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Waxlight Bar a Vin is not your average restaurant, in the same way Brian Wilson is not your average songwriter. Meaning I'm not sure it's commercially sustainable in Buffalo, but it's filled with weird beauty. Created by five young culinary professionals with their own followings, Waxlight Bar a Vin is a testbed for ideas about how to feed and water people for money. Th…

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For a chain restaurant to survive in a commercial district packed with competitive local businesses, its product had better exceed the standard or the demise will be quick. Just ask Hero Burger, formerly on Elmwood. BurgerIM, a halal burger franchise that held its grand opening Sept. 20 at 1460 Hertel Ave., could stick around. The fast-casual approach suits a young, bus…

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A new Yemeni establishment offering breakfast-through-dinner specialties and Arab groceries has opened in Lackawanna. It’s early days for Alsultan Restaurant and Bakery, 178 Ridge Road, which started serving food Monday. The restaurant hasn't gotten all its systems online yet. When it’s in full bloom, Fahmi Harhara and his partners are aiming for a level of Yemeni cu…

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When a popular restaurant decides to franchise at an international scale, there are plenty of worries. Will the quality of each market's food match what made the original exceptional? Can the ingredients from the original spot be sourced appropriately across the globe? Will the franchisee's employees care as much about the restaurant? The Halal Guys, which began as a…

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Situated on the first floor of the Cathedral Place building with access from both Main Street and Cathedral Park, newly opened Mon Ami Café & Bakery is bringing refined French flair downtown. Serving an selection of Parisian café classics along with a concise array of sandwiches and small plates, Mon Ami is catering to the city center’s workforce with delicate, flav…

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The long-awaited sister restaurant of The Irishman Pub & Eatery is now open in the heart of East Aurora. This newest rendition by the same name holds much of the Gaelic spirit of its Williamsville counterpart, though its bolstered menu, sleek aesthetic, and contemporary features lend it a character that’s a step outside the traditional tavern. Sporting exposed br…

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Call them alternatives to coffee shops: Bubble tea businesses have popped up all over the Buffalo area, from Taichi Bubble Tea to Tea Leaf Cafe and Buffalo Bubble Tea, to name a few. As options become more plentiful, the competition encourages better quality. Lucky Koi Bubble Tea, at 3216 Main St. in University Heights, held a soft opening in mid-February before its off…

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While Naan-Tastic, a new Indian fast-casual restaurant in Amherst's Boulevard Consumer Square, doesn't open to the public until 11 a.m. Feb. 22, owners Aman and Ajay Singh held a preview party for the media Tuesday. The sneak peek served as a chance to explore the full menu - with the exception of its four beer taps, as the liquor license has yet to arrive - and explore…

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On Valentine's Day, the Indian cuisine fans of the Northtowns got a present: a purveyor of new Indian delights. New to the area, anyway. Diners in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu know all about Chettinad cuisine, powered by a diverse array of spices, and emphasizing specialties not previously available in Western New York. Nellai Banana Leaf, 4303 Transit Road, Claren…

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The restaurant spot at the corner of Hudson Street and West Avenue, a few blocks from the Niagara Street Tops, has a new operation in residence. After a succession of Puerto Rican outfits, 272 Hudson St. is now home to The Difference Kitchen, a cafe with Mexican, Middle Eastern, and vegetarian leanings. Owner Lucille Altieri, who formerly operated Presto on Allen Str…

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The first time Tom Pease publicly described his plans for a fried chicken restaurant in Elma, he hoped to open in April 2018. The year part came true, at least. On Dec. 21, after the completion of an extensive and thorough regulatory process, Rt. 16 Chicken Shack and Brewyard is officially opening at 6272 Seneca St. Owned and operated by Pease and his wife Donna, …

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When Rick Thomas decided to get into the pizza business, he went back to his roots. All the way back to Naples, where his grandfather Felice DiPalma was a master of Neapolitan-style pizza, a “maestro pizzaiolo.” The resulting restaurant, Forno Napoli, opened Oct. 23 in Amherst, at 1280 Sweet Home Road. After training in Naples, and importing a custom-made wood-fired …

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Denizens of the Elmwood Village, meet your newest takeout spot: Street Asian Food opened Oct. 1 in the former digs of Peking Chinese Restaurant. Owned by Burma native Than Oo, a veteran of Sun Restaurant, the Thai-Burmese hybrid offers all the curries and noodles you’ve come to expect from Buffalo’s burgeoning Burmese food scene, with an additional emphasis on “healthy”…

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If the phrase “Chinese buffet” conjures vats of egg rolls and potstickers, prepare to be surprised by Sukishi Buffet, which opened in Amherst Oct. 21. For $20 during dinner, and $11 during lunch, the bright, high-ceilinged restaurant lays out a vast spread of pan-Asian dumplings, soups, sushi, stir-fries and seafoods -- including lobster, crawfish, blue crab, clams and …

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On Oct. 23, Cambodian food was added to Buffalo's collective menu, with the opening of Yey's Cafe in University Heights. At 3225 Main St., formerly Grateful Grind, diners can order at the counter and wait for their food. Cambodian food is similar to Thai cuisine in some ways, but that's all I knew going in. The idea of Cambodian food might seem unusual, but the bowl-…