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Food and Drink

Though family restaurant Golden Parachute closed its Williamsville storefront in September, its catering department is growing to include a training program for homeless single parents. For 29 years, Tony and Judy Palmisano operated Golden Parachute, a restaurant that was like an extension of their kitchen for a generation of Willamsville residents. Over the decades,…

Health and Fitness

Children in the 21st century spend free time a lot differently than Dave Bauer did in the 1960s, “when your parents let you out the door and they let you play in your neighborhood.” Society has changed a lot for kids during the last half-century, including a growing reliance on organized sports and a growing dependence on computer technology. Bauer, 68, a retired ear…

Art

You won't know how much you'll miss the Albright-Knox until it's gone (temporarily, at least). At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Elmwood Avenue art gallery – an institution that has put Buffalo on the grid internationally – will close for two years to execute a major expansion project. For those hungry for a bite of culture on the first Friday night of the month, or those who wa…

Buffalo

Amazing, sometimes, how much of what matters can be captured in one small family token. Marcia and Bob Snyder of Clarence Center were married just short of 59 years. Bob seemed in good health until two years ago last spring, when he and a buddy, Ed Fisher, were doing their regular walk-with-lots-of-talk at the YMCA. One day, Bob came home and told Marcia he had strug…

One of the region's oldest and best-known real estate appraisal firms is moving to a new office in the heart of Williamsville this week, five months after one of its owners and eight other employees left to join a national firm. GAR Associates is opening its headquarters in a 2,000-square-foot suite at the Williamsville Executive Center, at 5500 Main St., in a recently …

Gusto

The triple-diamond hotels that spend big on their restaurants – hiring chefs with recognizable names, designing a striking dining room with architecturally provocative wine storage structures – are in short supply in Buffalo. Despite the 2017 arrival of Sear and Patina 250 a block apart on Delaware Avenue, little has changed in that regard. To its management’s credit…

Gusto

Julia Child said, “With enough butter, anything is good.” I see cheese the same way. Which is why I had high expectations walking into the Cheesy Chick Cafe. How could a place built around that most glorious of foods — cheese — be anything but excellent? The Cheesy Chick built a following since 2013 as a food truck, bringing cheesy goodness to locations around the area.…

Gusto

While there might not be any mules named Sal, there's lots to be done this week by the Erie Canal. (Sorry if that song gets stuck in your head). Aside from the Erie County Fair, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas offers the longest opportunity to take part, touching on two separate weekends and five weekdays with activities to appease both kids and adults. The bustling can…

Gusto

Williamsville is closing in on its first brewery of the new craft beer era. The brewing system was delivered and installed this week on a patch of land along Ellicott Creek that once was home to a blacksmith shop. Britesmith Brewing Company will open sometime in the fall. “That gives me until Dec. 20,” principal owner David Schutte said with a smile this week, as …

Gusto

Williamsville will soon be cheesier. The family owners of The Cheesy Chick food truck have announced they will take over the former Apple Wood Cafe, at 5385 Main St., to open the Cheesy Chick Cafe. Simone Fancher, her son Jonathan Rowan and daughter Stephanie Rowan unveiled more details after teasing the news on the truck's Facebook page Wednesday. The trio of owners…

Amherst

The Arc Erie County, a nonprofit human services agency formerly known as Heritage Centers, has opened its new administrative hub and service location in Williamsville, expanding its ability to serve clients and making it more convenient for those in the Northtowns while also cutting operating expenses. The agency, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities…

Festivals

Unexpectedly, I wound up watching a marathon of "Fixer-Upper" on HGTV last weekend. As a devoted viewer of "Chopped" on the Food Network, it wasn't hard to grasp the practical appeal of HGTV, even if Buffalo's buyers market isn't exactly ideal. The Buffalo Home Show comes to town this weekend and next, with celebrities, designers and local businesses all showcasing thei…

Food and Drink

The best part about writing titles for the Weekend in WNY, which rounds up a wildly diverse cast of Buffalo events, is that they almost never make sense on their own. For instance, if you pictured a clown sipping Krupnik while listening to Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," you totally get my point. While Arkells, Badfish and Perks' first "Parks and Rec" trivia nigh…

Amherst

Iskalo Development Co. has completed its purchase of a Williamsville office building next to an 1850s-era brewery that it bought last year, reunifying two properties that share a parking lot. The developer paid $810,000 to buy the building at 26 West Spring St. in the village from Walter A. Kammer, owner of engineering firm Scipar, which occupies the two-story brown bri…

Crime

A Williamsville man was arrested for the theft of medical products valued at more than $2.5 million from his employer in Rochester, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York announced. Antonio Rivera, 35, faces several charges after being arrested in Rochester Friday. Rivera, a senior assistant purchasing associate for CVS Pharmacy since 2007, alle…