DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A 113 year old piece of Dayton history went on the auction block tonight.
The Stockyards Inn served as the celebration site for everything from first dates to weddings... graduations to retirement and everything in between.
The owners of the Stockyards Inn only received one bid tonight for $50,000.
They decided that was way too low and they're hopeful someone else will see its worth.
"We're going to miss the people, very much. The customers were like our family.
Jane Bartusch and her husband Bob have owned Stockyards Inn in Dayton for 38 years.
They were forced to close the doors in June.
"It came down to we just weren't generating enough business to maintain the building or keep the business going," said Bob.
An auction took place Thursday night to try to sell the century old building with everything inside.
"I've been sitting here all day, going over the memories."
The restaurant opened in 1900.
The owners say its rooms still echo with priceless memories.
Bev Van Pelt went here on her first date with her husband in 1978.
"It was a blind date. He worked at the hospital and I was going to school at Clark State. Then, when I heard it was going to close, I thought maybe I can get a plate with the words on it or something because my husband died two years ago," said Van Pelt.
It is those kinds of stories that will stick with the owners even after someone else takes over.
"Thank you Dayton for your patronage, your love and your loyalty," said Jane.
The next auction will take place Septmber 14.
The owners aren't going to sell just the building this time, but everything inside individually as well.
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