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Hutch's owner buying Papa Jake's

Restaurateur Mark Hutchinson is buying Papa Jake’s.

The deal should close this week, Hutchinson said. The yet-to-be-renamed restaurant at 1672 Elmwood Ave. will be freshened up but still feel like an old-time tavern, Hutchinson said, a place you'd go to watch a game. Fish fries, wings, burgers and other made-fresh dishes will be on the menu, along with a chalkboard listing nightly chef’s specials.

“We’re going to remodel somewhat, change the tables and chairs, and make it a food destination, as well as a bar,” Hutchinson said. The goal is to open by mid-October, but that could get pushed back, he said.

The North Buffalo tavern, has been closed while owner Scott Leary works on The Jake, his new property in Kenmore, which began bar service last month.

Hutchinson already operates the fine dining restaurant Hutch’s, with partner Mike Haefner, and they will operate the restaurant formerly known as Papa Jake’s. (It is as yet unnamed; Hutchinson dismissed the suggestion of “Papa Hutch’s.”) Hutchinson also operates the fine dining spot Tempo and North Tonawanda’s upscale Remington Tavern with Paul Jenkins.

Haefner will be in charge of the kitchen, while it gets up to speed, at least, Hutchinson said. Longtime Hutch’s staffer Tony Shareno will be the front-of-house manager. The 50-seat restaurant is expected to be open seven days a week, for lunch and dinner.

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