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Brutus Beefcake enjoying his time in Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

One of the most beloved superstars in wrestling history enjoyed a nice and relaxing weekend in Niagara Falls.

Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake was in town to attend the Falls View Hose Brigade’s two-day pop culture trivia night.

The event began with an evening that was open to the public Friday, and concluded with an evening just for members of the Dunn Street club Saturday.

But in between asking and answering trivia questions, the man known for his steel shears and unique outfits as one of the sports-entertainment’s most memorable characters throughout the 1980s and ’90s, took in some of the city’s attractions.

“There’s lots of restaurants and cool stuff to do, and chill out and relax,” said Beefcake.

Niagara Falls tourism fee called ‘ridiculous’ as some businesses make it mandatory

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From CBC News:

Every year, millions of people flock to Niagara Falls, Ont., shelling out hundreds of dollars for hotels, restaurants and attractions clustered around the towering falls. But at some businesses, visitors are finding a contentious tourism fee is now a mandatory part of their bill.

CBC’s Marketplace, which has looked into the tourism fee before, returned to Niagara Falls with hidden cameras in January to see how things have changed after receiving dozens of complaints from consumers about the fee.

Time for province to tackle DMF mess in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Last spring, my cohort Ray Spiteri and I did a three-part series on the Destination Marketing Fee, the notorious tourism fee several Niagara Falls hotels and restaurants have been charging since 2004.

In recent years, the fee – up to 10 per cent in some places – has angered countless tourists. And with good reason: There still isn’t accountability for it. Businesses collect the money, but do not remit it to a proper tourism agency or association. We are supposed to take their word for it that it goes toward tourism-related projects.

You can see why this is a problem. And why it hurts the industry as a whole.

Major changes for Clifton Hill

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Expect to see some multi-million dollar changes taking place near the top of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls.

Older buildings like the Comfort Inn are slated for demolition, businesses like Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and Kelsey’s Restaurant are being renovated or expanded, and new interactive entertainment features are being added to the mix.

“Once the Comfort Inn is removed we will have a four-acre site available and that’s going to be expansion for our Clifton Hill entertainment facilities,” said Harry Oakes, president of Hoco Limited, that owns and operates a number of attractions, restaurants and shops on the south side of the street.

The Comfort Inn closed early last month, all the essential services were cut off on Monday, and large excavators were expected to be on site Wednesday or Thursday to begin taking down the building.

“We are going to be busy this winter so we are just cranking up right now,” said Oakes. “It’s kind of the next phase in our multi-plan, master plan that we have for the whole site. The construction that is going to take place over the next several months is about 20,000-square feet of renovations and about 30,000-square feet of new buildings, along with extensive streetscape site work.”

The WORKS Gourmet Burget Bistro Coming to Victoria Ave.

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The WORKS, a popular burger restaurant will be opening this year on Victoria Ave.

The closest operating location is one city over in St. Catharines, and is very successful. Diners have tons of options to choose from including type of meat, toppings, and even bread.

For more information, check out this link:

The WORKS

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Niagaralicious offers tasty dining options

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From Bullet News Niagara:

If you know someone coming to visit our city, here’s a program you, and they should know about:

Falls Avenue Resort has just launched Niagaralicious, a brand-new culinary experience that offers guests and locals the opportunity to enjoy specially crafted dinner menus at some of the city’s best restaurants.

In the program, guests can choose to pair a special dining experience with first-rate accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview and indulge in a truly unique Niagara Falls experience – or just make awesome dinner reservations.

Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls

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Someone with a blog called “A Penchant for Travelling” visited Niagara Falls recently and posted about their trip (including pictures):

The famous tourist area in Niagara Falls is called Clifton Hill, where there are many hotels, restaurants and shops for tourists visiting Niagara Falls. I think it was the only time we stayed near to so many shops and restaurants for this trip haha.

Besides exploring the area after watching the illumination of lights at the Falls, we also browsed around the area after the exciting Maid of the Mist boat tour and had our lunch there before leaving for Toronto in the afternoon.

Savor: A touch of class in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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From the Buffalo News:

Ten years ago, when my job included reporting developments – or lack thereof – in downtown Niagara Falls, I was often asked where to find the best meal within a walk of the famed cataracts. My answers made hungry people sad.

Three weeks ago, I found myself eating at a fine dining, white-tablecloth place two blocks from the park. A restaurant with a chef’s table and a tasting menu and a polite young sommelier with a French accent.

This is Niagara Falls, N.Y., now.

I’d read the stories about the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute opening in the former Rainbow Mall, home to state-of-the-art classrooms for the culinary students of Niagara County Community College plus restaurants, a pastry shop and a wine boutique. (See accompanying Cheap Eats review on Page 17.) But it didn’t really hit me until we sat down at Savor.

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.

Niagara Falls gift certificates available Costco

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Back in 2009 I posted a picture on Twitter of a gift certificate available at Costco for the Skylon Tower. The other day when I was there a took a few more pictures. There are a few more options if you are looking for deals on Niagara Falls restaurants or passes. You can buy $100 worth of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or Remington’s for $80. Getting 20% off isn’t bad! There is also something called a Power Pass which seems to offer you admission to a lot of attractions.

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