Odds and Ends

More on Willow: This coming soon spot now has a Web site up, which describes the cuisine as "combining the finest available American ingredients with traditional French and Italian techniques in an artful, yet straightforward 'Modern Continental' style." That's quite a mouthful. Also, in keeping tabs on a hometown girl, The Buffalo News (via a donrockwell.com post) reported that Willow will open Sept. 6, "the same day that ... O'Grady will be married to Brian Wo[l]ken, director of operations for the new restaurant ... . After the ceremony, she'll change from her bridal gown to chefs' whites and prepare dinner for 500 customers." Talk about having a lot on your plate ...

Restaurant Week Extensions: If you missed the chance to take advantage of Restaurant Week, check out the few places that are extending the deal. Please comment if you know of others.
• Oya: Lunch and dinner Sundays through Thursdays until Sept. 1
• Corduroy: Lunch through Friday, Aug. 12, and dinner through Saturday, Aug. 13 (reservations required)
• 701: Lunch and dinner through Sunday, Aug. 14
• Butterfield 9: Lunch and dinner through Sunday, Aug. 14
• Ortanique: Dinner through Saturday, Aug. 13
• Finemondo: Lunch and dinner through Saturday, Aug. 13
• Tuscana West: Lunch and dinner through Saturday, Aug. 13

Vacation Time: Congressmen aren't the only ones leaving town this month. The List reports that the following restaurants are taking short vacations:
CityZen: Aug. 21-Sept. 9
Charlie Palmer Steak: Aug. 7-24
• Cashion's Eat Place: Aug. 22-Sept. 6
• Johnny's Half Shell: Aug. 21-Sept. 6
• Maestro: Til Sept. 8