Beach bar operator loses bid to keep business

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The operator of Woody’s Beach Club at Woodlawn Beach has lost a battle to stay put in his Town of Hamburg bar.

Tucker Curtin challenged the town’s decision to terminate his contract on Thursday in State Supreme Court. But the court denied his request to prevent the town from giving the contract to someone else.

Last month, the town ended their contract with Curtin after three years. Then Wednesday night, board members began reviewing a list of nearly a dozen bids to take over the property.

“To go out there and do business and make money the old fashioned way is what I was looking for. If the town wants to continue going in this path, so be it. There is not much I can do with it. I’m the infidel; I’m the outsider. I wish we really could come to terms on this,” Curtin said.

He says he wants to get his hands on the equipment that’s now locked inside the facility to either use it or remove it if he doesn’t get the bar site back. Otherwise his attorney, Mitchell Stenger, says they plan to go back to court.

“We were not getting the town to be able to come and sit down at the table to work out these issues. So the fact that the judge is offering the attorneys and the representatives an opportunity to come back to him for a further hearing I think behooves everybody well in this instance,” he said.

Town of Hamburg attorneys have not commented on the case, nor have town board members offered any explanation as to why Curtin’s contract was terminated.

No decision has been made on who will take over Woody’s Beach Club. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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