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Getting to know your neighbor: The Boston Hotel rose from the ashes

Bartender Rachel Beuler

BOSTON — The Boston Hotel restaurant has been a landmark of the Boston community for nearly a century. The fine dining restaurant, that specializes in steak and seafood, is located at 9378 Boston State Road in Boston, right across the street from where the original restaurant once stood.

The original Boston Hotel burned down in the 1920s and a new brick structure was built to replace it, shortly after. The restaurant instantly became a hot spot for steak and seafood in Western New York. In January of 2009, a grease fire burned the building to the ground, leaving nothing but a few bricks of the remaining structure.

“It was devastating for us,” said owner Lisa Dellamore.

“It was a very, very sad day for us and this town. [We have] so many great memories, from the old restaurant that we’ll never forget. The important thing was that no one was hurt in the fire; everyone made it out alright.

“Once we came to grips that we lost the building, we then started to think ahead. Luckily, we had a building across the street that we owned [and] we immediately moved business over there,” she concluded.

At the time of the fire, the Dellamore’s also owned an Italian restaurant across the street called Amore’s. The next night, they began serving the Boston Hotel menu at Amore’s, and the new Boston Hotel was born. A smaller building compared to the original, the restaurant still has a large dining room area and a bar.

“We were very fortunate to have been able to move across the street and continue business, so quickly,” said Dellamore.

“Being able to move business across the street and not have to worry about being out of business, for any time at all, was huge. Many restaurants that deal with a fire just can’t recover and end up shutting down. Our great staff was so helpful in the whole process and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

GET COZY — The Boston Hotel has a large, sit-down dining room, in its building located across the street from its original location. Photos by Leo Mrugala.

Bill and Lisa Dellamore purchased the Boston Hotel in 1998. Bill Dellamore is a Canisius College graduate and has been in the restaurant business for more than 40 years. The restaurant has a chef that is running specials, every night of the week. Some of the new specials include chicken Caesar, meatloaf, stuffed peppers, bourbon glazed salmon and many more.

Monday night is their big special night, nicknamed “buck night,” which includes shoestring-budget specials on clams, crab legs and chicken wings. Other popular menu items, according to the owners, are the beef on weck sandwich and the fish fry. Fish fry’s are only available on Fridays.

According to the Dellamores, The Boston Hotel has been lucky enough to have a very faithful staff of workers, many of them who have been there for more than 20 years. Dellamore said she knows the importance of having a great staff of employees.

“Our employees are great here,” she said. “Some of the employees have been here a very long time; they’ve been here even before we bought the place. They are a very big reason why we’ve been able to be successful, here in Boston.”

Despite the restaurant’s long history, Dellamore said that she can’t believe how many people tell her they didn’t know the restaurant was still open, since the fire.

The Boston Hotel

“It’s amazing how many people come up to me and tell me that they didn’t think we were open, anymore,” said Dellamore.

“We’ve done a ton of advertising and we have a Facebook page that includes our entire menu and location. We hope that the word will spread and that more people can come in and try our excellent food.”

The Boston Hotel is open daily at 11 a.m. For more information, visit their Facebook or call 941-5271.


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