Ole Store closed for at least a month

Sean Hayford O'Leary of Locally Grown noticed that the Ole Store website has this notice:

AS OF SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2007 THE OLE STORE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO A CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP. THE NEW OWNERS HOPE TO HAVE THE BUSINESS OPEN BY THE END OF MARCH 2007.

We've opened a forum thread to discuss the changes and reminisce about good times you've had there...

Update: This development was hinted at on Northfield.org a few weeks ago when the owner made this post, confirming that the builidng was for sale but stressing that he was trying to hold on to the restaurant. This passage outlines the situation:

While it was my hope that the company would be in the position to purchase the building prior to the end of the first three year lease option, my personal situation of going through a divorce with my wife and business partner Lindsay Byhre has made that goal impossible to realize in the near term. In addition, we have determined for the business to be viable, that both the asking price for the building and the current cost of the lease substantially exceed the building's value given both the residential and commercial real estate market and higher than anticipated costs for payroll, utilities, property taxes, insurance and marketing.

While we hope and expect that if the building is sold we will be able to come to an agreement that extends the lease at a cost that will insure that the current incarnation of the Ole Store is here for years to come, we can only deal with the reality at hand and hope that long before June 1, 2008 arrives, we will have secured the future of the Ole Store and be able to continue to honor our commitment to our employee and serve the community.


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Reopening much sooner

I have met with the new owner and I do not expect many changes.  In fact, my understanding is that we will see many familliar faces as this change is completed.  I also believe that the reopening will occur rather soon--on the order of two weeks rather that one month.  The Ole Store is continuing to host several special events that were already booked during this transition period.  Cheesy