Ben and Joy’s Restaurant in Mount Sterling may stay in the family, after all.
Owner Joy Stroup said Wednesday that after some discussions with her family she is looking at various options, and plans to cancel the auction slated for later this month.
“It’s not going to auction. It’s staying in the family,” she said. “I want people to know that.”
Nothing has been signed yet and the business and property is still in Stroup’s name.
A family member, who asked not to be named, confirmed the news. He said specifics haven’t been worked out among the rest of the family but would speak next week with full details.
The property was scheduled to sell at live auction on Feb. 25, with bids starting at $39,000.
This isn’t the first time the property was scheduled for auction. In December 2015, Stroup announced she planned on retiring at the start of 2016 and put the property up, in order to spend more time with family.
But last February, former county commissioner and local businessman Paul Gross’ bid of $93,500, including a buyer’s premium, was not accepted by Stroup.
The restaurant, located at 35 S. London St., is known for its breakfast and home-style food: ham and eggs, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and pie.
Stroup opened the restaurant with her husband, Ben, in 1984. The husband and wife duo ran the iconic restaurant for nine years until Mr. Stroup passed away in 1993. Mrs. Stroup has run the place ever since.
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