Buffalo's Oldest Bar Is Closed Because Of Back Taxes

August 6, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 7:16 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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August 6, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 7:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Department officials confirmed that the Ellicott Street bar and restaurant was seized on Aug. 1 because the business has seven outstanding tax warrants totaling $215,119 that remain unsatisfied. Officials said that three were related to withholding taxes and four were connected to sales taxes.

Officials declined further comment.

Repeated attempts to reach Ulrich's owner James Daley Jr. were unsuccessful. However, a handwritten sign on the bar's door indicates Ulrich's expects to re-open by Aug. 6.

The Daley family has owned and operated Ulrich's since 1954.

The seizure marks the second time in the past four years that Ulrich's has faced financial woes. In April 2008, Valley National Bank instituted foreclosure proceedings against Ulrich's after it was owed $70,117 in back mortgage payments. Daley made those payments and the foreclosure auction was cancelled.

Ulrich's, which was renovated two years ago, is one of Buffalo's most popular taverns. Its Ellicott Street location puts Ulrich's in the middle of the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The restaurant is best known for selection of beers and German-American flavored menu items along with its popular fish fry.

Besides a steady flow of local customers, Ulrich's has been frequented by the likes of Babe Ruth, who ate and drank there in October 1921, to a host of local, state and national politicians and numerous visiting musicians and artists.

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