The Wehrle Restaurant, whose vintage pink sign has cast a glow for decades over a busy Amherst intersection, is changing hands for the first time in 30 years.
The new owners, Jaspal Singh and his wife, Amritpal Singh, plan to rename the eatery the Wehrle Diner and feature what they describe as healthy Mediterranean food. The restaurant has long been known for its down-home Greek offerings including souvlaki and spanakopita.
A restaurant employee confirmed the sale, but the new owners were not available for comment. Sunbelt Business Brokers of Western New York, who handled the sale, reported that the Singhs plan a renovation of the dining room. They plan a fresh approach emphasizing locally sourced meat, produce and coffee, according to a Sunbelt press release. Beer and wine will be served upon approval of a liquor license.
Jaspal Singh has managed restaurants in Connecticut and Greece and, according to Sunbelt, has always wanted to own his own restaurant. He and his wife searched for a restaurant in Western New York to be near their daughter, a law student at the University at Buffalo.
They are purchasing the restaurant from Sylvia Klentos, who owned it with her late husband, George T. Klentos. George Klentos died in 2009 at 71.
The Wehrle Restaurant is located at 29 Wehrle Drive at the corner of Harlem Road, on the edge of a busy three-way intersection with Kensington Avenue.