Joseph G. Sinatra of Amherst, who for more than 25 years owned and operated a popular bar and restaurant just off Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo with his brother, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 89.
Mr. Sinatra and his late brother, Frank Sr., opened Sinatra's Lounge at 97 S. Elmwood Ave. in 1962 and counted politicians and members of the legal community, the news media and the Buffalo Sabres among their clientele. After they retired in 1988, other family members ran it for a while, then the building was razed, and the Sinatras operated a parking lot on the site.
Born in Buffalo, the third of four boys, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School and served in the Army in World War II.
Mr. Sinatra and his older brother went into business in 1932 as parking lot operators.
The Sinatra brothers opened their first bar-restaurant, Sinatra's Unicorn Lounge on Allen Street, in 1946. They closed it when they moved to South Elmwood.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Lorraine Lindner, and a daughter, Ida Perry.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.