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7/19/16-Vertus High School expands with new building

Vertus High School, a year-round charter boys’ high school, opens its new building to the public on Saturday.

The school is in a converted manufacturing space on Humboldt Street at Culver Road. The $4 million renovation includes classroom space, a cafeteria, computer labs and a soon-to-be completed gym.

“We could not be prouder or more grateful than we are,” said co-founder Perry White, who works as the school’s director of external affairs. “It’s designed for our unique program.”

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5/11/16-City Tavern to bring southern Florida feel to Victor

VICTOR — The owner of two popular Rochester restaurants will soon breathe new life into the now-defunct TGI Friday’s on Route 96 in Victor. And plans are to add a 2,000-square-foot patio to bring a southern Florida feel to upstate New York.

Webster resident Mike Tascione, owner of Hooligan’s Eastside Grill and City Grill in Rochester, was joined Tuesday by Alan Russell, the future director of operations at the new restaurant — City Tavern.

At a Victor Town Planning Board meeting the two laid out plans to resurrect the former TGI Friday’s at 7635 Route 96, near Victor Crossing shopping center. A key element in their casual upscale dining venue, they said, will be a 20-by-112-foot partially covered patio with plush furniture and fire pits on the east side of the building, facing Route 96. “There’s nothing like it in all of Rochester,” said Russell. “Everybody envies our patio downtown, and this patio is going to be better than that. It’s like your living room.” City Tavern, which is not a franchise operation, will be affordable to all walks of life, Russell said. “People will be able to get a pizza and a $20 bottle of wine, or get a $50 steak and a $200 bottle of wine,” he said.

Dave Cox of engineering firm Passero Associates said Tascione and Russell plan to rehab the existing structure and “dress it up.” Inside, patrons will see a lot of stone and brick, along with another fire pit. A pizza oven will anchor the middle of the restaurant, from behind the bar. Planning Board Vice Chair Joe Logan applauded the architectural elements brought in by the new owners. “With the sloped roof and stone, you guys did a nice job,” said Logan. “It’s a nice improvement to the building, and a good use of the property.” Planning Board member Al Galina was pleased the existing building will be upgraded and put to good use, rather than left empty. “About 50 percent of our clientele lives out this way,” said Russell. “They’re super excited for us to move out here so they can have city dining during the week.” Tascione is shooting for a mid-August opening, he said.


2/20/16-Hot tamale: Qdoba finally makes its debut in Niagara Falls

The first of at least three Buffalo Niagara regional Qdoba Mexican Eats is slated to open on Feb. 25.
Qdoba will be opening in Benderson Development’s LaSalle Center shopping center. Qboda is one of several national fast-food chains to make come online in recent months, another example of how national retailers and restaurant operators moving into the region. Qdoba is coming to Niagara Falls in late February.

“Qdoba is extremely committed to the communities where we do business, and we are excited to introduce Western New Yorkers to the restaurant for the first time,” said Josephine Chang, Qdoba Brand Manager, New Markets.

Besides the Niagara Falls location, Qboda will be opening in other Benderson-owned plazas near the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and Boulevard Mall area in Amherst. A Transit Road site is also under consideration.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), Qdboda is known for such items as a three-cheese Queso and hand-smashed guacamole.
Qdoba has been one of the most sought after national chains by local residents.
It is possible, Qboda’s local success may open the door for Jack in the Box to enter the Buffalo Niagara marketplace.

Qdoba has already established local ties, creating a partnership with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on its Feb. 25 opening day, 20 percent of all net sales will be donated to the hospital, officials said.

Founded in 1995, Qdoba has more than 600 restaurants in 47 states and Canada.

source: Buffalo Business First