Andale Cantina will open a third location; Pizza Hut returns | Local News

A Mexican restaurant is expanding in a bustling corner of Williamsville

The owners of Andale Cantina want to break up the concept of the traditional Mexican American restaurant as part of their planned third local restaurant for the busy corner of major and through roads in Amherst.

They will do so with a unique food selection, entertainment offerings and an open, modern atmosphere inside the Southern California-style restaurant slated to open in June at the former TGIF and My Dads at 6850 Main St.

Dave Hyou, co-owner, said he would like the restaurant to bring a downtown feel to the area.

“We want to be a game changer,” said Hyou, who often drives past the new location to get to the East Amherst restaurant location on Transit Road. Andale’s other location is on French Road in Depew.

The restaurant will offer made-to-order dishes and cocktails refreshed with homemade herbs, infusions and syrups. There will also be a focus on entertainment with live music and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as bright neon lights and art depicting Mexican culture inside. There will be 200 seats, including outside under a covered terrace on both sides of the restaurant.

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Pizza Hut in Depew is coming

One of 10 locations for Pizza Hut’s return in Western New York has been identified.

A Pizza Hut ‘coming soon’ sign hangs from the window of an old subway in an outside plot of Transit and French Square in Depew. The outdoor plot also includes a Starbucks and Zoom Tan.

Pizza Hut announced earlier this year that 10 restaurants in the area would open under a new franchisee in 2022, but locations have not yet been disclosed. YUM! Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut brand, did not respond to a request for further information.

During the pandemic, Pizza Hut closed the rest of its 17 full-service locations in the Buffalo area. There are still Pizza Hut express locations at Target stores in Depew and Orchard Park.

The new location at the corner of Transit and French Roads is near a former stand-alone Pizza Hut on French Road that is now inhabited by Mexican restaurant Andale.

Pennsylvania mall sold in Kohan in online auction

Mall owner McKinley has expanded its portfolio of mall owners.

According to the Indiana Gazette, the Indiana Mall in Pennsylvania has been acquired by Kohan Retail Investment Group. The article notes that the 43-year-old closed 455,000 square foot regional mall was acquired at an online auction for $6.9 million.

Mike Kohan, who runs the company, has come under fire for his handling of some of his other mall properties, including at the Great Northern Mall in Syracuse, where the property was forced to close twice this year and the county of ‘Onondaga is suing him. for unpaid property taxes.

Five Below arrives at the Walden Galleria

A discount retailer aimed at teens is set to open this spring at Walden Galleria.

Philadelphia-based Five Below, which opened in 2002, will be located on the upper level of the mall in a 9,000 square foot space.

The store offers an assortment of value-priced items such as cell phone cases and chargers, remote control cars, yoga pants, graphic t-shirts, nail polish, footballs and soccer balls and seasonal items in a scavenger hunt-style shopping setting.

Latino’s Cuisine opens a new location at the mall

A restaurant serving Spanish and Caribbean-inspired cuisines is setting up shop at the Walden Galleria.

Latino’s Cuisine, headquartered in Massachusetts, is opening a 1,600-square-foot restaurant this summer at the long-vacant Johnny Rocket’s Restaurant on the mall’s second floor.

It will offer breakfast options, appetizers, lunches and dinners. Eduardo Castillo, owner of Latino’s Cuisine, has worked in the restaurant industry for 27 years.

A hobby shop becomes an event center

The owner of a DIY store has moved to Hamburg and plans to create more of an event center.

James Thomas Wray moved his store, WNY Gaming LLC, from Hamburg Village to the city’s Route 20, where it tripled its space. He plans to install a football pitch and indoor activities in the coming weeks and a YouTube room by the end of the month, while starting to design an escape room.

Credit Union arrives at the old OTB in Lockport

A Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union is being built on a former off-track betting site at a busy Lockport intersection.

The bank is adding a location at 5810 South Transit Road, on the corner of Strauss Road, next to a Taco Bell and across from a square anchored by Tops. The existing 3,400 square foot building will have a new facade and a newly designed interior. Interior demolition is complete. The end product will be a 3,800 square foot cornerstone with a box office building.

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Paolini Enterprises Inc. in Sanborn is proposing to construct five new buildings using part of the former 42-acre Spaulding Fiber factory in the town of Tonawanda that will be leased to small fixture manufacturers and distribution companies.

Before it can move forward with its plans for a redevelopment project, including an apartment complex, along Scajaquada Creek in Buffalo, Savarino Cos. will have a major cleanup job ahead of it after decades of contamination from previous users of the site.

Two Buffalo expats, one who founded Zephyr Partners and the other who owns CrossCountry Mortgage LLC, are offering to cover all funeral expenses up to $50,000 for the 10 victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tops Markets store on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.

Douglas Jemal pledges at least $100,000 for victims’ families of the mass shooting at the Tops Markets store on the east side of Buffalo. He said he would try to reach out to other local businessmen to help raise funds or make the donation himself.

KeyBank has pledged to donate $250,000 from the KeyBank Foundation to support the families of the victims of Saturday’s shooting.

CleanFiber expands Blasdell plant after securing $14 million in debt funding from California-based Lapis Advisers LP, as well as $37 million in previously announced funding.

Tops Markets store on Jefferson Avenue will reopen but first prioritizes its store employees’ access to the advice and support they may need and its customers access to the food they need while the grocer is closed.

Real estate frenzy: The owner of the University Commons office park offers transform the site into no less than 500 apartments, while developer Paul Kolkmeyer forges ahead with his plans to convert downtown apartment buildings Glenny and Marin into condominiums.

Despite the ongoing challenges facing the automotive industry, Buffalo’s ACV Auctions continued to find ways to innovate and grow through its service offerings and as a result recorded a 49% increase in revenue during the first quarter of 2022.

A pair of residential complexes on North Forest and Maple Roads which would bring 300 apartments to the middle of Amherst, the area’s largest suburb, is offered by Bliss Construction and PB Investors.

Buffalo Next reporters Jonathan D. Epstein, Jon Harris, Natalie Brophy, Janet Gramza and Mike Petro contributed to this roundup.


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