2 Buffalo restaurants selected as finalists for national award

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two Buffalo restaurants are in the running as finalists for a prestigious national accolade: a James Beard Award.

Southern Junction and Waxlight Bar à Vin were both selected as finalists for separate categories alongside four other restaurants from around the U.S.

Southern Junction’s Ryan Fernandez is up for the Emerging Chef award, while Waxlight Bar à Vin is nominated for the Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program award. The winners in each category will be unveiled on June 10 at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony in Chicago.

The two Buffalo eateries were announced as semi-finalists for the awards in January. You can view a video story on that announcement above.

To see the full list of James Beard Award finalists in every category, click here.

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