Niagara County Legislator Jason Murgia is planning to sell his Main Street restaurant.

Murgia declined to name the buyer or the terms of the agreement, saying only that the buyers have a well-known last name, moved away from Niagara Falls and are coming back, have experience in the business and plan to keep the restaurant going.

Murgia expects to sign the papers with the buyer within two weeks but stressed nothing is in writing yet.

“I am extremely, extremely happy,” he said. “They’re going to put the restaurant back where it was the first four years.”

Operations at the restaurant will not be interrupted, he said.

“I made a promise to my father that I owe it to my employees and my customers that the new owner would carry the torch and do a lot more,” he said.

Murgia’s father, Russell, died last year.

The Orchard Grill has been a fixture on Main Street since 1922 and is a popular lunch spot among the professionals who work nearby but Murgia has focused less on the restaurant as other responsibilities have taken up more of his time.

In addition to being a county lawmaker and owning the restaurant, Murgia works for the Niagara Falls School Board, coordinating activities at the high school during the school’s off-hours.

Murgia purchased the restaurant in 1998 when he returned to the area after eight years away.

A deal with another buyer, one from the West Coast, fell through after a year of negotiations.

Murgia has served on the Legislature since 2005 when he was appointed to a vacant seat.









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