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Medina’s ‘small-town culinary and cultural renaissance’ highlighted by Buffalo News

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 March 2019 at 3:51 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Jonathan Oakes, the winemaker at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in Medina, serves wine during the third annual Farm-to-Table dinner last Aug. 2 in downtown Medina.

MEDINA – Medina’s restaurant and cultural scene is getting a big spread in the Gusto section of The Buffalo News. It’s the kind of publicity that should bring more people to visit the community’s restaurants and businesses.

An article posted online today by Francesca Bond has the headline, “Inside Medina’s Small-Town Culinary and Cultural Renaissance.” Click here to see the article.

It highlights Mariachi De Oro, the Shirt Factory Café, Zambistro, 810 Meadworks, Fitzgibbon’s, Sourced Market and Eatery, and Mile 303. The article also highlights the efforts to renovate the former Bent’s Opera House, turning it into a restaurant, hotel and cultural center.

Many of the restaurants and projects are led by young adults like Alix Gilman and her husband Scott Robinson, owners of the Shirt Factory Café, a coffee and cocktail bar. Gilman and Robinson are described as two people who grew up in Medina, went away for college and a career, and returned to open a business in their hometown.

The article also notes Medina’s very popular farm-to-table dinner that sells out within an hour every year. The Orleans Renaissance Group organizes the dinner on a block-off section of Main Street. Last year 220 people attended the event.

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