George Steinbrenner's Buffalo Connection

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 11:28 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- George Steinbrenner announced he was buying the New York Yankees ...

... in Buffalo, NY.

"He announced his purchase of the Yankees from the Round Table Restaurant," said Howard Goldman, who owns the building the restaurant once occupied.

Steinbrenner was part owner of The Round Table on the top floor at 153 Delaware Avenue, a popular hangout back then for politicians, judges and even mobsters.

"He was here a lot. He hung out a lot," Goldman said. "My understanding is they all had a lot of fun here."

Steinbrenner died of a heart attack on Tuesday. He was 80.