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Rooffer rises. Roof falls in.

   Good News Quote of the Day:
   "I didn't want to move to Florida."
- Roofing business finds home in WNY - David Robinson/The Buffalo News
   ... That was enough to convince IBG executives, who now believe the West Seneca site can put Kemper System in a position to handle all of the demands of its U.S. customers, while reducing delivery times....
   Kemper now has 10 employees at its West Seneca facility, with plans to increase the work force by 25 to 30 people within the next 18 months. The company, which has invested $3 million to equip the former Excel Precision factory, will make roofing, waterproofing and surfacing products in the facility

   Bad News Quote of the Day:
   “And nobody is going to drop his wife off a block away at night in this neighborhood.”Taproom
- For iconic blues bar, the song has ended - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News
   The Lafayette Tap Room, an iconic downtown blues bar and restaurant, closed its doors Saturday.
   The Washington Street mainstay has hosted local and national music acts for roughly three decades. Dick Manke, one of the Tap Room’s owners, said the legendary blues room has suffered since the street was closed for construction back in December.

   Which is related to:
- Hotel Lafayette closing April 1 - Brian Meyer/The Buffalo News
   When the Hotel Lafayette shuts down April 1, it will be the first time in 106 years the downtown landmark will be empty, business leaders say, and its planned renovation could be derailed....
   Rocco R. Termini, the developer seeking public subsidies to help orchestrate the purchase and a $35 million makeover of the building, said his plans for apartments, a boutique hotel and banquet facilities are jeopardized by Albany. He said his project hinges on changes in state regulations that would allow developers to sell tax credits to banks and insurers, who are among the biggest potential buyers.
   But if the Hotel Lafayette remains shuttered for a long period, Termini said, the structure could be unsavable.

   Good for IBG. But you can't drink roof tar.
   [Blues purists might object. But somehow this seems appropriate:]

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
[Photo: Willie Haddath opened the Blues, Bikes&BBQ festival in 2007 at the Lafayette Tap Room. Buffalo News by Harry Scull Jr.] 



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