The former site of  Lenhardt's and Christy's in Clifton Heights.  Lucy May/WCPO Digital
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CINCINNATI -  The owners of Lenhardt’s Restaurant and Christy’s Biergarten are putting more than 800 lots and 60 years of memories on the auction block this weekend.

The assets are being sold online by Worley Auctioneers & Appraisers. You can bid now and view the complete catalog at worleyauctioneers.com.

A public preview was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the site, 151 W. McMillan Ave., in Clifton Heights.

The auction ends Sunday starting at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Worley Auctioneers at (513) 774-9182.

The auction includes everything from menus, pre-Rookwood fireplaces, chandeliers and custom wine caves to the cast-iron gates in front, said auctioneer Penny Worley.  

Bars, furniture, china, glassware, kitchen equipment, neon signs and memorabilia are also included.  

“This is a truly comprehensive auction,” Worley said.

The three-generation family restaurant, which closed this year, was the subject of a preservation battle between neighborhood activists and the retired owners.

In August, City Council declined to grant the old mansion historic landmark status, giving a green light for demolition to make way for a seven-story student housing development and retail a block from the University of Cincinnati campus.

“We care deeply about our customers and our community, but there’s a point where you just have to move on,” owner Christy Windholtz Lammers said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to the auction as an opportunity to celebrate the Lenhardt’s legacy and welcome lots of old friends for one last round.” 

The dispute over the old mansion started in February when the CUF Neighborhood Association heard about the Windholtz family’s plan to sell it and nearby properties.

The neighborhood association filed a request with the city to get historic landmark status before the family sought a demolition permit. Under the city’s municipal code, the neighborhood’s request for historic designation halted any other work that could happen to the building.

So when the Windholtz family applied for a demolition permit in March, no work could proceed while city officials deliberated the matter.

The city’s Historic Conservation Board voted in March that the former Goetz House should be declared a historic landmark.

Then the Cincinnati Planning Commission in May voted in favor of the family.

When the final council vote came in August, only Yvette Simpson voted for historic landmark status.

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