Liberty Hound may be on the move with new tenants looking to take its place

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 08:36:48-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In 2011, Liberty Hound was one of the first businesses to take a chance at Canalside.

"After eight years and a lot of hard work, we've been able to make it work and we do pretty well there" Co-owner Mike Shatzel said.

Originally, Liberty Hound signed a lease that ended in November of 2018. That means that a new Request for Proposal, or RFP, allowed to the public. If a new RFP is granted to a different ownership, they would gain lease to the Liberty Hound property.

"We knew this day was coming so we were kind of prepared for it" Shatzel said.

Shatzel as well as other ownerships have submitted their RFP's that are due by Friday, January 25th. Shatzel expects the winner to be announced in a few weeks.

If his proposal is not accepted, he says they have plans to move Liberty Hound to another location. It's a step that he doesn't want to do, as he is pleased with the current location.

"It's been a long while and Buffalo is going in the right direction," Shatzel said, "so I think Liberty Hound should keep being a part of it."

Over 3,000 people have signed a petition hoping to urge the Naval Park into keep Liberty Hound as the tenant.