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On Monday, Mushtak Almosaadi opened Babylon Gardens, his restaurant in the Kenmore building that formerly held Torches. I visited Tuesday night. Amid the typical service stutters of a startup restaurant, I found food you should know about. Buffalo hasn't had any Turkish restaurants since Sofra closed on Elmwood Avenue a decade ago. Babylon Gardens isn't a purely Turkish …

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Work is under way to turn the former Torches space on Kenmore Avenue into a Turkish-centered restaurant called Babylon Gardens. Owner Mushtak Almosaadi is from Basra, Iraq. He’s hired a chef who cooked in Turkey for 10 years, he said. He’s planning a menu including dishes from Turkish, Lebanese and other Mediterranean cuisines. “I’m planning to open in the new year, Janu…

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A gourmet food shop called Salt Cuisine opened on April 28 in Snyder, offering ready-to-go soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.Don’t get too attached to the salad you try there today, though, because it might not be available tomorrow. “Almost every day it changes,” said Beth James, owner, with Melony Hyzy, of the shop at 2182 Kensington Ave. “Today is pink grapefruit an…

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Torches is for sale. The fine dining restaurant at 1141 Kenmore Ave., opened by J.J. Richert and brother Kevin in 2007, quietly went on the market about three months ago. The business and its contents is for sale; the Richerts lease the space. Since he put it on the market, people have told him they heard he was facing bankruptcy, divorce, a brotherly feud, J.J. Richert …

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The 2015 season of Nickel City Chef adds Edward Forster of Buffalo Proper as the fifth member of the "home team." Those chefs will compete against other up-and-coming culinary talents in five live hour-long cooking battles this spring. Forster's cooking helped put Buffalo Proper on my list of best new restaurants of 2014. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They usuall…