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Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.…

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If Betty’s is not the heart of the Allentown community, it at least qualifies as a vital organ. Born in 2004, if Betty’s was a kid, it would be studying for a learner’s permit. Its community center feel, reinforced by poetry readings and walls lined with local artists, has always explicitly included vegetarians. Before vegan entrees were a staple in Buffalo restauran…

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Fry Baby Donuts, Buffalo’s first vegan doughnut shop, has closed. Located at 336 S. Elmwood Ave., the tiny spot drew doughnut aficionados and the animal-product-avoidant with its colorful, offbeat flavors. Its assortment posted to social media Sept. 20 included caramel apple, cranberry granola crunch, mocha latte, and a London Fog version, with Earl Grey tea and vani…

Business

Alex Miller once gorged himself on animal protein to fuel his five-day-a-week strength-training workouts. Then he came within a thread of dying from a heart attack, at age 32. “I still can’t believe it,” said Miller, who passed out last year while trying to move a small trailer and learned afterward that a key artery near his heart was 99 percent blocked. The inci…

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Taste of Vegan Sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. at Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). Tickets $19 (non-drinking), $27.50 (drinking) here, and at the door, as capacity allows. Children under 5 enter for free. An all-you-can-eat assortment of more than 30 plant-based appetizers, main courses, drinks and desserts will be offered in bite-sized form from a…

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The "v" word is not necessary. Owners Sarah Sendlbeck and James Ernst have said their mission with Root & Bloom Cafe is to serve a completely plant-based menu that's as local and organic as possible, without processed ingredients. They don't call the restaurant vegan, because of the preconceived notions that come with the idea of vegan food. Instead, they aim to …

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Western New York's first entirely vegan restaurant has opened on Elmwood Avenue. Root & Bloom Café is currently serving customers in a large gazebo behind 423 Elmwood Ave., a building whose interior is currently occupied by Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate, a chocolate maker. Root & Bloom expects to move inside this fall, as the chocolate maker plans to move…

Food and Drink

Dragon Babies Diner and Grill reminds me of what you would get if a marauding band of renegade chefs tore the doors off an abandoned building and fired up a couple of grills. In other words, it’s awesome. Chef partners Shawn Edin and Jeremy Hardy started with a Dragon Babies food truck a year ago, then opened the brick-and-mortar location at 452 Oliver St. in North T…

Buffalo

The second annual Western New York VegFest brought floods of people to Delaware Park on Sunday’s sunny afternoon. VegFest aims to bring vegans and vegetarians together in a community, a goal that Nicole Frontera of Hamburg thinks the organizers accomplished very well. “I like the sense of community it brings, with promoting health and environmental and animal rights needs,…