An Archer institution goes on auction block


Published: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Casey's Cafe, a pub and restaurant that has served as an Archer institution for three decades, will go up for auction Jan. 13.

Linda Kasicki, the cafe's current owner, said she decided to sell Casey's after discussions with her family at Christmastime. She hopes to focus her attention on recent health problems and on spending time with her two grandchildren. "The restaurant has been my life for over eight years," said Kasicki, who bought the restaurant in 1998. "I've met a lot of friends there, and it's really a big part of this community."

The restaurant, located on U.S. 27/41, is listed with Ben Campen Auctioneers for a minimum bid of $200,000 for its 10 a.m. Jan. 13 auction at the Holiday Inn West.

Phil Denton, president of the Archer Historical Society, said the cafe opened in the 1940s as the Tip Top Restaurant. A former owner renamed it Casey's Cafe in the 1970s after his dog, Denton said.

"It has been there so long, there are stories of folks riding their horses into the place," Denton said. "The restaurant had a lot of colorful history, and we hope it can continue on as a restaurant with a new owner."

Kasicki said she shares that hope. She said she's selling the restaurant along with its licenses and its entire inventory, and said the new owner would inherit the restaurant's current staff and a colorful clientele.

"We just live a block away, and I plan to continue to come here with my grandchildren for birthdays and special occasions, and just to get a drink," Kasicki said. "When you buy a place, you want to change the pictures on the wall and put up new curtains, but I'm hoping it stays a down-home, how-you-doing, come-on-in and what-can-we-do-for-you kind of place."

Amy Reinink can be reached at 352-374-5088 or reinina@gvillesun.com

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