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Food and Drink

Novel, the Italian-centered white tablecloth restaurant on Transit Road, has announced its closing. "It comes with great sadness that NOVEL Restaurant will be permanently closing down at the end of this week," its Facebook page said Wednesday. Sunday, Sept. 22 will be its last day of service, it said. Richard Semonian and David Petruzzo opened the spot at 7170 Tra…

Business

A vacant former motel and a vacant used-car sales lot on Transit Road are destined for eventual redevelopment by Iskalo Development Corp., now that the Williamsville-based firm acquired the contiguous sites for a combined $3.5 million. Iskalo last month paid $3 million to buy the former Clarion Hotel Buffalo Airport at 6700 Transit in Cheektowaga from the Charlie Decker…

Crime

Erie County sheriff's deputies say they are seeking the public's help in identifying a tractor-trailer involved in a hit-and-run collision that occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Transit Road and Clinton Street in Elma. According to deputies, the truck was traveling north on Transit Road at around 11 a.m. when witnesses observed it making a right turn onto …

Business

As Bank of America Corp. prepares to vacate its operations center in West Seneca for new digs in Elma, the owner of the Transit Road property is now seeking a new tenant to take up the space. The Charlotte, N.C.-based banking company, one of the nation's biggest banks, announced last year that it would relocate to the former Motorola plant in Jamison Business Park at 61…

Gusto

The Anchor Bar outpost on Transit Road is moving south, to a spot where its signs can trigger hunger pangs in passersby on the Thruway. The new site of the chicken-wing-centric franchise will be the former Bob Evans restaurant at 6635 Transit Road, in Lancaster. “The first thing you think about when you’re traveling to Buffalo, New York is food,” said Anthony Schiapp…

Gusto

Mia Hwang, owner of MoMo's Mongolian Grill since 2016 and Shogun, its predecessor at 7590 Transit Road, Amherst, for more than 25 years, has closed her restaurant. Shogun was long known for the showmanship, family-friendly nature and variety of its hibachi dinners, before a 2016 concept change involved both a new name and a menu geared more toward Mongolian barbecue - r…

Gusto

Transit Road has a restaurant type now, soaring new-build boxes rigged out with agricultural implements, rustic wooden tables and festooned with barnyard-inspired modern art. Set into multi-use plazas or on the lip of vast strip malls, they strive to offer an updated version of the chain restaurant experience, an oasis of country charm embedded in suburbia. They are our…

Business

Plans for a second Chick-fil-A franchise in Cheektowaga have been proposed, Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski announced in an email Friday. She said a developer has submitted plans to the town's Building Department to build a Chick-fil-A on the corner of Transit Road and Losson Road in front of the Wegmans plaza. What would be the region's first Chick-fil…

Local News

Owner Russell Salvatore Jr. wants to add eight townhouses with garages to The Abbey, his two-story project of upscale apartments and retail development on Transit Road that opened last year in Clarence. But because it would exceed a zoning restriction of six units on the property, the plan is expected to come under scrutiny when it is presented to the Clarence Town Boar…

Food and Drink

The next project set for the northwest corner of Transit Road at Main Street in East Amherst is a major departure from the former TGI Fridays. My Dad's Market and Restaurant, a venture of Falconer-based Lewis & Son, Inc., is expected to open in mid-April at 6850 Main St., according to a press release. Plans for the sprawling space include a restaurant with organi…

Business

A relocated Domino's Pizza plans to move into a new retail building with a drive-thru on Transit Road across from Transit Valley Country Club. Crews broke ground a month ago on the 8,500-square-foot, single-story building at 6031 Transit Road, the site of the former Buggy Wash car wash, said Bevilacqua Development CEO Jonathan Bevilacqua. The building shell should be fi…

Amherst

One of Buffalo's most popular pizza places may add a brewery to its operation. The owners of Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill bought a former Doodle Bugs daycare center at 7790 Transit Road, next door to one of the two existing locations for the restaurant. Acting through Santora's Phase II LLC, they paid $700,000 to Albert Bluemle's One Fusion LLC, which has owned it si…

Featured

Nick Klentos, whose family ran the Wehrle Diner until selling it last year, has opened Aperitivo, a new upscale casual place on Transit Road. The 85-seat restaurant at 9430 Transit Road, East Amherst, opened for business in a recently-built plaza on April 14. It’s not an Italian restaurant, despite the name, Klentos said. It’s a New American restaurant with some Mediterr…

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Santora’s Pizza Pub & GrillWhere: 7800 Transit Road, Amherst (634-6000, santoras.com)Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.Scene: Suburban escape on busy Transit Road.Patio: Covered bar with fire pit area, couch seating in the sun, two dining sections.Dress: Flip flops to wedge sandals. Bar: Featured beers of the mont…

Erie County

Have you, or someone you love, begun to exhibit symptoms of advanced beer nerdery? Do you keep a list of beers you’ve tried, or found yourself discussing the merits of varietal hops without a frosty brew in hand? Then I would prescribe research before you set foot in Griffon Gastropub. It sells almost 100 beers on tap, from Pabst Blue Ribbon through a United Nations of wor…