Lancaster, NY - He is one of Western New York's most recognizable figures....and so it might come as no surprise that when his time is done, Russ Salvatore plans to exit the world, with his usual panache.
Whether it's buying out thousands of Bills tickets to ensure a sellout crowd to lift TV blackouts, or hundreds of turkeys to feed those in need, the Western New York restaurant and hotel owner is known for doing things big and with flamboyance.
However, for what would eventually be his final act, this showman says there will be no "dress rehearsal".
"Oh, hell no!" Salvatore told WGRZ-TV. "This is not one of my trips I'm excited to go on," he laughed.
Salvatore, 80, has approached town officials about his plan to build a mausoleum for himself at the Heroes and Patriots Park, which he built for the community on his property on Transit Road near Russell's Grand Hotel and Steakhouse.