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Guide to WNY Bars & Restaurants That Closed During the Pandemic

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on February 23, 2022
Photo courtesy of Local Kitchen and Beer Bar

Over the past few years, the pandemic has taken a toll on many businesses in Western New York, specifically those working in the food & drink field. While we were lucky enough to see some new comers, our region has sadly lost some old time favorites.

Here is a full list of bars and restaurants that have permanently closed from 2020 – present. Consider this list a friendly reminder to support the places you love while you can!

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WNY Bars & Restaurants That Permanently Closed in 2020


American Grille in East Aurora

Was located at: 7901 Seneca St, East Aurora, NY 14052

Belsito on Hertel

Was located at: 1368 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

Black Button Distilling

Was located at: 149 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14203

“Black Button Distilling announced Saturday that they are closing their tasting room on Swan Street in Buffalo. Company officials say that anyone who has scheduled tastings or cocktail classes should contact the Rochester location. They say they’re sad to close the tasting room but they will still sell their products at stores and at the Broadway Market.” – WIVB.com

Buffalo Roadhouse Grill

Was located at: 1980 Niagara Falls Blvd Tonawanda, NY 14150

“It’s with a heavy heart and a great deal of regret, we are forced to close down permanently. This decision was not made lightly but as a result of multiple shut downs and a drastic reduction of business we can no longer operate at a loss without any hope for the future. Thank you for all the great people who have supported us through the years, we will miss you. Happy and Safe New year to all.” – Facebook post

Crazy Jakes

Was located at: 26 Webster St, North Tonawanda

“It has been our pleasure to bring the City of NT good food and fun times. We would like to wish our neighboring establishments good luck in their futures, and once again thank you all for your support. We wish all you a safe and happy holiday season.” – Facebook Post

Homegrown Bistro

Was located at: 4211 N Buffalo Rd Orchard Park, NY 14127

“We made a very special place that brought some incredible people into my life. I know I will be seeing many of you before I close the doors for good and look forward to thanking you personally.
With a Full Heart and Sincere Gratitude, Katie” – Facebook Post

Iron Kettle Restaurant

Was located at: 1009 Olean Rd East Aurora, NY 14052

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Jordan’s Ale House in South Buffalo

Was located at: 107 Abbott Rd #1045, Buffalo, NY 14220

According to WGRZ.com, “The brother-and-sister owners of Jordan’s Ale House, 107 Abbott Road, have put the restaurant on the market with a $220,000 asking price. For those who don’t know it as Jordan’s, the bar is probably better known as Stankey’s.”

La Tavola Trattoria

Was located at: 1458 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY

Mister Dee’s Restaurant

Was located at: 450 Beach Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Update: Mister Dee’s closed in 2020 but was sold in 2021 and is set to reopen under new ownership!

Nickel Creek Cafe

Was located at: 4717 Clinton St, West Seneca, NY 14224

Pairings Wine Bar

Was located at: 5893 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

“Sorry to say we will not be reopening. Thank you to all our wonderful customers for 11 great years. CHEERS!” – Facebook post

Pastry By Camille – Hertel Ave

Was located at: 1422 Hertel Ave Buffalo New York 14216

“Aurevoir Hertel Avenue, Thank you all but I’ve come to a decision. Thanks to my staff, and all the foodies, May we meet again!” Head to Instagram and swipe through the several pages of heartfelt goodbyes for the whole story on how Camille LE CAER ended up on Hertel Ave and what’s next for one of Buffalo’s favorite “frenchies”.

