Scharf’s Schiller Park German Restaurant has been reincarnated as Scharf’s German Restaurant und Bar.
The iconic tavern relocated from its longtime South Crossman Street home in Buffalo to 2683 Clinton St. in West Seneca.
It held a soft opening Monday night with a limited menu and will host another one tonight to help train staff in preparation for the grand opening on Wednesday.
After years of struggling at the South Crossman location, Scharf’s was ready to turn out the lights in 2012. But a pro bono ad campaign by a local advertising agency helped raise support and drum up customers for the tavern, which was one of the last traditional German taverns in Buffalo.
That support allowed owner Jerry Scharf to relocate to a new, more accommodating space instead of closing.
The new location was formerly the Deerhead Inn, a popular family-owned tavern that served the community for more than 50 years. It closed in May when owner Chuck Miller decided to retire.
Those hoping to visit the new Scharf’s location during tonight’s soft opening must make reservations on the restaurant’s Facebook page, choosing a 12:45 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. time slot for lunch or a 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. time slot for dinner.
Reservations can also be made by calling 895-7249.