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Griffon Gastropub will make East Aurora its third location, offering 70 draft beers and a diverse menu of ambitious tavern food in the former Medici House space. After renovations the restaurant will extend the Griffon brand from Niagara Falls and Clarence to 634 Main St., East Aurora. It’s expected to open in mid-July if all goes well, said owner Ken Scibetta. The Clare…

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East Aurora restaurant Medici House closed after dinner Saturday, ending a 13-year run for a restaurant that started as Tantalus. Owners John Rooney and Laurie Kutas will focus on The Yelling Goat, their Lancaster restaurant, 205 Central Ave. Some of the Ethiopian flavors from Thea’s, their Medici House side room, will continue on the Yelling Goat menu, Rooney said. "We'r…

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The block-letter illuminated sign in front of the Yelling Goat speaks in Neighborhood Restaurantese. MON – KIDS EAT FREE. TUES – 2 FOR 1 WINGS. Wednesday brings endless pasta. Guess if there’s a Friday fish fry. (Yup.) But if you take a gander at the place, you’ll also notice the restaurant’s logo, a bawling long-eared kid. That’s your warning that when it comes to neighbo…

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When John Rooney and Laurie Kutas opened a restaurant in East Aurora 13 years ago, they decided not to sell chicken wings.“We refused to get involved with wings, out of respect to the other restaurants in town,” said Rooney. With Kutas, he opened Tantalus, which became Medici House in 2013, and Theas, an Ethiopian place and sister restaurant next door. After …

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The Fireside Inn, 205 Central Ave., Lancaster, has closed. It is being turned into The Yelling Goat, offering an eclectic menu of American and internationally flavored favorites from John Rooney and Laurie Kutas, owners of Medici House and Theas in East Aurora. The menu will include American steak and seafood favorites, but also pastas, mammoth hamburgers with house-made …

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The Buffalo-style chicken wing wasn’t the first wing style, even in Buffalo. Having celebrated its official 50th anniversary this year, the Buffalo wing has conquered the world. But when it comes to the imagination of cooks seeking to take the wing in different directions, Frank’s hot sauce and butter are just the beginning. • Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St., Buf…

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After eating at Theas, the new Ethiopian restaurant in East Aurora I reviewed in Thursday's Buffalo News, there are two dishes I thought were worth the drive by themselves. That is not to say that they were the only examples of good cooking I found there - the doro and alitcha wots, chicken and mild beef stews, were particularly satisfying as well - but these are my top tw…

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For the better part of two decades, Tantalus and Medici House offered East Aurorans an eclectic mix of dishes from familiar cuisines, a chance to step away from the ordinary. The new restaurant from Laurie Kutas and John Rooney isn’t a step away, it’s an international flight. Theas introduces the mysteries and satisfactions of Ethiopian cuisine to the Southtowns. What the…