Dug’s Dive, the Buffalo lakeside restaurant that brought legions of diners to the Outer Harbor, will close Sept. 27 with a bon voyage party, owner Tucker Curtin said Thursday.
Curtin, a Buffalo restaurateur who opened the restaurant at the Small Boat Harbor in 2007, said, “We don’t have any options available to us right now. Who knows? We might reopen out of the state or out of the country. We’re keeping our options open.”
But Curtin, who also operates the Steer and the Lake Effect Diner on Main Street in the city’s University Heights section, said that another location on the Buffalo waterfront wouldn’t be the same and is unlikely.
Curtin said that he wanted to invest in infrastructure upgrades at the location at 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. to accommodate the increasing volume of customers but that his plans didn’t jibe with the harbor’s management. A seasonal operation that correlated with the marina’s season, the restaurant has been open from April to October. It employed about 80 people, many of whom will find new positions at Curtin’s other businesses, he said.
When Dug’s Dive opened, patrons couldn’t find it because the harbor was not a destination. “Now, everybody knows where we are,” Curtin said. “I think Dug’s Dive brought a little hope and showed people the potential and beauty of the Outer Harbor and Buffalo’s waterfront.”