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The economic toll of the pandemic shows everywhere, but more so in the hospitality industry, with the lists of laid-off workers, closed hotels and losses of tax revenue locally and across the state.

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The latest development in downtown Buffalo features lofty ceilings, exposed brick and a ground floor café open to the public. That might sound like a hotel or tech start-up, but it’s actually a high school.

The Capriotto Family

Memorial services have been announced for the prominent Orchard Park businessman killed in a helicopter crash last week.

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Two prominent Buffalo-area businessmen were killed in a helicopter crash Thursday night.

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After a contentious meeting of the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday, the board approved a $3 million exterior restoration of the first two floors of the Statler Towers.

A recent study offered two options for the future of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center: the razing of the current facility with new construction on the current site, or a space near KeyBank Center. Jim Fink of Business First has been looking at an option offered by Mark Croce, owner of Statler City, which calls for expansion of the Convention Center. An additional floor would be added and attached across Franklin Street into Statler City. While the proposal isn't perfect, Fink points out how it would avoid the costly expense of land acquisition associated with the other plans.

Kideney Architects, P.C.

With the planned Emerson Two hospitality high school in Buffalo well over a year behind schedule, it took a big leap Wednesday night as the lease for a site was approved by the school board.

Kideney Architects, P.C.

The Buffalo School Board had hoped to open its new restaurant and hospitality high school this fall. However, the earliest possibility is now September of next year, as lease negotiations for a site continue.

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After months of study and a recommendation, on Wednesday night the Buffalo School Board approved a site for its new hospitality school, usually called Emerson Two.

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An old office building in downtown Buffalo, that sat vacant for decades, is now the region's newest boutique hotel, restaurant, and bar.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

It's almost ready. The $24 million adaptive re-use of an office building into a high-end boutique hotel, with the high-end-sounding, historic name bar: the Chez Ami. Hospitality entrepreneur Mark Croce showed off his soon-to-open Curtiss Hotel during a Preservation Buffalo Niagara tour Thursday evening.

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More progress is being made in the restoration of the historic Statler City building. Construction workers are now taking apart the powered scaffold system on the Delaware Avenue side of the structure where they've been repairing terra cotta elements in the facade.

It's up to the Common Council if The Bachelor apartment building at Franklin and Tupper is designated as a landmark. That would seriously interfere with an Ellicott Development plan for a high-rise parking, hotel and apartment complex partly on the side.

Curtiss Building continues transformation into luxury hotel

Oct 5, 2015
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The old Curtiss Building on Franklin Street doesn't look a lot different these days on the outside, but its developer Mark Croce promises it's going to be a truly luxurious hotel.

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Exterior restoration work on the Statler City building on Niagara Square is moving forward, now that $5.3 million in state development funding has been made available to developer Mark Croce.

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A long-vacant landmark building in downtown Buffalo will soon be converted into a luxury hotel.

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There's some good news out of Albany for local economic development in this area, with Governor Cuomo saying he will sign brownfields legislation.

Today marks perhaps the most highly-anticipated restaurant opening in Buffalo history as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opens its doors on Franklin Street downtown.

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Albany is kicking in more than $5 million for the rehab effort of the historic Statler building in downtown Buffalo.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to open in October

Mar 12, 2013

After a long wait, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be coming to downtown Buffalo this fall.

Croce disappointed historic tax credit increase stalled

Dec 13, 2012
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A prominent Buffalo developer say he is disappointed to learn that Governor Andrew Cuomo will likely put his veto pen to the Historic Tax Credit bill. 

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The historic Statler Towers in downtown Buffalo still looks a little tattered outside and the safety scaffolding remains in place in case more of the outside falls off.  But the proprietor, Buffalo developer Mark Croce, says things are going well inside.   

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que chooses downtown Buffalo location

Jul 16, 2012

It's the news that Buffalo barbeque lovers have been waiting to hear for years.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, the much beloved Rochester and Syracuse eatery, has signed a long-term lease in downtown Buffalo, with a goal of opening its doors next summer. 

Dinosaur CEO John Stage has chosen a 6,000+ square foot building at 301 Franklin Street that can accommodate around 180 diners.  The building is owned by local developer Mark Croce.  Croce says the lease allows Dinosaur creative license to customize the site to meet their needs.