Perks Cafes

Was located at: Multiple Locations

“Bob Newman, managing partner of Wainfleet Companies, the major investor in Perks, announced the decision to not reopen all three of its locations in a press release Monday night. “Reopening would be like starting all over again, but in a financial hole,” Newman said. – The Buffalo News

Root & Bloom

Root & Bloom

Was located at: 423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 

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Scallywags

Was located at: 6558 Old Lake Shore Rd, Derby, NY 14047

Schupper House

Was located at: 2115 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210

Suzy Q’s BBQ

Was located at: 2829 Niagara St Buffalo, NY 14207

“We hope you have been well over these past trying months. We want to thank all of our customers, many of whom have become like family to us, for their endless support over our 18 years of business. As this time has passed, we have come to the very difficult decision that we will be closing Suzy-Q’s Bar-B-Que Shack in its current form. Please take care, be safe, and God bless during these unprecedented times. ” – Facebook post

The Hole in the Wall Restaurant

Was located at: 7056 Standpipe Road, Perry, NY 14530

“Our loyal team has been proud to serve you either as a customer at our restaurants, when catering your special events, or when attending the many community events we led in Perry. It has been our honor to serve the public and we regret having to close. We will re-evaluate things when circumstances change.” – Facebook post

The Pub at Wegmans

Was located at: 8270 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221

The coronavirus pandemic was the last call for the Pub by Wegmans. Wegmans stopped service at the Pubs months ago in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, but has now confirmed the bar restaurants will not reopen. Wegmans had 12 Pub locations, including one at 8270 Transit Road in Amherst.” – The Buffalo News

Tipico Coffee – Fargo

Was located at: 128 Fargo Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

Tipico has since opened a new location on Elmwood Ave.

Viking Lobster Co.

Was located at: 366 Tonawanda St, Buffalo, NY 14207

“The Viking Lobster Company in Black Rock Buffalo will always be a memory that brings a smile to our face and warmth in our heart. We will miss the restaurant but we hope to see all of you again when our new adventure begins.” – Facebook post

Village Beer Merchant on Elmwood

Was located at: 547 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

“A family owned business in the Elmwood Village is closing up shop after more than 13 years. The Village Beer Merchant owner Brian Nelson says they had to shut down after losing too much revenue during the Coronavirus Pandemic.” – WIVB.com

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Washington Square Restaurant

Was located at: 295 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203

“The Washington Square Bar & Grill, operating in downtown Buffalo since 1967, will not reopen and the longtime owners have put the building up for sale.” – WGRZ.com Update: Washington Square Restaurant was sold and has reopened under new ownership!

William K’s

Was located at: 329 Erie St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Sister restaurant/location Acqua absorbed William K’s at 2192 Niagara Street, Buffalo.

WNY Bars & Restaurants That Permanently Closed in 2021


Closed

100 Acres at Hotel Henry

444 FOREST AVE. Buffalo, New York 14213 • $

Buffalo

CLOSED AS OF FEB 2021 Widely considered to be one of Buffalo's most important and beautiful buildings, construction on the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted ...

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Big Mood

423 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14032 • $$

VeganVegetarianPlant-based

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Buffalo's first all plant based eatery - formerly Root $ Bloom Cafe. ...

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Closed

Buffalo Roadhouse Grill

1980, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda, Tonawanda Town Erie County, New York • $$

Other

Locally owned and operated, the Buffalo Roadhouse Grill is the kind of restaurant where families and friends come for great food at a great value. ...

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Closed

Caffeology

23 Allen St Buffalo, New York • $

Other

Reported Closed SOB Says: Siphon coffee has been around for more than a century, but largely fell out of favor in the 1960s, when fast, cheap coffeemakers ...

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Closed

Cantina Loco

191 Allen St. Buffalo, New York • $$

Other

This restaurant has closed Considered by many the best, most authentic Mexican in the area. Stop in and enjoy some great Mexican/Tex- Mex food by the ...

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Closed

Center Cut – The Village Steakhouse

453 Center Street Lewiston , New York 14092 • $$$

Niagara County

At Center Cut - The Village Steakhouse our steaks were hand selected from the highest grades of USDA choice and USDA prime available. We are confident ...

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Closed

Fast ‘n Tasty

69 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Ethiopian

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

We are a restaurant that serves authentic Ethiopian cuisine. All our spices are imported from all over the world to give our dishes flavor that is second ...

