Town ends contract with Woodlawn Beach restaurant operator

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Hamburg Town Board is considering almost a dozen bids from businesses to see who will be the new operator of “Woody’s Beach Club and Taqueria.”

The Hamburg Town Board voted in March to end their contract with the current operator, Tucker Curtin, who was told to leave the business immediately.

Curtin explained, “They said not only do you have to be out of here but we’re taking your stuff, too. So to me that’s not right.”

He believes the town had no legal right to terminate his contract and will challenge the move in State Supreme court Thursday.

However, the town board is moving forward finding his replacement looking at 11 bids.

Tucker paid $4,000 in rent and gave two percent of his profit to the town. He admits most of the bids offer much more, but he also says these potential owners don’t know what they’re up against.

Curtin said, “Woodlawn Beach is not the easiest place to put a lemonade stand. Weather variables, environmental issues, the water being dirty and all the Hamburg politics certainly makes that a very interesting property. Not to mention charging for parking to get into my restaurant. Really what it does is put in jeopardy whether Woodlawn Beach will be able to have food and drink concession this year.”

The town board took no action Wednesday night on the bids.

“For the last six months it’s like a weight that carries on my back everyday. Uncertainty, what we’re doing, where we’re going. Do I hire people to work next summer, am I not? Do I need to get my stuff out? All kinds of unknown questions. And really not able to focus on the core of the business. But I have to focus on all this peripheral stuff, which really hurts the ability for people to have successful opportunities on the waterfront,” Curtin said.

Town officials have not commented on why they decided to terminate Curtin’s contract.

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