If you were a fan of The Vineyard restaurant in Fountain Hill and are willing to part with some money it’s possible you could be its proud new owner.
The landmark Italian eatery that closed last month when owners Pietro and Marie Dimatteo decided to retire will be sold as a turnkey operation to the highest bidder at a live, on-site auction June 23 at 11 a.m.
The auctioneer is Tom Hall Auctions Inc. of Schnecksville.
According to information published on the company’s website, the restaurant–which operated for 28 years–is being sold “fully equipped” with its kitchen, tables, chairs, refrigerators, glassware and china.
The corner property with off-street parking offers two levels, with the upstairs level consisting of a 60+ seat dining area and a granite-topped bar with granite top, and the lower level (with outside access) consisting of a dining area that also seats 60+ and has been used to cater events and parties.
The restaurant’s liquor license (Lehigh County Liquor License # R1639) is also being auctioned off, with the option to buy it separately or along with the property and its contents.
The property is 2,239 square feet in size and is situated on a 68-by-100-foot lot in Lehigh County, which has it assessed at $233,300. Total taxes for it are $6,950 annually, according to the auction company website.
An auction preview will be held Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information, call Tom Hall Auctions Inc. at 610-799-0808 (#1734) or on Auction Day call 610-428-07075.
The property is located at 605 Fiot Street, Bethlehem, at the corner of Fiot and Cherokee streets.
Many longtime patrons lamented its closing after it was announced on Facebook May 21.
Patrons with valid gift certificates can mail them to 605 Fiot Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015 along with a self-addressed envelope by Aug. 1, 2018, in order to receive the full monetary value in return.