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Grindhaus Cafe

160 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $

Cafe-CoffeeVegetarianAmericanVegan

Buffalo

Cafe / Coffee Shop

Grindhaus is a locally owned cafe featuring handcrafted, pour-over coffee and full leaf teas in the heart of Allentown's Historic Preservation District ...

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Closed

JJ’s Cafe

265 Kenmore Ave Tonawanda, NY 14223 • $

North Towns

House of Breakfast, and Lunch, with a small Indian menu available as well! ...

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Closed

Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main St Buffalo, New York • $

Other

SOB Says: The sign on the clock above the door reads, 'A cool place to eat 24/7'. While the clock no longer keeps time, they aren't open 24/7, and there ...

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Temporarily Closed
Closed

Mac’s on Hertel

1435 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

SOB Says About Mac's on Hertel: Mac's on Hertel is perfect for a long list of occasions like family dinner, catching a game, a weeknight bite, weekends ...

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Closed

Major Tom’s Drop Zone

Hamburg, ny • $$

Other

WWII themed Italian restaurant. Home of the platoon-sized lasagna, howitzer (homemade jumbo manicotti), 40mm Buffalo shells, chicken undercover, and boneyard ...

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Closed

Mooney’s Sport Bar & Grill – Transit

4545 Transit Rd Harris Hill, New York 14221 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual Table Service, Bar

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Closed

Poppa Pete’s A Lebanese Joint

265 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14223 • $

Middle Eastern

North Towns

Homemade Lebanese food by Pete Deeb ...

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Closed

The Jake

3020 Delaware Ave Kenmore , New York • $$

Other

This business is reported Closed - drop us a note if you have more info Nice bar and good casual eating. ...

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Closed

The Main Street Bakery

695 Main St East Aurora, New York 14052 • $

South Towns

The Main Street Bakery is a full service bakery offering specialty cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cheesecake, soups, coffee and more! We also cater ...

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Closed

Thunder Falls Buffet

310 Fourth St Niagara Falls, New York 14305 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Thunder Falls Buffet The reinvented Thunder Falls Buffet is now open after going through extensive renovations and an $8.5M makeover. The new Thunder ...

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Closed

Veronica’s Village Bistro

77 North Main Street Angola, New York 14006 • $$

AmericanDeli-SandwichesNew American

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Veronica's Village Bistro is a modest family owned business offering European style cuisine and a variety of desserts, including sugar free options. ...

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Closed

White Village Restaurant

5362 W Lake Rd Dunkirk, NY 14048 • $$

Seafood

Southern Tier

Excellent food with a family atmosphere. Seafood, steaks, sandwiches and soups. All made with fresh ingredients. ...

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WNY Bars & Restaurants That Permanently Closed in 2022


Closed

810 Meadworks

113 W Center St Medina, New York 14103 • $

Brewery

Other

Bar

At 810 Meadworks, we start with honey, and make mead with black currants, pomegranates, cucumbers, coffee beans, ghost chilis, tea leaves, hops, lavender ...

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Temporarily Closed
Closed

Armor Inn Tap Room

5381 Abbott Road Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

BBQAmerican

South Towns

Casual Table Service

The Armor Inn, located at the intersection of Abbott and Armor Duells Roads in Hamburg, has been beautifully restored with a spacious first floor dining ...

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Closed

Barney’s Classic + Plant Based Ice Cream

756 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $

Ice CreamVeganPlant-based

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Classic + Plant Based Ice Cream. All Ice Cream & Cones are GF. Elmwood Ave. Buffalo NY. ...

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Bidwell

242 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Bidwell is opening in late January 2022 at 242 Allen Street in Buffalo, NY. It will be an intimate, 12-seat restaurant offering a fine dining experience ...

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Closed

Bocce Club Pizza on Hertel

1488 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

Pizza

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Bocce Club Pizza uses only the freshest and most natural ingredients from 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese to dough made from scratch and hand stretched ...

