Lewisburg, W.Va. -- Stephen Jackdendoff operated Julian's restaurant in downtown Lewisburg for 22 years. Now he says its time to do something else while he still can."We did an awful lot of business but I think it was time to move on," Jackdendoff said.Julian's served its last meals on September 11, and was sold in an auction to a new owner on September 14. Jackdendoff, 68, said the restaurant provided him a great life. He traveled the world and ate and drank well all while serving good food to his friends.He started thinking about leaving the restaurant business a few years ago. Once his decision was made, he put the two-story building with an upstairs apartment on the market.
"After waiting six months and no one seems interested I decided to do something different," Jackdendoff said. "I decided it was time for an auction."Tommy Garten of Greenways Real Estate & Auction ran Julian's auction. Garten though it was a good sale."I thought it was a very fair price for both the buyer and the seller," Garten said.The property had a 5 percent buyer's premium and sold for $157,500. Garten said that the property needs some repair work."I'm fairly happy that I was able to sell and pay all my bills," Jackdendoff said.Jackdendoff saw Lewisburg's growth first hand from Julians. When he opened, there were only three restaurants, but there were 10 when he closed."That a little harder competition," he said.Before closing Julian's, Jackdendoff, tried to thank as many customers as possible. He wants to thank any he missed, especially frequent Charleston customers. He even recalls serving third generation customers.Neither Jackdendoff nor Garten know what will happen with the property now."Who knows, we might open another one," Jackdendoff added.Reach Caitlin Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5113.