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Eight years after buying the abandoned Statler Towers out of foreclosure, owner Mark Croce is now planning to spend $3 million on a series of exterior repairs and renovations as part of a comprehensive restoration of the building's first two floors. Plans filed with the Buffalo Preservation Board show that Croce's Statler City LLC wants to remove elements of the buildin…

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Slurping soup might be a pet peeve for some, but it will be hard to resist this weekend at Buffalo Soup-Fest, which leads off a strong event list for the Buffalo area this weekend. Outdoor events, such as the four-day Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament and 42 North's rural Brewski, celebrate winter, perhaps (slightly) reversing the irksome reputation it's earned from ha…

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Many Buffalonians have already decided how they'll celebrate the close to 2018 and the dawn of 2019. Perhaps more than ever, the event landscape is filled with everything from the traditional downtown ball drop - it's free and doesn't sell out! - to swanky gatherings in Statler City and the Terrace at Delaware Park. But if you've dawdled or simply want to know what's ha…

Food and Drink

The Lobby Bar inside Statler City may be hidden from the outside, but it's a relaxed place to hang out, especially for happy hour.

Food and Drink

In the 1996 Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn film, “Swingers,” Favreau’s struggling character Mike describes one of the benefits of knowing about a hidden bar is, “It’s like you’re in on some kind of secret.” Downtown workers and wedding guests who have discovered Statler City’s Lobby Bar likely feel the same way. Tucked off Delaware Avenue with no street signage or obvious…

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The 10 does what it wants during the holidays. (Actually, that's not true; since Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on Fridays, when this beloved listicle usually gets posted, we've had to adapt.) While the event slate is lighter the week between Christmas and New Year's -- The Christmas Party 11 at Pearl Street is one that sticks out -- the holiday gatherings ramp up…

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At 1 o’clock on a sunlit Sunday afternoon, Vanessa Williams was sitting by open bay windows of her luxury suite. The sounds of the street below – an intermittent horn, the occasional tire screech – weren’t nearly as frequent as the ones she’d hear in the cities where you might expect her to be.But this wasn’t New York. Or L.A. Not Miami, not Chicago, not even Toronto.This …

On Wednesday, Buffalo Chophouse will raise the curtain on a “top-to-bottom overhaul” aimed at freshening up the city’s veteran steakhouse. Outside, there’s new signs and blacktop. Inside, new carpet, drapes, furniture workstations, and more. The place has gone through a “top-to-bottom” overhaul, said owner Mark Croce. “Since we opened the Chophouse in 2002, it’s been a m…