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Local restaurateur still wants to expand his Outer Harbor restaurant

With a year-round restaurant having just opened on Buffalo's Inner Harbor, a local restaurateur says he still wants to expand his Outer Harbor restaurant to year-round operation. 

Tucker Curtin owns Dug's Dive at the NFTA's Small Boat Harbor.  The property belongs to the authority now, although that may change soon.

Last year, Curtin talked to the NFTA about staying open all year. He wasn't allowed to, even though he has a year-round lease.  Now, Curtin is talking to the agency again about Dug's Dive being a winter and summer operation.

"We're hoping to talk and try to work something out whether they are there as our landlord or it gets transferred to another entity.  If we were to stay open year-round, we would need approval for that now so we could start getting our ducks in a row," said Curtin.

Curtin says the building is heated and ready for year-round operation, but noted there are other problems including who will own the land with the authority and who will plow the parking lot on some winter waterfront days.

 

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.