Reminder Assistant Editor
EAST LONGMEADOW The East Longmeadow Grille is no more. Approximately 35 interested bidders turned out Aug. 30 for the owner's auction to potentially purchase the property, the liquor license and the restaurant's contents.
Laura LaCrosse, owner of the property since April 2006, stated that this was definitely an owner's auction, not a foreclosure auction.
"We decided to move on," LaCrosse said. "The restaurant made money from day one, but we've decided to focus on our other business. We're very sad that we can't keep this one going."
Hosted by Aaron Posnik & Co., the auction began at 11 a.m. The first item up for bids was the property itself. The building sits on approximately one-third of an acre. It was described as "a highly visible business property" that has 92 feet of frontage on North Main Street. Bidding started at $150,000; the closing bid was $200,000.
Following the close of that bidding, the liquor license was made available as well. The same person who bought the real estate had the high bid on the license as well $1,000.
The contents of the restaurant everything from a neon sign to booths to pots and pans, from chalkboards to vacuum cleaners to salt and pepper shakers would be auctioned first as one large lot. If no bids were made, each item would be auctioned off piecemeal. The new owner of the property won everything inside the restaurant with a $10,000 bid.