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    Anchor Bar coming to downtown Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Those who could not point out Western New York on a map may still be familiar with what are among its chief cultural exports – chicken wings and Niagara Falls.

    The two will be within blocks of each other by Nov. 10, when the Merani Hotel Group will open an Anchor Bar franchise inside its Holiday Inn on Buffalo Avenue.

    The development was first announced by Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti during a Gazette-sponsored debate at the Main Street public library on Monday. It was confirmed Tuesday by Merani Hotel Group’s Vice President of Operations, Michael Marsh.

    Niagara Falls trolley service starts today (this past Friday)

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    The Niagara Falls Trolley will begin service to guests staying in participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels starting today.

    Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

    Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. Trolley stops in downtown Niagara Falls are located at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Boulevard, and Buffalo Avenue.

    Niagara Falls hotel owner may build another hotel next door

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The owners of the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in downtown Niagara Falls have acquired the neighboring lot and may build another hotel there. Read More…

    Ambitious plans for Buffalo Ave. in Niagara Falls unveiled to public

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    An ambitious proposal for the future of an industrial corridor in Niagara Falls was unveiled Tuesday night. Architecture firm LaBella Associates presented to the public long-term proposals for Buffalo Avenue. Read More…

    GLYNN: Work zones welcoming Niagara Falls tourists

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The welcome mat is out for another tourist season but neither side of the border seems dressed up for the occasion. In fact, at a glance you have the impression neither of the cataract cities was expecting company.

    For starters, Terrapin Point on Goat Island that overlooks the Horseshoe Falls is a mess. Even near the Buffalo Avenue entrance to the island, construction and warning signs are more prevalent then helpful directional markers.

    Not much has changed around One Niagara either, with the overall scene reminiscent of honky-tonk atmosphere on New Jersey boardwalks. And motorists need to slow down or they’re likely to hit a flag-waving parking lot attendant trying the lure them into an all-day spot for $10. It’s hardly what a visitor should encounter at the doorstep to the nation’s oldest state park. If you listen closely, you might even hear Fredrick Law Olmsted spinning above the din.

    Across the bridge — if the visitor from the U.S. is lucky enough to have a passport and some other ID — a massive redevelopment of a 9-acre Clifton Hill site is under way, set to open in 2017.

    Robert Moses rehab to connect tourists to N.F.

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    After years of wishful thinking, a one-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway leading directly to Niagara Falls may get a makeover that makes it more tourist and pedestrian-friendly.

    The Western New York Regional Economic Council has agreed to allocate $10 million from the “Buffalo Billion” to help finance the $15 million project. The remaining $5 million is expected to come from federal dollars secured by Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins.

    The project, which could get underway next year, will take a portion of the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue and turn it from a high-speed roadway into a thoroughfare with pedestrian-friendly medians and attractive landscaping.

    Chain restaurants drawn to Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Many people who work and play in downtown Niagara Falls were pleasantly surprised to see a TGI Fridays open in the Sheraton at the Falls hotel in June.

    But Faisal Merani saw the move coming. The Canadian hotelier soon announced his own plans to fill a major gap in downtown dining with a key component: more chains.

    “We just had one open up, but I think the city could do five or six more without blinking an eye,” Merani recently told the city’s development board.

    His plans to attract a chain restaurant to his Holiday Inn at First Street and Buffalo Avenue, along with the DiCienzo family’s renovation of the Sheraton property, has local officials noting advantages and drawbacks of chain restaurants.

    The chains also have tourism and development officials pointing at a steadily expanding downtown hotel market that has caught the interest of major developers from Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Falls hotel to get funds for retail, restaurant

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A Canadian hotelier currently refurbishing two Buffalo Avenue hotels will receive $1.1 million in city and state money to bring retail and possibly a chain restaurant to one of them.

    Faisal Merani plans to spend $3.8 million to expand the restaurant and retail area of his Holiday Inn at First Street and Buffalo Avenue, near the Rainbow Boulevard roundabout downtown.

    Canadian Developers Bullish On Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Thursday evening, the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Niagara Falls will have its grand opening.

    “It’s a smart place to invest money,” said Faisal Merani.

    Merani and his family are investing a lot of money in Niagara Falls, New York.

    They are hotel developers from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    2 On Your Side first spoke with Merani about 18 months ago when his family had just bought two hotels- The Fallside and the old Red Jacket Inn, both on Buffalo Avenue.

    The Red Jacket was in pretty rough shape back then.

    But over the past year, the Meranis have spent seven million dollars to totally re-do the place.

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