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Ownership changes are fraught with peril for restaurants. Even if the transaction is prompted by factors other than slumping cash flow, the transition can disrupt systems and working habits polished over years of trial and error. The risk is especially high for a place with hands-on founders, those who lead the kitchen and dining room staff from the front lines. Whether…

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Elite Fine Dining, formerly The Friar’s Table, expects to open in mid-September after a sweeping renovation and kitchen upgrade. “Everything is new,” from the flatware to the windows, said Elijah Turley, owner of the restaurant at 301 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. “We revamped the whole place.” The look is luxe, a step upscale from the country manor décor of Friar’s Tabl…

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Lewiston might be the East Aurora of Niagara County. It’s a village with historic bones and enough bustling businesses to make a wander down Main Street an interesting stroll instead of a maudlin vacancy census. Restaurants abound, with a barbecue joint, Italian red sauce and fine dining, family diners, Mexican fast food and Chinese takeout. What it didn’t have, until Cent…