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Take 2 shipping containers, add some hot dogs, and you get a new Buffalo venture

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What do you get when you connect some old shipping containers once used on ocean-going vessels? In Buffalo you get a new two-story restaurant. One called Dog e Style, to be precise.

It's a gourmet hot dog emporium that is the brainchild of Rocco Termini, a local developer whose Signature Development firm previously created the Ellicott Lofts, Ellicott Commons and IS Lofts projects in the same block of Genesee Street. Last fall, he purchased the vacant parcel at 128 Genesee from the city for a mere $2,000.

Termini will have Mike Andrzejewski, who already runs the nearby Tappo Restaurant on Elicott Street, run Dog e Style when it opens in mid-August. He envisions a menu of only hot dogs and traditional sides such as fries an onion rings. But, the dogs will be a wide variety -- chicken, beef, pork, venison, duck and more. He also has applied for a liquor license for the restaurant.

Dog e Style's location appears to have a lot of potential for the lunch crowd and the night owls alike. It is located is at the edge of the Theater and Chippewa districts, across from Genesee Gateway and the under-development Catholic Health Administrative Center at Genesee and Oak streets.

Incidentally, the name "Dog e Style" is not an original one. There is a restaurant with the same moniker on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Termini, a graduate of Canisius College, rarely has only one project in development at a time. Last month, he was one of the bidders hoping to buy and redevelop the downtown Market Arcade movie complex owned by the city. Whoever is awarded the contract to acquire the historic property will be faced with the need to upgrade the technology at the seven-screen facility. It is estimated that simply replacing the theater’s 35mm projections with state-of-the-art digital systems could cost $60,000 or more, a price the city said it could not afford.

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