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Closed

Brennan’s Bowery Bar

4401 Transit Rd Williamsville, New York 14226 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Brennan's Bowery Bar and Restaurant was established in 1888 in New York City. Brennan s is an Irish Pub now bringing The Old Irish Tradition to Williamsville ...

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Closed

Cathode Ray Buffalo

26 Allen St Buffalo, NY 14202 • $

Buffalo

Bar

Cathode Ray has been Buffalo's premiere Gay Bar & Nightclub for over 25 years. We are open every day and feature Video DJ's playing all of your favorite ...

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Closed

Cereal Spot – Hertel

1212 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

Ice Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Providing Cereal, Ice Cream and desserts to Buffalo NY ...

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Closed

Crave Bubble Tea Cafe

5735 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221 • $

North Towns

We offer everything from traditional bubble teas to our own unique custom teas that our customers have come to love! Whether you're stopping for bubble ...

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Closed

Daily Planet Coffee

1862 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

Cafe-Coffee

North Buffalo

Cafe / Coffee Shop

'At Daily Planet Coffee Company, our primary focus is to celebrate coffee and all that it encompasses. Coffee is warm and inviting, and we want to provide ...

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Closed

DBGBs The Deuce

256 Allen St Buffalo, NY 14204 • $

Pub Food

Buffalo

Bar

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Closed

Dos on The Lake

3800 Hoover Rd Blasdell, New York 14219 • $$

MexicanSeafood

Online

Casual Table Service

According to The Hamburg Sun on Jan 20, 2022, "Dos on the Lake will not reopen as a bar/restaurant under current ownership, leaving some wondering what ...

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Temporarily Closed
Closed

Flavors of Allentown

256 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $

Buffalo

Bar

Flavors of Allentown is a brand new addition to the thriving, beautiful neighborhood. It's an inclusive meeting place, ran by a team of amazing women, ...

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Closed

Fry Baby Donuts

336 S Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14201 • $

Plant-basedVeganBakeryPizza

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Fry Baby is a Buffalo based donut company that specializes in handmade vegan donuts. 100% PLANT BASED AND HANDMADE DONUTS, PIZZA AND PASTRIES ...

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Closed

Get Smoked

1418 Hertel Ave Buffalo, NY 14216 • $$

BBQ

Online

Casual Table Service

Smoked meats and handheld sliders with  unique topping that won’t find anywhere else in Buffalo. Join the wave or get left behind with your taste Buds. ...

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Closed

Great Wall

914 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Asian

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Great Wall is a Chinese restaurant in Buffalo, New York offering all your Chinese favorites. Only accepts phone orders, please call directly. ...

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Closed

Hamlin House

432 Franklin Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

SOB says: I'm a sucker for stunning old Italianate style mansions with food. To me the Hamlin House is like a slice of Buffalo chopped and served on a ...

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Closed

IRUSU Noodles and Sushi

110 Webster St North Tonawanda, NY 14120 • $

AsianJapanese-Sushi

Online

Take Out Only, Ghost Restaurant

Offering Chef crafted noodles & sushi. Place your order on-line. We will let you in, but you need to take it to go. All orders are for Pick-up ...

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Closed

Local Kitchen and Beer Bar

88 W Chippewa St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBuffalo Food

Online

Casual Table Service

Step Out's 2 cents: Local Kitchen $ Beer bar is a new tribute to local food and beer in Buffalo. A huge selection of local beer on tap and handsome ...

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Closed

Lumber City Winery and Bistro

889 Erie Ave. North Tonawanda, NY 14120 • $$

Niagara County

Lumber City Winery & Bistro offers a collection of contemporary Italian infused cuisine and American comfort food. We take pride in using our local ...

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Closed

My Dad’s Bar & Restaurant

6850 Main St Buffalo, New York 14221 • $$

AmericanBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

North Towns

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

My Dad's Bar $ Restaurant is full service. We offer diners dine-in, carry-out Breakfast, lunch and dinner. We offer a diverse menu including steaks, seafood, ...

