July 29, 2014

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Moss’ owner selling building but wants it to remain open

Moss’ Restaurant on Broad Street in Elyria on Feb. 8.

ELYRIA — An upcoming auction in which the owner of Moss’ Restaurant hopes to sell the downtown establishment has not stopped the day-to-day business of the eatery.

Sandi Laubenthal said she has been inundated with calls and emails from faithful customers wondering if she is closing since it was reported that she is putting the restaurant and building up for auction. But the longtime restaurant operator said she is not closing up shop now or in the event the business does not sell at auction.

“I have no intention of closing,” Laubenthal said. “I just want to transfer ownership.”

Should the business sell and, hopefully, stay known as Moss’, Laubenthal said she will stay onboard as long as the new owner needs her.

But if the opposite occurs — the business does not sell at auction — Laubenthal said she will continue to be on Broad Street serving up her signature prime rib five out of seven days in a space that received a Food Network “Restaurant Impossible” makeover October 2011.

“I want it to stay open. This is the last good thing we have downtown,” she said. “I’m just tired. This is a tough job.”

Laubenthal has hired the Chartwell Group of Cleveland to oversee the liquidation of both the business and Broad Street property. Both are being auctioned off as a package for a reserve price of $134,500.

The auction is set for Dec. 19 and will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Middleburg Heights.

The 18,000-square-foot building is three stories plus a full basement. The restaurant occupies the first floor. The second floor is vacant and used for storage. The third floor is a three-bedroom apartment that Laubenthal used as her home.

All furniture, fixtures and equipment are included in the sale.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.