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Ulrich’s 1868 Tavern started selling food and beer again on June 25. Since then, the air conditioning has been finished and the staff has gotten a chance to work the kinks out of the point-of-sale system.

But the restored historic restaurant at 674 Ellicott St. deserves a coming out party, which will be Aug. 18, said owner Sal Buscaglia. The street will be blocked off, and there will be tents and live music.

The spittoons have been polished and put on shelves, but the stained-glass-inlaid back bar, and more woodwork and lighting, have been restored by Buscaglia. Though he’s also a restaurateur, opening Snooty Fox Lounge on Delaware Avenue in 2007, Buscaglia is a carpenter by trade.

Months of painstaking restoration work already has drawn the appreciation of generations of Buffalonians, said Buscaglia.

Customers said they were “thankful that I didn’t destroy any of the history, I enhanced it,” he said.

He’s met people who should know. “I met a guy who says ‘I am the oldest living patron of Ulrich’s – I’ve been coming here for 75 years.’ And I’ve seen him four times since then,” Buscaglia said.

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