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Prospective restaurant owners: we need you at Beermann’s

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How can you not love Beermann’s Restaurant on 645 5th St. in downtown Lincoln?

The 6,912-square-foot historic building goes back to 1864 when it was built by the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. It has been the site of many happy gatherings, from family reunions to weddings to chamber of commerce breakfasts for years.

When new owners reopened the restaurant in July 2016, for the second time since 2006, we devoted plenty of ink about Beermann’s. We hoped that it would quickly become an anchor business for the downtown.

Unfortunately, the restaurant closed 11 months later because, co-owner Curtis Smith said in June, the owners were in real estate and not the restaurant field.

Smith owned Beermann’s with his Silver Horizon Properties, LLC partner, Rose Scroggins. The Sacramento Business Journal last year reported that the building was bought for $2.15 million.

Talk on the street is that Silver Horizon Properties, LLC, which bought the building June 10, 2016 and then ran the restaurant, had a Sacramento restaurateur in the process of closing escrow.

So it was sad to see a Notice of Trustee’s Sale document taped two weeks ago to the front door of the former restaurant and brewery in the heart of downtown.

Beermann’s trustee sale is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 30 in front of the Council Chamber entrance at 311 Vernon St. in Roseville.

Although the trustee sale notice is no longer taped to the restaurant’s front door, a Mortgage Lender Services, Inc. representative said Tuesday that the sale is still on and the bank is foreclosing on the owners’ loan.

Since the bank can elect to postpone the sale, however, the rep advised interested buyers to check or call 916-939-0772 closer to sale day. The Trustee Sale Number is 129733-1.

The beautiful, historic institution now needs our help in attracting a new owner.

Besides being a stately venue, Beermann’s is in a great location, across the street from Beermann Plaza where community events are held throughout the year and the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. And it’s less than a block away from the popular Lincoln Civic Auditorium and the Lincoln Veterans Memorial Hall.

Hopefully, an experienced restaurant owner will buy Beermann’s in two weeks so doors can eventually reopen. Anyone interested in buying this beloved part of Lincoln’s history needs to bring a cashier’s check or money order Nov. 30 for the cash sale. If no one buys the building, the Mortgage Lender Services, Inc. rep said, the building will be sold back to the bank.

Lincoln residents love a thriving Beermann’s. And residents are hungry for the venue to reopen.

If an experienced restaurant owner takes over Beermann’s, residents will eat, drink and socialize there. Beermann's could become the crown jewel of downtown. All it needs is a buyer who understands how to run a restaurant and nightclub. Lincoln residents would be thrilled. We’re all rooting for that to happen.