Crooked Door up for auction on Wednesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 May 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The former Crooked Door Tavern closed in January 2015. It will be up for auction on Wednesday with bids accepted at 3 p.m. at the Orleans County Courthouse.

ALBION – A tavern/restaurant that closed in January 2015 had strong sales and devoted following, drawing customers from between Buffalo and Rochester, said an auctioneer broker trying to sell the former Crooked Door.

“It’s definitely an attractive property,” said Michael Foster, auctioneer broker for Tranzon Auction Properties in Kenmore. “It’s a great opportunity for a restauranteur.”

The tavern, the former Club 469, opened in January 2011 following extensive renovations by Joe and Debbie Martillotta. They operated the business for more than three years, selling it in April 2014 to Susan Holmes. She closed the business in January 2015, nine months after acquiring the property at 469 East State St.

A bank is foreclosing on the Crooked Door and has hired Tranzon to sell it. There will be an auction at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Orleans County Courthouse, 1 South Main St. Bidders should register at 2:30 p.m.

Foster said the site is largely unchanged from when it was last open. The 4,316-square-foot building is nearly turnkey.

“All the equipment is there,” he said. “There is definitely potential.”