Ulrich's Tavern


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1900, 1924, 2004, 2013, 2014. Photo credit: Ulrich's Tavern, Karl Josker, Wikipedia, Step Out Buffalo


674 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
SBL: 111.23-8-1
Ellicott Council District
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Adjacent to: Trico Plant #1 and Phoenix Brewery


Tom Eoannou as of Feb 2014
Formerly 674 ELLICOTT STREET INC per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Two story brick building with commercial storefront, on a corner parcel

Current Condition

In good condition and in use, with well designed addition added to the corner portion.


  • 1868 - Fredrick Schrerier, a young German immigrant, opened a grocery-saloon
  • 1883 - The grocery part of the operation would be dropped
    • Became a "tied house" owned by 2 different breweries until 1910 - Christian Weyand Breweryand the Ziegele Brewing Company
  • 1880s-1919 - George Fromholtz ran a barber shop win what is now the beer storeroom
  • 1896 - New York State Raines Law prohibited saloons from serving drinks on Sunday, but allowed hotels with 10+ rooms to do so. The upstairs portion of the building was converted into a hotel.
  • 1906 - A 30-year-old man named Michael Ulrich took over the saloon
  • 1910 - Michael Ulrich bought the saloon from the Ziegele Brewery, renaming it Michael Ulrich's Sample Room
  • 1920-1933 - Prohibition. The downstairs became a delicatessen and restaurant. The barbershop and upstairs hotel were closed and the second floor became a private speakeasy
  • 1946 - Michael Ulrich sells the bar to its first non-German owner, French born William Levea, who ran the bar for 3 years.
  • 1949 - Nichlos Riesz purchased and ran the bar for 5 years.
  • 1954 - Jim Daley and his wife Erika took over the business
  • 1970 - The City took the building through eminent domain as part of an urban renewal program. The Daleys stayed open and paid the City rent while they fought it.
  • 1982 - The Daleys won a 12 year court fight to keep the bar standing as an urban renewal program swept through, leveling much of the neighborhood
  • 2000 - The Daley's son Jim Jr. took over the bar

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • August 2012 - The bar is briefly closed due to back taxes and Jim Daley Jr. files for bankruptcy
  • October 2013 - The bar is closed again after failing to keep up with payments under its bankruptcy plan
  • February 2014 - Tom Eoannou purchased the building and Salvatore G. Buscagli becomes proprietor of soon to be re-opened "Ulrich's 1868 Tavern"
  • June 2014 - Ulrich's re-opens

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Buffalo's oldest documented tavern


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Added 2014-02-19 • Last changed 2014-07-01