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Bhutanese sisters have taken over Druk Cuisine Kitchen, adding to Tonawanda's culinary diversity. Gita Tiwari and Sita Bista have begun offering Himalayan cuisine at 2768 B Elmwood Ave., in a plaza that already holds an Asian grocery store and a Korean-Burmese restaurant. Himalayan cuisine includes dishes from their native country of Bhutan, and similar fare common i…

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When Donald L. Rust was named plant manager for General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine-making complex in 1983, the situation was dismal. Production had plunged amid an economic slowdown. More than 2,500 workers were on layoff. Union-management relations were tense. Just after Rust took over as plant manager, he was summoned to Detroit by Robert Stempel, the head of…

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Prescott's Provisions, the new canalside restaurant in the City of Tonawanda, serves food that is something to behold. Located at 40 E. Niagara St., it's open for dinner. In clement weather, its garage-door walls open to the Erie Canal aquascape a few yards away. Inside, the room soars to ceiling fans and soaks up evening light through broad expanses of windows. Cust…

Gardening

Dean and Jody Wienke have worked hard to transform their City of Tonawanda home into the place it is today. Both are do-it-yourselfers who learned along the way and came up with creative ideas for fixing up and decorating the house, inside and out. They raised two children in this house – Brittany and Taylor – both of whom are getting married in the coming months. Jo…

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David Ledesma has traded life on the Gulf Coast for the Buffalo area. It was a fresh start for both himself and the DuPont plant he leads. Ledesma left OxyChem in Corpus Christi, Texas, to become plant manager at DuPont Yerkes in the Town of Tonawanda, a career move of about 1,700 miles. Ledesma succeeded local native Warren Hoy, who retired in January after serving as …

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Motorists traveling the Youngmann Expressway have probably seen Unifrax's name emblazoned on the side of a Town of Tonawanda building. What's less obvious from the highway is how much the manufacturer has expanded lately, to the tune of $67 million in combined investment. Unifrax makes products for vehicles' emissions control devices. On Thursday, the company showcas…

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Prescott's Provisions, a City of Tonawanda restaurant offering ambitious features like housemade pasta and live-fire cooking, plans to open June 26. The building at 40 E. Niagara St. is feet from the Erie Canal, and will draw customers by water as well as road, since its front yard offers city-run boat parking. Vincent Thompson, who led kitchens at BOSS, Buffalo Chop…

Food and Drink

Heads up, hot-dog lovers. Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs owners Frank and Paul Tripi will open their first brick-and-mortar restaurant on June 11 at 707 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda, at the intersection of Starin Avenue, with hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The project of the food truck connoisseurs was announced in November, updated last month with news that Frank's EXPO Market ve…

Pine Pharmaceuticals has opened a $5.6 million manufacturing plant in Riverview Solar Technology Park in the Town of Tonawanda, with pledges to increase its workforce in the next few years. The company, an affiliate of Niagara Falls-based Pine Pharmacy, said the new location will allow it to create 28 full-time jobs and retain 15 existing jobs. The plant includes "clean…

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Many viewers think TV anchors are just like actors when they read the news. "That's true," said WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) co-anchor Scott Levin. "If only they knew what goes on producing two hours of news a day." In a few days, Levin and his co-anchor the last 16 years, Maryalice Demler, get a chance to act for real while reading. They are the stars of the Niagara Regio…

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“WARNING: Ice cream may melt,” warns the takeout menu at Sweet Life Dessert Experience, a new dessert and coffee bar in Tonawanda. Takeout orders should be done in person, it continues, lest you call ahead only to find your waiting sundae in a puddle. You needn’t worry. These desserts don’t linger for long. A sit-down restaurant, Sweet Life is no Friendly’s—it loo…

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A family-owned Tonawanda pleasure-boat retailer has acquired a 9.3-acre light-industrial property on Grand Island with two large warehouses, less than a year after a bank foreclosed on the property to collect on prior mortgage debt. Collins Marine, through 4100 River Road Storage, paid $1.6 million to Northwest Bank of Warren, Pa., this week to purchase the Grand Island…

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The night I hit The Delaware, I meant to eat elsewhere. Lake-effect snow made a Hamburg rendezvous foolhardy, so I called an audible. My guests met me in Tonawanda, at the flaming torches that mark the restaurant. It was packed with people eating and drinking as fat flakes fell outside. I'd been once before, years ago, as an amateur. I remembered upscale pub grub with a…