Changes to Waterfront Plan, Restaurants Offer Deals

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM EDT

Business First says a revamped plan is in the works for Canalside. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has decided to scale back the water element on the eastern side, between Main and Washington, and behind the One Canalside building. Instead of a block-long waterway where people could skate in the winter and kayak in the summer, a smaller reflecting pond will be constructed along with a mini-urban park. Officials say feedback prompted the changes and the public will find shade, green space and fun space. The work should be finished by next fall.

200 locally owned restaurants are taking part in Restaurant Week across Western New York. The promotion started in 2009, when 60 restaurants took part to try and get people in their doors during a slow season. Now it has become a semi-annual staple for local restaurants to show off what they offer and to lure customers back on a regular basis. Organizers say money spent at local restaurants cycles through the local economy at a stronger rate than dining at chain restaurants. 47,000 people work at restaurants and hotels in WNY. This week, participating restaurants are offering specials at a fixed price of $20.12 through October 21.

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