After two-and-a-half years of planning and working with Buffalo officials, the owner of the popular Sportsmen Tavern received his final, necessary approval to build an elevated outdoor deck to help serve customers of the Amherst Street venue.
The Buffalo Planning Board, Tuesday morning, gave the green light to Dwane Hall, who has owned he Sportsmen Tavern for the last 28 years, to build the deck.
"My guy will be at City Hall getting the permit tomorrow (Wednesday) morning," Hall said. "We'll start right after that."
The 60 foot-long deck, going along the second story of the tavern, will be able to seat as many as 80 people.
The deck is the last portion of a multi-phased expansion and renovation that Hall started with the Sportsmen.
"We'll use it when people come here for lunch or are here in the afternoon and evenings," Hall said.
Under terms mandated by the planning board, the deck will close at 11 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Sportsmen Tavern, located not far from Buffalo State College, has a large local following with people coming from live music, whose bookings run the gamut from local acts to national groups. Bands like Poco and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen have played there.
Hall said he is considering another expansion project that may include renovating an adjoining building into a venue to house pre-concert buffets and building a small music park between that building and the Sportsmen Tavern.
No time table has been set for that expansion.