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Building Buffalo: The Delavan Hotel opens at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens

Building Buffalo is a regular feature highlighting progress on development projects throughout the region.

Project name: The Delavan Hotel.

Address: 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Developer: Joseph Salvatore, with Concept Construction Corp.

Cost: $9.5 million.

Description: Construction of new 60-suite luxury boutique hotel, on site of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens restaurant.

Completion date: Opened Friday.

Lowdown: The newest addition to the Salvatore business empire debuted Friday, with the official opening of the Delavan Hotel that welcomed its first guests over the weekend.

Located on the site of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, the new four-story, 47,000-square-foot hotel features five dozen suites, a fitness center and a full-service spa operated by Capello Salons & Day Spa.

Salvatore spent more than $9.5 million to renovate the well-known restaurant and banquet facility and to add the luxury hotel, which boasts six bridal suites, large hallways and a 40-foot-high intersecting barrel-vaulted ceiling in the main lobby. Salvatore also owns the nearby Garden Place Hotel farther north on Transit.

“This was a complex project, one with a considerable amount of moving parts,” Salvatore said. “The hotel complements the iconic restaurant and adds to the grandeur of what you might expect of the legendary Salvatore’s experience.”

Announced in January 2015, the facility was designed by Carmina Wood Morris DPC and built by Concept Construction, which oversaw an on-site crew of more than 100 workers at any given time.

The new hotel is named as a tribute to the family’s original J. Salvatore’s Restaurant, which was opened by Joseph Salvatore’s grandfather in the late 1930s on Delavan Avenue in Buffalo.

The restaurant and hotels are separate from Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, also located on Transit but operated by Joseph Salvatore’s father, Russell, who used to own the Italian Gardens and Garden Place.

– Jonathan D. Epstein