In the early 1980s, Barry Snyder and wife Deanna purchased a closed souvenir shop on Seneca Nation Territory. They opened The Seneca Hawk and began selling hot dogs, hamburgers, fountain drinks, and curly fries. The fries were made using a hand-operated machine and an outdoor barbecue grill was used for hot dogs and hamburgers. The following year, The Seneca Hawk started selling tax-free tobacco products. The Seneca Hawk was the first business on Seneca Territory to engage in tax-free sales. Business flourished when the public realized the savings from buying tobacco products at The Seneca Hawk.