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The Phoenix debuted in 2013, a fire-gutted barroom transformed into a modern restaurant with refinished wood floors, banquettes and paintings on the walls. It offered Black Rock another choice between tavern and hipster haven. For a few months this spring, it looked like the lights had gone out for good. Then came the news that its former bartender, Dave Kahris, was tak…

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Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

Food and Drink

Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

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Barrel + Brine, Buffalo's homegrown pickle and fermented foods operation, is preparing to open a new location that includes a café and taproom. The growth in demand for its beet caraway sauerkraut and other products prompted the search for a bigger space, said R.J. Marvin, who owns the company with his wife Lindsey. Barrel + Brine will be fermenting its kombucha in the …

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The Phoenix is closing in Black Rock, but like its mythical namesake, it will rise again. That's owner Mary Logue's current mission, at least. The restaurant, 269 Amherst St., will close after a March 31 farewell party. The event will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., culminating in the sacrificial burning of menus. Logue, who opened the place in 2013, said she's alread…