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    Striking workers at Niagara Falls’ Rainforest Café secure first contract

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After 80 days on strike, the workers at Rainforest Café on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls and the restaurant’s owners have been ordered to enter into a first contract.

    The order came from Ontario Labour Relations Board vice-chair Patrick Kelly, who issued the decision late in the afternoon Wednesday stating he knew it was a difficult process.

    The workers, represented by Workers United Local 2347, walked off the job April 7 after they had been unable to reach a collective agreement with management a year after workers voted to unionize.

    Gov. Proposes Buying Downtown NF Properties

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    For the first time in a very long time, there are signs of life in downtown Niagara Falls.

    On Rainbow Boulevard, construction crews have been working around the clock to build Mark Hamister’s $35 million Hyatt Place hotel, set to open later this year. The world-famous Rainforest Café opened on Old Falls Street in 2015, and a few years before that, the downtown corridor welcomed the launch of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The Robert Moses Parkway, with its prime riverfront location, will be more accessible due to a reconfiguration project funded through the state’s Buffalo Billion investment program.

    In his State of the State speech last week at the University at Buffalo, Gov. Cuomo credited the state’s Buffalo Billion investment for creating $200 million in additional private-sector investment.

    Then, as he unveiled the second phase of the Buffalo Billion, the governor announced a proposal for even more state investment.

    “We’ll acquire underutilized property in downtown Niagara Falls,” Cuomo said. “So we can free up that land that has been locked up for too long and actually have productive commercial activity developed on it that capitalizes on the growth.”

    Rainforest Cafe officially brings the jungle to Old Falls Street

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    From the Niagara Gazette (a little old, but still worth mentioning):

    Niagara Falls just got a bit wilder.
    The new Rainforest Cafe, located within the Sheraton Hotel and operated by NFNY Hotel Management, held its grand opening on Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was attended by several local officials including Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who cut the ribbon.
    The jungle themed eatery will not only give locals and tourists an exciting, family-friendly place to enjoy a meal, but will also act as a tourist attraction in and of itself.
    “We are very proud to bring the Rainforest Cafe to Niagara Falls,” said the restaurant’s general manager, Clayton Cobb. “It will be an awesome attraction for our local guests, but also for our out-of-town visitors. It’s always a wild place to shop and eat.”

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    Rainforest Cafe opening in Niagara Falls

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    The Rainforest Cafe is expanding its local footprint by adding a second location — this time on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls.
    Canadian Niagara Hotels, owners of the Sheraton at the Falls complex in Niagara Falls, N.Y., are bringing a Rainforest Cafe to their property. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant, which will overlook Third Street and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Resort property, is expected to open by May.

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    Biz beat: Investing in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The New York side of Niagara Falls will never be what the Canadian side is, says Michael DiCienzo.

    And the Niagara Falls developer understands that.

    But it’s not deterring his company from plunking down $50 million on hotels and attractions on the US side.

    “That could easily double,” says the Canadian Niagara Hotels developer. “The state of the city is really pro development right now. You can do a lot over there that can play to the size and scale of that market.”

    DiCienzo’s company owns eight hotels in Canada — seven in Niagara Falls — including various attractions like the Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood and the building housing Casino Niagara. He estimates his company has spent $800 million on Canadian development.

    It’s been operating an affiliate company, Niagara Resorts, on the American side for almost 25 years and currently own two hotels and two restaurants.

    His group is the first and largest group of Canadian investors in Niagara Falls, N.Y., although there are others dedicated to revamping older properties.

    By fall, DiCienzo says he expects to start seeing changes on that side.

    Rainforest Cafe threatens suit against animal advocates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadian Niagara Hotels has threatened a local animal advocacy group with legal action if it doesn’t remove online postings claiming mistreatment of animals at the Rainforest Cafe.

    Last month, Marineland Animal Defense (MAD) posted on its website and Facebook page that an employee at the Clifton Hill theme restaurant said a number of fish had been removed from a 5,500-gallon aquarium after a crack had formed in a tank.

    According to MAD, a local group that advocates for the end of animal captivity at Marineland, several horse-eye jack fish died during the transfer process and a white-tip reef shark was being housed in a pool that is inadequate for the animal.

    The Niagara Falls Humane Society inspected the facility Jan. 3 and deemed the temporary housing met the standards of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    “It’s not my intent to get into a debate with the principals of that association, but I wanted to be on record that we’re dealing with these animals very responsibly,” Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, said of the group’s claims.

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