DeFlippo's

An exterior shot of DeFlippo’s Restaurant on West Avenue.

DeFlippo's, a 71-year-old restaurant that's among the oldest in the city, has closed its bar and dining room, and will stop offering catering and private parties at the end of August.

In a Monday afternoon post to its Facebook page, restaurant staff announced plans to relocate outside of the city of Lockport, but offered no explanation for why it was doing so.

However, in April, Gerald DeFlippo, who owns the building but not the restaurant itself, filed for bankruptcy after not paying property taxes for over two years.

The filing was one day before the deadline to pay back taxes, after which the city files a motion for foreclosure, said Second Deputy City Counsel David Haylett.

Gerald DeFlippo hasn't paid property taxes on the building since 2015, accumulating $51,642 in unpaid city, county and school district taxes. He also owes $2,471 in unpaid water and sewer taxes.

The filing halts the city's foreclosure until the conclusion of the bankruptcy proceedings, which can last several years, Haylett said.

The restaurant and bed and breakfast was opened by Gerald's parents, Dominick and Barbara DeFlippo, in 1946, shortly after acquiring the then-abandoned building, according to the DeFlippo website.

Gerald and Joan DeFlippo took over in 1977, opened the four-room bed and breakfast, and passed the business on to their son Dominick in 2006.

The closure marks the second time in just over a month that a longtime city restaurant shuttered its doors. In early June, Garlock's, a steakhouse that had operated in Lockport for 72 years, abruptly closed.