Author: Christa Glennie

It was only a few days ago when someone asked me how progress was coming along with The Wine Thief. I told the person that I had received an update from co-owner Dave Cooper that plans had been held up temporarily (go figure), but not to worry, the place was coming along nicely. Yesterday I swung by and the signage was up on the building and it looks as if the space is finished and now the final details are coming together. Back in April Dave sent me a cool note about the project: “Eight years ago when I was…

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The bad news is that The City of Buffalo has removed 50% of the parking meter poles to date. The good news is that there are more than enough parking poles left to attach plenty of bike locking rings. And the news gets even better. The City has agreed to temporarily cap the remaining poles in order to initiate a program that will eventually go towards making Buffalo a more progressive and bike-friendly city. The CIty has even agreed to find a solution for the areas around town where the poles were yanked. That means that there will be a…

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Last evening marked the unofficial grand opening of SeaBar, downtown Buffalo’s newest eatery on the scene. Even though Tuesday will be the official opening, a large crowd of fans and friends of Mike and Sherri Andrzejewski (and sushi) gathered to check out the new diggs. Once again, developer Rocco Termini along with Mike and Sherri, has hit the nail on the head with this cozy-yet-contemporary build-out. It was pretty neat to see Ellicott Street closed to traffic in order to accommodate the large tent where a DJ was spinning and the beer was flowing. I was fortunate enough to have…

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Later this afternoon a group of people will meet up at City Hall to determine what course we will take regarding bike locking features in Buffalo. It is my hope that we can come up with a plan where a combination of bike racks and parking pole rings will be the ultimate solution to this recent dilemma. Thanks to everyone who called and sent emails in support of the bike-friendly measures – your words of encouragement (and knowledge) will be taken to City Hall this afternoon. In the meantime, parking meters are no longer being pulled until a decision of…

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Now that we’re regulars at the Erie Basin Marina beach (is that the name?), we’ve been scoping out the nearby amenities. You never know when you’re going to need something once you get to the beach, right? Just about everyone knows about The Hatch Restaurant by now… but did you know that The Hatch has one of the best veggie burgers in town? It’s downright delicious, as many of the other menu items are. But where do you go if you’re looking for some stuff to take with you to the beach or the Commercial Slip? Say you forgot suntan…

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While visiting The Swannie House earlier this evening we were told to take a walk across the street to check out the new public access dock. We had been down this path before a couple weeks earlier after hearing that some plans were finally being realized – plans that would give boaters the ability to tie up and take advantage of Cobblestone amenities. The people behind this public access effort will probably never be recognized for their effort, and if you talked to any one of them they would tell you that that is the way they like it. The…

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And I thought every day was Buffalo Civic Day. Actually, according to Kevin Gaughan that may be true, but Buffalo Rotary has asked if he would give a speech to mark a day (Wednesday July 9th) in which the citizens of Western New York come first. Kevin only has three more stops on his tour of Erie County’s 25 towns, 16 villages and three cities. No one can recall anyone undertaking this type of reform tour before. He started in November in Lancaster when it was ten below, and here we are on this beautiful day in June. He has…

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The rowboats and skiffs arrived at Hoyt Lake just minutes ago. It was great to see four of the eight boats show up. Even the ‘Oar House’ was getting painted – the docks were installed a couple of days ago. Thanks to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy for working in conjunction with the Buffalo State Boat Building Program (remember John Montague?). The delivery was made just days before the citywide Buffalo Homecoming celebration… the official ribbon cutting will be performed on Thursday when the program will be launched for public use. Members of the Olmsted Conservancy can take the boats out…

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It was back in November of 2007 when we first learned that plans for a new operator had fallen through for Jimmy Mac’s (555 Elmwood – corner of Elmwood and Anderson). Since that time we have heard countless (and I mean countless) rumors about a wide variety of potential operators looking at that corner. Every time we heard something there would be silence for a few more weeks until the next rumor would surface. Apparently the rumor mill has died down and we now have confirmation that an operator has signed on at the location. Word has it that the…

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As I was heading down Elmwood last evening I was waved down by Nick Kotrides, owner of Faherty’s, Toro and Empire Grill. He was outside sweeping the sidewalk and when I approached him he pointed to the ground. “Did you see that they removed our parking meters today?” he asked me. “I thought that they were going to keep a few of them for bike stands.” Indeed, The City had removed all of the parking meters on the West side of Elmwood (between Utica and Hodge), thus leaving only a couple of sign poles for an entire biking community to…

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