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China and India are the world’s two most populous nations. Each have more people than the next five countries put together, and scores of regional cuisines shaped by the cultures, crops and geography of each region. So it's somewhat less than shocking that their culinary circles have overlapped in distinctive ways. One hybrid, known as Indo-Chinese cuisine, was develope…

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A giant whale on the roof resembling blue waves makes it easy to find the summer favorite Old Man River. Live music booms from the back patio where people line up at the seafood shack to get their fill of raw clams and fried shrimp platters. The vibe is casual, filled with locals in comfortable summer clothes and tacky Hawaiian T-shirts mixed with people in athletic gea…

Amherst

Nick Sinatra, one of the region's newest and fastest-growing developers, is slimming down around the edges of his portfolio as he seeks to refocus his energy on larger projects. The owner of Sinatra & Co. Real Estate has sold off about 10 properties in and around Buffalo in the past two months, including three in Tonawanda, Amherst and Elma. That's a significant num…

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In a nondescript plaza on Niagara Falls Boulevard is a standout deli serving all the staples in a slightly eccentric, time-tested atmosphere. Mayback’s Deli is a one-stop shop for takeout or eat-in pizza and wings, deli meats, hot and cold sandwiches, fish fries (available seven days a week), soups, salads, tacos, fried appetizers and more. Everything is delicious, rea…

Business

A Brooklyn investment group led by a personal injury litigator and real estate attorney has acquired a light-industrial warehouse in the Town of Tonawanda for $1.825 million. JEMF Buffalo Industrial LLC, which includes attorney Morris Fateha as one of its members, purchased the 115,328-square-foot facility at 1110 Military Road this week from the court-appointed bankrup…

Business

Linde's sprawling campus in the Town of Tonawanda – known until recently as Praxair – is getting refreshed. The company is adding four electric vehicle charging stations to its current collection of 12, as demand from drivers grows. Inside the buildings, sleek LED lighting systems are replacing old, energy-hungry systems. Better building controls systems will help Linde…

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As Buffalo’s beer palate matures, the idea of the dive bar appears to follow a similar curve. Such is the case with Gene’s Junkyard Bar and Grill in Tonawanda. The unassuming façade sits just off of Young Street on the beautiful twists and turns of the waterfront. A sign that looks as though it predates the millennium is the only indication that a bar resides within. …

Crime

The Village of Kenmore, just under 1.5 square miles, has long had an outsized reputation for traffic enforcement. When it comes to the state’s ban on texting while driving, Kenmore’s standing holds up. The Kenmore Police Department issued the most texting while driving tickets from 2014 through 2017 among municipal departments in Erie and Niagara counties, according …

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Bowling alleys. The last bastion of antiquity. Pitchers of domestics poured into plastic cups as pins fall in cacophonous crashes. Relics of ages past mingle with the heavy scent of anti-fungal spray. There are certain expectations stepping into a bowling center but those expectations are mercilessly dashed like a late frame 7-10 split at the Tonawanda Bowling Center. …

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Some restaurants talk up a specialite de la maison, a signature dish. Schnitzel & Co. is the only one in town with a signature pretzel. Not just meaning highly-touted, or most-ordered, but actually part of its sign, its loops an edible copy of the cursive letter “z” in the restaurant’s logo. The pretzel’s housemade pedigree makes it noticeably tastier than most of t…

Business

A national real estate firm that specializes in retail properties has acquired three Sherwin-Williams Paint stores in the Town of Tonawanda, Amherst and West Seneca for nearly $4.5 million. Agree Realty Corp., a self-managed real estate investment trust based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., paid $1.65 million to acquire the store at 2775 Sheridan Drive from the Cleveland-ba…

A three-story multifamily property with six apartments in the Elmwood Village has been acquired by a Tonawanda investor. A limited-liability company called 547 Potomac Holdings, controlled by collections firm founder John Chebat, paid $600,000 to buy the 5,838-square-foot house at 547 Potomac Ave. from Marquee Residential, which is owned by Daniel T. Boland of Buffalo. …

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Driving past the Savers plaza in Tonawanda, you could almost miss the small Taichi Bubble Tea sign in the strip mall. What doesn’t look like much from the outside has a surprisingly cozy interior, specializing in an unusual take on your average sushi roll. The ambiance is bright and modern, with light wooden booths giving you privacy for you and your friends to talk. Th…

Buffalo

A Tonawanda investor is moving forward with his plan to convert a longtime paper-box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility into self-storage space, after acquiring the East Side property. Daniel Blanchard, through 459 Broadway LLC, paid $797,000 last week to acquire the 46,193-square-foot brick-and-stone building from Drescher Paper Box Inc. The sale includes 459, 46…

Food and Drink

After more than a decade serving Oliver Street, Granny’s Family Restaurant has taken its Greek and Mediterranean menu to Sheridan Drive. The new place, 2865 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda, was opened on Oct. 30 by operators Fadel and Jackie Kobti. (If the last name sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because a relative formerly operated Cobti’s Restaurant at Eggert Road and B…