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More Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin, and other restaurant news from around Western New York

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Larkin Square is extending its Food Truck Tuesdays, welcoming popular Rochester food trucks back to the unparalleled collection of street food options the event represents.

Larkin’s Tuesday night food truck events will be extended through tomorrow night and Oct. 1, said Larkin’s Leslie Zemsky. Past Tuesdays have seen about 20 food trucks and carts at the event, she said. That collection of eats options, all in one spot, rivals major festivals and fairs.

The regular contingent of Buffalo trucks at the 5 p.m. event (745 Seneca St., 362-2665, has been joined by Rochester standouts Brick N Motor, Hello Arepa, The Meatball Truck, and new this week: Macarollin.

* Merge (439 Delaware Ave., 842-0600,, one of Buffalo’s standouts in organic vegetarian cuisine, is helping raise money for an organic farming group on Sept. 28. 

That night, 15 percent of the restaurant’s revenue will be donated to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). It’s part of the organization’s Locavore Challenge, a monthlong series of events designed to “inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities held around the state and online.” Learn more at

* Essex Street Pub will start serving a dinner menu of Bavarian classics, plus the revamped bar’s extensive burger and smoker-centric tavern menu, owner James “Macky” Moberly said.

Plates on the Bavarian menu are $12, and they’re scheduled to run Sept. 27 through Oct. 11. They include jagerschnitzel, breaded pork cutlets fried to order, with a rich mushroom gravy; Bavarian goulash, a German beef, onion and red wine stew; smoked Spar’s German bratwursts, from Spar’s European Sausage. Plates include warm German potato salad, cold cucumber salad, sauerkraut and bread.

* Delhi Chaat (3545 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, 837-3038, has reopened after renovations, owner Bobby Varun said.

 * Closed recently: Sonoma Grille, Main Street, Amherst; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga. Zonies, the calzone delivery specialist, has closed its Eggert Road, Amherst location. Phone calls to other locations went unreturned.

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