More than a century of family ownership will end when DiTondo's proprietors find a buyer.
The restaurant, at 370 Seneca St., has been listed for sale. The entire operation, from real estate to kitchen equipment, can be yours for $825,000.
Its fans, hungry for sausage sandwiches, stuffed peppers and spaghetti parm, will say a prayer for continuity.
Three generations of one family have been the backbone of the kitchens since founder Sebastiano DiTondo moved his tavern from down the street to its current spot, in 1931.
His son Amedeo took over, with help from his family. In 1985 his daughter Rose Mary and her husband Al Rohloff bought the tavern, and have been running it since.
That continuity has led to consistency that has been a hallmark of the DiTondo's brand, part of the reason it has survived to become one of the oldest restaurants in Buffalo. Rohloff has found himself discussing plans with parties that have been scheduling events at DiTondo's for 20 or 30 years.
Until it's sold, at least, customers can enjoy lunch at DiTondo's from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
"I'm assuming we'll be here at least until the end of September," he said. "If we have to stay longer, we'll have to stay a little longer."
Does Rohloff plan on sticking around once the place is sold?
"I don’t want to, if I don’t have to," he said. "Anyone who wants to buy it, if they've never been in the bar business, they're dreaming. It isn’t an easy job."
The property has been listed with Hunt Commercial Real Estate, an 8,485 square foot property built in 1890, with a patio and a parking lot at the end of the block.
Funny thing is, Rohloff has been hearing that DiTondo's has been sold for a while already. "I said, can you do me a favor and find out who bought it, and how much they paid?" he joked. "Can you do me a favor and see if they can get me the money a little faster?"
He's 71 now, and despite liking his job, looks forward to spending more time out of a kitchen, he said.
What does he plan to do more of once he hangs up his apron? "Sleep until 6 o'clock in the morning," he said. "Go to breakfast with my wife, and go do a little shopping."
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