Bitter battle between businesses over a bar

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WKBW) - Proposed plans to turn a vacant University Heights building into a bar is raising some eyebrows. 

Anthony Sordetto wants to turn the building known as Main Place into a bar for the 18 and over crowd. 

The business would be just a couple of blocks from University at Buffalo South Campus. 

Some neighboring businesses and residents argue that the business will create problems in the community like parking and underage drinking. 

Underage drinking was once a big problem in this area. But with the community working with UB they now have it under control. 

Tucker Curtin who owns Lake Effect Diner and Steer Restaurant across the street from Main Place is thinking about moving. 

“The underage crowd is not the back bone of this neighborhood anymore. Twenty-five years ago 30 years ago, absolutely, but things have changed,” Curtin said. 

Nearby businesses including Lake Effect/Steer have obtain an attorney to fight the matter. They claim the developer for Main Street didn’t submit the proper paperwork to the city for license. 

Councilman Rasheed Wyatt says the city needs to make sure all the proper protocol and legal paperwork was completed before the city can make a decision. 
 

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