Five years ago, restaurateur David Schutte took over Oliver's restaurant, a Buffalo fine-dining mainstay.
He's been paying rent since. On March 29, he bought the building itself, from Henry Gorino and partners.
"It was part of the plan five years ago, when I bought the business," Schutte said. "It just came to fruition today."
The original rental agreement gave him an option to buy after five years passed. Schutte is also the managing partner at Sear.
"I've been keeping up the building as though it was mine all the way," said Schutte. "Renovations a year and a half ago, with some new bathrooms, the men's room being redone. New carpets coming, stuff like that."
Other than the freshened-up interiors, he said, little should change at the restaurant.
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