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Closed

Nola Buffalo

297 Franklin St Buffalo , NY 14202 • $

CajunCreoleSouthern

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Owners of The Quarter have opened a New Orleans style restaurant with live music in the former Bambino Kitchen & Bar building next to The Dinosaur.   ...

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Closed

Roots Coffee and Tea

1685 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

Cafe-Coffee

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Cafe / Coffee Shop

We curate a seasonal menu of coffees from quality-focused roasters that rotate as we find new and exciting things to share. These coffees express dynamic ...

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Closed

Sato Brewpub

110 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AsianBreweryJapanese-Sushi

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Brewpub, Japanese restaurant with small plates, yakitori, izakaya, ramen, brewery. A Word from Sato Brewpub We are a small brewpub $ Japanese izakaya ...

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Closed

Solidays

6935 Ward Road, Niagara Falls NY Niagara County, New York 14304 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersPizzaPub Food

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Soliday's is a locally-owned $ operated restaurant. Our promise: to maintain above standard cuisine! Soliday's has perfected 'Bar Food'. But we know it ...

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Closed

Squire’s Tap Room

127 Niagara Street Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $$

North Towns

Squire’s Tap Room is a restaurant in Tonawanda, NY that has a little bit for everyone. A place where people can take their family and enjoy a great ...

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Closed

The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar

367 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY, United States Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

The Black Sheep Restaurant $ Bar is truly a WNY stand out, not only in their uniquely fine cuisine, but their 'unrelenting commitment to locally sourced ...

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Closed

The Chocolate Bar

114 Chippewa Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

New AmericanPizzaSeafoodWine Bar

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

We have a passion for great food and desserts. Combine our incredible drinks, a sexy hip atmosphere and a trendy location and that's the Chocolate Martini ...

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Closed

The Healthy Scratch – Buffalo General Medical Center

100 High Street Buffalo, NY 14203 • $

Juice BarHealth Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The Healthy Scratch serves smoothies, acai bowls, a wide assortment of fresh cold pressed juices, salads, wraps, overnight oatmeal, yogurts and other healthy ...

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Closed

The Healthy Scratch – Harborcenter

7 Scott Street Buffalo, New York 14203 • $

Deli-SandwichesJuice BarVeganVegetarianHealth Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The Healthy Scratch serves smoothies, acai bowls, a wide assortment of fresh cold pressed juices, salads, wraps, overnight oatmeal, yogurts and other ...

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Closed

The Healthy Scratch – Roswell Park

Carlton Street at Michigan Avenue Buffalo, NY 14263 • $

Juice BarHealth Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The Healthy Scratch serves smoothies, acai bowls, a wide assortment of fresh cold pressed juices, salads, wraps, overnight oatmeal, yogurts and other healthy ...

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Closed

The Llama Dive Arcade

26 Virginia Pl Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

CajunCreole

Buffalo

Dive Bar

A late night bar-cade with Zo's Late Night Kitchen inside. Game room that includes, a customized Sabre's Bubble Hockey, Pool Table, 3 Dart Boards, Shuffleboard, ...

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Closed

Tokyo II

2236 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AsianJapanese-Sushi

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Tokyo II Dine-in and take out, Tokyo II is now serving beer,wine $ sake. ...

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Temporarily Closed
Closed

W.T. BBQ

4224 Maple Road Ste 122 Amherst, New York 14226 • $$

AsianBBQChinese

North Towns

We are the only authentic spot in Buffalo that specializes in Xinjiang (Northwest) Chinese style BBQ skewers. W.T. in Chinese stands for What The. BBQ ...

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Closed

Water Street Landing

115 S. Water St. Lewiston , New York 14092 • $$

Seafood

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Whether you are in the mood for a Surf & Turf with a fine bottle of wine, or a Fish Fry with a cold brew, Water Street Landing can match your ...

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Temporarily Closed
Closed

Water Valley Inn

6656 Gowanda State Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSeafood

South Towns

Casual Table Service

The Water Valley Inn has been affectionately known as the ditch by locals since the 18 Mile was a trickle; more because it's in the valley than anything, ...

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