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The building Marinaro’s Larkin Tavern occupies is more than 120 years old. Once a grocery store and more recently Sharkey’s bar, Marinaro’s was opened four years ago by brothers Chris and Jerry Marinaro.One can’t help but love the retro gin mill vibe against the backdrop of the developing Larkinville area.With nods to two of Buffalo’s entrenched nationalities, Irish and It…

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Eddie Brady’s was serving burgers in downtown Buffalo before serving burgers in downtown Buffalo was cool. Eddie Brady opened the place in 1990, and kept the lights on and the beer cold while buildings down the block crumbled. Now, following about $200,000 in renovations and a kitchen expansion, the tavern at 97 Genesee St. is offering an expanded menu for lunch and dinne…

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Restaurateur Mark Hutchinson is buying Papa Jake’s. The deal should close this week, Hutchinson said. The yet-to-be-renamed restaurant at 1672 Elmwood Ave. will be freshened up but still feel like an old-time tavern, Hutchinson said, a place you'd go to watch a game. Fish fries, wings, burgers and other made-fresh dishes will be on the menu, along with a chalkboard listin…

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Papa Jake’s is closed for now, but The Jake has opened. Scott Leary, owner of Papa Jake's, has started selling alcohol at The Jake, his new place at 3020 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, formerly Malone’s. Papa Jake’s, 1672 Elmwood Ave., is dark. Leary said the doors are closed for renovations at the tavern, with a sale in the works. Since it isn’t final, Leary declined to name …

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The Place is going to stay The Place, its new owner says. “We’re going to make sure to be open by Thanksgiving Eve so we can kick off the holidays with Tom & Jerrys,” Nick Sinatra said. Sinatra, the developer who recently closed a deal for the popular Elmwood Village tavern, doesn’t want to change what already works for generations of fans. Sinatra said The Place, 2…

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Doc Sullivan’s, the South Buffalo tavern known for its “Smitty's style” wings, is getting freshened up under new owners – but the Smitty's wings will stay the same. “The wings are going to stay exactly the same, and we’ll expand the menu a bit and add some wings for people who don’t like Smitty’s,” said Thomas Cowan, who bought the place with a partner. “We’re going to put…

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The tavern that sells one of Buffalo’s favorite burgers can be yours for $395,000. Joe and Mindy Vizzi have run the neighborhood place, at 967 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, for 22 years. They’ve had enough, and are looking to sell it and move to Florida. It’s not clear if they will find a buyer interested in keeping things the way they are. This much is sure: the future of Vizz…

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J.P. Fitzgerald’s, the Hamburg restaurant styled after an Irish pub, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a slate of events that start June 19. A ceremony involving a time capsule, speeches, and dignitaries including the deputy general consul of Ireland begins at 9:45 a.m. That evening, the party will include live music and a drawing to win a trip to Ireland. The res…

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Say goodbye to The Place tomorrow. Owner Kenny Moriarity is closing the bar and restaurant, at 229 Lexington Ave., ending 50 years of administration by his family. He has reached an agreement to sell The Place, he said, but is barred from revealing the buyer. The neighborhood tavern was ready with a cold glass of beer, a turkey dinner or a piping-hot skillet of Buffalo c…

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The Griffon Gastropub made a splash by declaring it would have 100 beers on tap at its Clarence location, 5445 Transit Road. While beer nerds debate whether that is an signal accomplishment or a mockery of all that is sacred, the menu has been jacked up too, with dishes not served at the original Niagara Falls location.  This place wants to be a "gastropub," not just a wa…

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A former Perkins on Transit Road in Amherst will become an English-style pub by March 1. Tavern at Windsor Park, at 8444 Transit Road, will be run by Keith Morgan. He helped open the Buffalo Brew Pub, the area’s first brew pub, in 1986, where he was general manager until last year. It’ll hold 180 seats, a full bar, and kitchen serving an English-centric tavern menu. He’s…