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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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Downtown grocery and food emporium Washington Market is getting a makeover from the son of its previous owners. Michael Khoury said he’s been changing the market at 461 Ellicott St. to better serve a new wave of downtown dwellers. “We’re giving the place a facelift, painting it and changing the lighting,” he said. Sandwiches and salad bar offerings will continue. Changes…

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Restaurateur Mark Hutchinson is buying Papa Jake’s.The yet-to-be-renamed restaurant at 1672 Elmwood Ave. will be freshened up but still feel like an old-time tavern, Hutchinson said, a place you’d go to watch a game. Fish fries, wings, burgers and other made-fresh dishes will be on the menu, along with a chalkboard listing nightly chef’s specials.“We’re going to remodel so…

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The Washington Market on Ellicott Street is for sale. Mona Khoury said that after seven years, “we’d like to semi-retire,” she said. “We’re grandparents now, and it’s time to enjoy the grandkids.” The business, located at 461 Ellicott St., includes a deli and salad bar that draws a lunch crowd, and a solid catering roster, Khoury said. The 6,400-square-foot space is in a…

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Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets are hosting a winter market on Hertel Avenue, giving shoppers a chance to browse a bevy of local products in one stop. Located at 1547 Hertel Ave., it begins Nov. 22 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Pasta Peddler offers fresh and dried pastas, and frozen ravioli, said owner Michael Sedia. His daughter Andrea Amodeo runs…