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If I could wave my gilded fork from my Critic’s Throne and make a wish come true, today’s would be to give people the courage to try raw fish. If you made a face reading that sentence, I’m talking to you. Most avoiders offer weirdness of concept as a barrier, to which I’d point out the widespread Western taste for dishes like beef carpaccio or steak tartare. Call it tun…

Art

1) Christmas in the Country, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center (5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg). Tickets are $10 at the door; children 12 years and younger get in for free. Commentary: Apparently, there exists a publication - Sunshine Artist - that ranks art-and-crafts markets across the cou…

Amherst

Hunt Real Estate Corp. CEO Peter F. Hunt and an Amherst condominium development he sponsored have agreed to pay $104,300 to the development's condo association for failing to disclose pipe leaks and corrosion to homebuyers. The payments by Hunt and Fisher Homes will cover the cost of replacing the damaged pipes that remain and will reimburse the Fisher Pond Condo Associ…

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The president and owner of an online consumer electronics store has acquired the former Tuxedo Junction warehouse and showroom in Williamsville for nearly $1.8 million. Mark Yin, president of Techfrys Corp., bought the 46,000-square-foot building at 120 Earhart Drive from Lindrew Properties. The seller is controlled by Barry Snyder, founder and former owner of the tuxed…

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Healthy, on-the-go eatery Newbury Salads will replace Starbucks at 5429 Main St. in Williamsville, Newbury owner Paul Tsouflidis confirmed Saturday. With Starbucks set to vacate the Main Street building due to the national chain's short move to Amherst, expected by the end of the year, Tsouflidis swooped in to secure a new headquarters for Newbury Salads, located curren…

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1) Borderland Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. Sept. 22 and 23 at Knox Farm State Park (437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora). Tickets range from $65 to $359; more info on that here. Commentary: Set-to-debut Borderland has everything necessary for a big music festival: a gorgeous setting, a strong and varied lineup of live music, local art and craft vendors, and a wealth of lo…

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The owner of Oliver's and Creekview Restaurant is turning a former Williamsville plastic surgery practice into a blacksmith-themed brewery-restaurant. David Schutte said the two buildings at 5611 and 5609 Main St., the former Center for Plastic Surgery, will be remodeled on a theme reflecting their original use, as a blacksmithing operation. "The craft brewery idea h…

Amherst

A Canadian health-focused real estate investment trust has acquired an Amherst medical office building located just a stone's throw from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Toronto-based Mohawk Medical Properties, through Mohawk Medical Acquisitions Canada II, bought the East Amherst Medical Building at 1150 Youngs Road from 1150 Youngs Road Inc., paying $7.732 million,…

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Heathwood Assisted Living has begun construction on a 30,000-square-foot addition to its assisted-living facility in Amherst, creating 42 more assisted-living apartments. The three-story addition, which will be attached to the current building at 815 Hopkins Road, will include three two-bedroom apartments, 27 one-bedroom units and 12 studio apartments. Each will be equi…

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It’s official. Ice cream season is here. But for Sweet Jenny’s it began even before Memorial Day. At the first taste of spring, customers were lining up at the Williamsville Water Mill for a taste of homemade, handcrafted ice cream. A wide variety of flavors, ranging from Jack Daniel's to Smurf, coupled with the setting, creates an experience that draws families, tour g…

Food and Drink

On the first night of Local Restaurant Week on Monday, April 16, 2018, people braved the snow to eat out at the Glen Park Tavern, Eagle House and Irishman Pub and Eatery in Williamsville.

Food and Drink

Looking for authentic Greek food like perfectly seasoned chicken that melts in your mouth? Marwan Yacoub is the guy to see. He has owned The Village Grille in Williamsville for 23 years and lives by the motto, “We are fresh food, not fast food.” But plenty of busy people turn to Yacoub for weekday lunches and dinners by calling ahead for takeout orders. While chicken so…

Food and Drink

The first thing you’ll notice at Lime House, a Burmese-Japanese lunch and dinner outpost in Williamsville, are the splashes of color throughout the former Blu Bar and Grill space on Evans Street. The curved bar area is washed top to bottom with LED lighting, while rainbow-hued parasol fans hang from the walls and ceiling. Two walls behind the main dining room, blank dur…

Business

The executive team of Tops Markets – led by chairman and CEO Frank Curci – are the primary shareholders of the privately owned company. Documents made public Wednesday as part of the grocer's bankruptcy filings show the supermarket chain is owned by a complex structure of holding companies, whose ultimate owners are the individual members of the management team that led…

Amherst

Marrano Marc Equity Corp. has kicked off construction on its new $14 million Windstone townhouse project in Amherst, just days after receiving final state approval to begin marketing and sales. The West Seneca-based high-end homebuilder plans to construct 40 new luxury homes in the community located between Sheridan Drive and Main Street, directly connected to Marrano's…