Thomas Wojtala of Home Sentry Realty & Investment, listing agent for the building at 1313 W. Main St. in Kent, said the building and restaurant were for sale. The restaurant remains in operation and the plan is for the business to remain a restaurant once the new owner takes over.
Cathy and Dave Tribuzzo, owners of the restaurant, acknowledged that the “for sale” sign had “set social media on fire”. But Dave Tribuzzo said he was not trying to get out of the restaurant business and the restaurant was not in trouble. He said he puts the business up for sale every five years or so, “just to see what happens.”
“It helps to have a real estate agent who is a friend of the family and willing to play along,” he said. “Everything is for sale, at the right price.”
The building and restaurant are for sale for $1.3 million. If a buyer is found, Tribuzzo said, he’ll be $1.3 million richer minus commissions. Otherwise, he will keep the doors of the Bistro open.
Tribuzzo said business at the Bistro is good and the restaurant is not struggling with labor issues. Private events are scheduled in 2023,
Unless a buyer comes along, the Bistro’s sales listing will remain open for six months, which is the standard realtor contract offer.
The property was home to Missimi’s Restaurant for over 50 years until owners Anthony and Elizabeth Missimi retired and sold their business to Aaron Ruggles nearly 20 years ago. Since then, the business has remained The Bistro on Main.
“Excellent opportunity for someone looking to own an already established and successful restaurant business,” the listing reads. “There is a lot of potential for growth and expansion for this business.”
The restaurant can accommodate 68 people in its main dining room, plus 58 in its lounge and 22 in its bar. A patio, which was added in 2016, can accommodate 26 people.
There is an apartment for rent above the restaurant, which was once home to the Missimi family, and tenants are responsible for their own utilities, the listing says.
Wojtala said a buyer who buys the restaurant would have the opportunity to expand the business.
“This is a great opportunity for someone looking to buy a restaurant,” he said.