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Duff’s is probably coming to Buffalo – and returning pizza to a revered spot. Duff’s Famous Wings' owners have a letter of intent to lease the former JJ's Casa-Di-Pizza location at 477 Elmwood Ave., owned by Sinatra Realty. The deal won’t be done until final lease details are negotiated, said Greg Duell, a Duff’s partner who runs the Eastern Hills Mall location. “…

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Almost everything will be bigger at the newest Anchor Bar. Brothers Michael and Anthony Schiappa, aided by their sister, Taylor, moved their Anchor Bar Williamsville franchise from 7662 Transit Road, East Amherst, to 6635 Transit Road, Lancaster, in less than three months. Previously a Bob Evans, the new site will open to the public at 11 a.m. March 25. Compared to t…

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The long-awaited sister restaurant of The Irishman Pub & Eatery is now open in the heart of East Aurora. This newest rendition by the same name holds much of the Gaelic spirit of its Williamsville counterpart, though its bolstered menu, sleek aesthetic, and contemporary features lend it a character that’s a step outside the traditional tavern. Sporting exposed br…

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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…

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Summer's roundup of drool-inducing food photos from Buffalo restaurants proved one thing: an easy way to halt absent-minded feed-scrolling is an image of a delicious dish. It's why the Tasty instructional videos are popular, it's why restaurants invest in professional-level photography to showcase their dishes, and it's one reason why The Garage Cafe can barely keep up …

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Wings-and-weck star Bar Bill won’t be making it to the Northtowns in time for Christmas. After demolition took place at 8326 Main St., Clarence earlier this year, people have been asking if the project wasn't going to happen, said owner Clark Crook said. After closing on the property in November 2017, he had initially hoped to open the spinoff of his East Aurora restaur…

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If you like Oreos, and you like chicken wings, well, keep eating them separately because combining them is a culinary catastrophe. That's according to a group of taste testers who tried out the new "hot chicken wing" flavor of Oreos, recently introduced by Mondelēz International. This variety – along with wasabi – is available in China only, for now. And that's f…

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The ripples of Vontae Davis' decision to quit the Buffalo Bills and retire from football at halftime of the team's Week 2 loss are still being felt. And, in a slightly twisted sense, his decision has been inspiring. O'Neill's Stadium Inn, at 3864 Abbott Road in Orchard Park, is challenging customers to beat the Vontae Davis Sauce Challenge. How does a hot-wing challenge…

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In July, Skoobs Village Grille opened on Lancaster’s main drag, giving the village a new family restaurant with sports bar touches. Skoobs was fitted into a historic building at 50 Central Ave. formerly occupied by Eddie Ryan’s. William and Lori Skubis are the operators, running their first restaurant after careers in tax preparation and bank management. He runs the …

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Since my 16-year-old self started visiting Buffalo bars, Coles has always been there, looming in the background of my eating and drinking life. Especially the drinking. That could lead to eating, but not usually, as I rarely believed I had enough money for both, relying instead on the nutritional content of barley and hops. Coming through that battered front door and se…

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Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant has carved its name into Buffalo wing history since it opened in 1985. Besides its role as a haunt for a past generation of wing-loving Buffalo Sabres, Elmo’s deserves notice for the mastery of a particularly popular twist on Buffalo wings: the Cajun wing.Adam Blake, now a manager at Elmo’s, said that he helped develop one of the first Cajun sauces …

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Just Pizza has gotten into the food truck business. The fully equipped pizza-and-wings kitchen on wheels started selling food earlier this month. The truck is “a staple” at Canalside’s Thursday and weekend concert venue, Larkinville, private and corporate events, and “will soon have a presence in Buffalo’s growing Medical Corridor,” said company vice president Mark D. Ca…

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Chippewa nightclub Noir is becoming a food-first restaurant called Local Kitchen & Beer Bar. Noir, 88 W. Chippewa St., closed Aug. 2. The plan is to showcase popular Buffalo food like beef on weck, wings and stuffed peppers for out-of-towners staying in hotels, and locals working downtown. “We’re going full kitchen” with Local, said Justin Anderson, an owner. Hop…

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Doc Sullivan’s, the South Buffalo tavern known for its “Smitty's style” wings, is getting freshened up under new owners – but the Smitty's wings will stay the same. “The wings are going to stay exactly the same, and we’ll expand the menu a bit and add some wings for people who don’t like Smitty’s,” said Thomas Cowan, who bought the place with a partner. “We’re going to put…

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Dwyer’s Irish Pub 65 Webster St., North Tonawanda Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $2.50 domestic bottles, $2 pints of PBR, Coors Light and Molson. Buy one-get one appetizer Monday through Thursday only. Specials: Monday from 8 p.m. to close, get $2 off all 22 oz. drafts. Tuesday from 7 p.m. to close, 20 wings/$10.99 and $2.50 domestic bottles. Wednesdays…