ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - No matter how you slice it, Western New Yorkers are bonkers about their beef on weck. Dale Eckl Jr.'s grandparents opened Eckl's restaurant in 1934 and for many years the place kept their Southtowns clientele happy. Dale says "it's all about sharp knives and a good roll to start with."
In 2015 the popular eatery closed it's doors. "Mr. Eckl got sick, the place closed." explains Ted Smith. Ted and his business partner Jim Cornell reopened Eckl's last fall under the same name, serving up the same delicious roast beef and even some of the same employees.
Dale Eckl Jr. returned to the carving table and proves nightly that slicing by hand, stacking the beef gently onto a kimmelweck roll, building the sandwich one thin slice at a time is an art. One he learned early on saying "it's something my father taught me very young-I think I was about sixteen."
Dale's sister Denise is back behind the bar and the regulars have returned to their routine. The Eckl's Restaurant building is one of Orchard Park's oldest structures dating back about two-hundred years.