'Berry's will stay thriving'

Cary Ashby • May 29, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Berry’s Restaurant is scheduled for the June 17 sheriff’s sale, but the owner said Tuesday the final part of “the sale of the property” should be finalized before that date.

“The property has been in sale for a period of time now,” said owner Lynn Bolden, noting there have been some legal technicalities happening. “The purchase agreement has been in place since the first of December of 2018.”

Bolden said there are several parcels that have been transferred to her name and the one listed in the sheriff’s sale “is the last parcel.” 

“The restaurant has already been purchased. The building is sold separately,” she added. 

The sheriff’s sale of 15 W. Main St. is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 17 at the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. According to the county recorder’s office and the legal notice in Tuesday’s Reflector, the property is appraised at $200,000 and “no sale can start at less than 2/3 of the appraised value.”

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said it would be unfortunate if Berry’s were sold, but if it were, he hopes the new buyer would be “keeping it vibrant in the community.”

The mayor was asked about the importance of Berry’s Restaurant, which was established in 1946.

“For downtown, it has been a hub for a long time. I heard someone say the other day, ‘You know you made it big time when someone took you to Berry’s when I was a kid,’” Duncan said. 

Duncan, after being interviewed Tuesday, spoke to former owner Doug Berry. The mayor said he was told “everything will be solved” and the restaurant “will not reach the sheriff’s sale.”

“They are going through a legal process. They are following the advice of their attorneys,” Duncan added. “Basically, the business will continue without interruption, with no plans of selling or closing.”

A new branding of the restaurant started with it being called 1946 Berry’s Restaurant. Bolden said the changes have included new menu items and live music every Friday night since December. 

“We have done that all winter; we started that in December,” the owner added. “We have been doing a lot of rebranding in the last six months.”

As for signage goes, Bolden said the logo in the window will change to “1946 Berry’s Restaurant,” but the neon sign will remain the same.

“It’s iconic,” she said.

Bolden said the Berry family has done a fabulous job owning the eatery for decades, noting that “everyone who works there is part of the Berry’s family.” 

“They are the Berry’s family,” she added. “It’s going to be stronger than it was before. … Berry’s will stay thriving.”

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