co. Real Estate's Market Arcade at 617 Main St. With more control under the new structure, the …

Food and Drink

Looking for authentic Greek food like perfectly seasoned chicken that melts in your mouth? Marwan Yacoub is the guy to see. He has owned The Village Grille in Williamsville for 23 years and lives by the motto, “We are fresh food, not fast food.” But plenty of busy people turn to Yacoub for weekday lunches and dinners by calling ahead for takeout orders. While chicken so…

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In 1986 I worked as a busboy at the Spartan Restaurant, a Greek diner in Dover, N.H. There was a certain feel about the place — from the baklava and spanakopita to the abundance of feta cheese in everything from the omelets to the soups. It didn’t try to be anything other than a great Greek diner. The Odyssey Restaurant in Blasdell has a very similar feel, and that’s befo…

Erie County

Considering how many Greeks run restaurants in this town, it shouldn’t be so hard to buy compelling Greek food. Open-faced chicken souvlakis and other “Greek” salads built on lettuce – a practice as Greek as chopsticks – don’t count. When I have a hankering for a proper moussaka, a spiced beef and eggplant casserole topped with creamy béchamel, welcoming as a yiayia’s hug,…