May 28, 2012 12:16 PM
If you're not familiar with history of brewing in Buffalo, then you're missing out on one of our greatest entrepreneurial pastimes. Once the city was overflowing with breweries, and the area was steeped in the traditions handed down from generation to generation. Post-prohibition did not bode well for breweries in the area, and if the operations were not already closed, they would be soon. The large-scale industry of brewing was good for Buffalo business all around, and many factions of the local economy revolved around brewmasters brewing and customers buying.
May 26, 2012 10:16 AM
It's the eighth episode of 'Buffalo. For Real TV', and in this segment the topic is: For People who like to eat (and drink). I know that that sounds a bit vague, but according to host Neson Starr, we're starting to see some cutting edge cuisine and "Buffalo is heading in some bold new directions" ... (referring to latest forays into the realm of cuisine and drinks). From crazy concoctions at Vera Pizzeria to unusual Burmese cuisine at Sun International, new bars and restaurants abound, and Buffalonians are welcoming the change.
As a matter of fact, we at Buffalo Rising are
May 20, 2012 10:21 PM
The corner of Amherst Street and Elmwood once again has added life in the form of a hamburger, hotdog and ice cream shack that will soon be cranking out full diner fare. It's called The Kitchen Table, and owner Kim DeWald, along with a family member or two, is planning on running a diner-style restaurant with long hours and homemade food. "We make the burgers at the restaurant," she told me. "We serve hand cut fries too. The neighborhood is quickly discovering that we're here to stay and our doors are usually open. We cleaned up the side yard and made a patio so that customers can eat outside.
May 19, 2012 4:46 PM
In a recent conversation with her neighbor, longtime Buffalo restaurant owner Maura Crawford announced that she was "expecting again." Well, sort of. The newest addition to Crawford's family of restaurants comes in the form of "Coco, by Le Metro," which opened for lunch on Thursday at 888 Main Street. Drawing inspiration from the words of Coco Chanel, "Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity," Crawford decided that her next endeavor would lead her back to the city. "I had been looking
May 11, 2012 8:20 AM
By Michael Hargrave:
Knowledge of his or her product is a great thing for a business owner to have, but knowledge and enthusiasm is so much better. Jill Forster of Nickel City Cheese and Mercantile is as enthusiastic about her cheeses as any one could hope for. And she knows more than a little about her cheeses.
When I stopped by Nickel City Cheese to snap a few photographs, Jill treated me to an impromptu tasting session.
May 5, 2012 10:21 PM
It was only when I was heading down Elmwood earlier today and saw a roadside grill that I remembered that it was Cinco de Mayo. It didn't take long to forget about the holiday, as it was the grill that remained emblazoned upon my mind. I was so excited to see a restaurant taking the time to interact with pedestrians in a way other than just setting up a passive patio, that I decided to inspect the scene a bit closer. I walked up to Solé's chef AJ Della Selva and congratulated him on his outdoor setup, and he acknowledged that he was preparing the grill for a Cinco de Mayo celebration
La Tee Da has always had an amazing back patio, there is no question. And who doesn't like to hang out on a sweet patio when the weather is nice? As much as there are some great patios in Buffalo, there are few that can hold a candle to La Tee Da's. First of all, the giant tent-like awning that covers the better part of the courtyard has ceiling fans for when it is hot, and heaters for when it is cool. The golden color of the awning gives off a warm glow as the sun goes down, and the sides drop down to protect visitors from the wind and rain, while rolling them up showcases manicured gardens
The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is getting ready to cater to park-goers and golfers this summer in a big way. The conservancy has announced that there is a new operator moving into both the Parkside Lodge and the kiosk on Ring Road as well. Kat Tyler, owner of the EM Tea Cup Cafe and The 2nd Cup, will be preparing to service the two locations in coming days. The eatery at The Parkside Lodge will be called The Tee Cup, and will offer all sorts of lunch items for the golf crowd as well as for routine visitors to the park. She will also be applying for a beer and wine license, which is something
By Jenna Smith:
Mother's Day is coming up very soon, and this is one of the busiest days of the year for Buffalo restaurants. Taking mom out to enjoy a nice meal out, while giving her a day off from cooking is one of the best ways to let her celebrate the occasion. The best restaurants book quickly, so I hope that you got your reservations early. Here are my top 5 picks in Buffalo to take your mom out for a delicious meal to say "thanks" for all that she does:
April 13, 2012 10:40 AM
In a day and age when social media is king, you have the ability to become Mayor of any restaurant in Buffalo. If you frequent it enough and 'check in' whenever you are there that is. When it comes to social media tools, Foursquare has become a favorite for people who like to go out to eat and drink. There is a large community of Foursquare rooters that thrives on letting others know exactly where they are at any given time, and who they are with. It's a sort of like being a member of a special 'smart app' club. If you are a Foursquare user and you have a favorite restaurant that you
April 6, 2012 10:13 AM
An Italian bakery is currently setting up shop at 218 Grant Street, adjacent to Sweet_ness 7 Cafe. Prish Moran, owner of the building and Sweet_ness 7, is beyond excited that the bakery is coming and feels that the addition to the street will help to further the momentum for additional businesses looking to establish on the West Side. The bakery is being called B. Ferrante's, and the family members behind the business are Sarah Gilmartin, along with her mum (Lucy) and dad (Pat). The three are embarking upon a culinary journey that will bring old world Italian edible delights to a neighborhood
April 6, 2012 8:59 AM
Restaurateur Dave Forness, former owner of The Buffalo House and Hemingway's, is underway with the opening of a tavern located at 199 Allen Street (corner of Elmwood in the recently closed Gelsey's Fashion storefront). I spoke to Dave yesterday who told me that the establishment would have a similar look and feel to The Buffalo House, with many of the ornamental displays being repurposed for his new venture. He is hoping that The City allows him to install a char-broiler behind the bar, so that he can serve up hamburgers, chicken fingers and similar style bar food. If he does not get the OK for
April 5, 2012 7:25 AM
Following is an interview with Carl Schmitter, owner of Chateau Buffalo Ciderhouse & Winery (formerly Chateau Buffalo on Hertel Avenue). The interview contains news regarding the expansion of the business, news of a move to a new location and product development. We will be following CBCW as the business tests out wines at various outlets in Greater Buffalo. While you're doing your Easter shopping at The Broadway Market this weekend, be sure to pick up a bottle.
Carl, can you tell me more about the honey wine that you have recently bottled?