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August 3, 2013

Change on Webster Street

Café, art gallery to close; deli, photographers to move in


Tonawanda News — David Paonessa and his wife Risa, who own Risa’s Restaurant and Catering at 285 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, officially took over the café Thursday, although it’s going to take a little retrofitting before a projected opening the first week of September.

The new location — named Risa and David’s — will feature breakfast and lunch with an Italian spin, as well as corporate catering, David Paonessa said.

The Paonessa have a background in the deli/restaurant business, he said. His wife’s grandparents owned a New-York-style deli in what is now Washington Square, and her father owned a deli on Hertel Avenue for about 35 years. 

Risa’s opened on Hertel, then moved into its current location about four years ago, David Paonessa said.

“We were looking for a second location and a lot of people were saying, ‘Why don’t you try North Tonawanda?’ “ he said. “So here we are.”

On the other side of Hodgepodge, the current exhibit at Partners in Art Gallery — “Three Cousins: The Work of Angelo F. LaDuca, Thomas A. Insana and Marilyn Wilson,” opening Saturday — will be the last in that location.

Glenna Sternin of Partners in Art said the business’ classes, workshops, frame shop and art supply shop will remain in their location at 71 to 81 Webster St., with some exhibits taking place at the River Art Gallery next door.

“That takes us back where we started, because we used to be in that building,” she said. “It’s exciting, but gee, I hate moving. Still, it’ll be good.”

Starting Sept. 1, 74 Webster St. will be the home of Argento Photography, which is owned by Mike and Jill Argento, which was formerly located in the Remington Rand building on Sweeney Street. Mike Argento said they’re locating forward to the new location.

“We love how open it is,” he said. “We love what’s around it, the street, the different shops. I think Partners in Art is a good complement to have near us, across the street.

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