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Plans underway to reopen The Hatch, William K's at Erie Basin Marina soon

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Mar 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-27 13:19:59-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The buildings that once housed The Hatch and William K's in the Erie Basin Marina could soon reopen under new ownership. Both businesses have been closed since 2019.

The property was discussed during the Buffalo Common Council meeting March 22. The common council approved a permission request for the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works to enter into an agreement with a new operator for the property listed as "Lake Erie Dock, Inc."

In documents submitted to the common council, Lake Erie Dock, Inc. is described as "a team of restaurant managers who are ready to take the next steps toward operations of the Hatch Restaurant Complex."

7 News' Michael Schwartz spoke to one of the men looking to take over the property to bring "a fast casual restaurant to everyone in the surrounding area."

He discussed his plans with Schwartz, including moving The Hatch to the concession building next to William K's. He plans to reopen it this May with hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and more.

The potential owner's big plan is to rename William K's, and expand that restaurant to where The Hatch was. He plans to open it next year, with the idea of having a round bar inside.

Schwartz was told hiring will soon start for people of all ages.