Schwabl's Restaurant Celebrates 175th Anniversary

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, N.Y (WKBW) Schwabl's restaurant in West Seneca gets customers from around the world who are eager to try their signature dish - German Potato salad, beets, and roast beef on kummelwick.

What many people don't know, is that Schwabl's is part of a family restaurant tradition that dates back to 1837.

In celebration of their 175th anniversary, several local elected officials gathered at the restaurant to present proclamations and certificates to the current owners Gene and Cheryl Staychock.

The following is a history of the restaurant that was posted online by Schwabl's:

The Schwabl Family's interest in the restaurant business comes naturally from a long line of Restaurateurs.

Great grandfather, Sebastian Schwabl, settled on Broadway in Buffalo in 1837 starting an uninterrupted service to
the people of the Niagara Frontier.

Sebastian's four sons continued to operate various restaurants including Parade House, a mammoth entertainment center, in what is now Humboldt Park.

After being open for only one year, the Great Parade House burned to the ground and in 1898, Ray's grandfather John then located at Forest Grove on Genesee and Pine Ridge Road.

This picnic grove and restaurant, "Klein Deutschland", included a complex which featured bowling alleys, shooting galleries, merry-go-rounds, dance platforms, and a menagerie set in a beautiful botanical garden which was probably Buffalo's first zoo.

It even boasted a quarter mile race track and a fine baseball field.

There was also a Schwabl's at the Pan Am Exposition in Buffalo - 1901.

John Schwabl's three sons, Henry, John and George, branched out across the Buffalo area and had restaurants
in places such as: Broadway at Fillmore, Genesee at Bailey, Bailey at Dartmouth, Humboldt at East Ferry
and Cleveland Drive.

Ray Schwabl, Sr., after being in the restaurant business for four years in Buffalo, at Humboldt Parkway and East Ferry, moved to this location in Ebenezer (West Seneca) in 1942.

Here his desire to serve his clientele with the very best in food and drink was always his upmost goal.

We believe that we may be the longest line of Restaurant operators in New York State and possibly in all of
the United States.

Even Prohibition did not interrupt Schwabl's claim of continuous service to the people of Western New York.

In 1956 the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce presented Schwabl's with a citation for being one of the Pioneer Businesses on the Niagara Frontier.

In August of 1999 Schwabl's was featured in Gourmet Magazine.

2003 brought Schwabl's to national television in a program produced for public television called "Sandwiches That You Will Like."

In 2004 Business First Magazine named Schwabl's Western New York's - 3rd oldest restaurant, and in the September issue of Maxim Magazine (an international publication) Schwabl's Beef on Weck was named as one
of America's top 10 sandwiches.

In 2006 both Artvoice and The Bee Group Newspapers polled their readers and Schwabl's was voted as #1 - Buffalo's Best Beef on Weck.

2007 brought Schwabl's into two travel books. "Eat This" ... 1,001 Things to Eat Before You Diet by Ian Jackman, and The USA and Canada edition of the New York Times #1 Bestseller book, 1000 Places To See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz.

Also in 2007 the Buffalo Spree readers voted Schwabl's - Buffalo's Best Beef On Weck.

In January of 2009, Schwabl's was chosen for the Travel Channel Show "No Reservations", the "Rustbelt" episode with Anthony Bourdain.

In February 2010 Schwabl's was named as the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

2010 also brought the return of the Artvoice readers poll of #1 - Best Beef on Weck in Buffalo.

April 2011 Publications International Ltd. featured Schwabl's in "Where America Eats."