FOR SALE: Johnson City’s Beloved Red’s Kettle Inn
An iconic family-run restaurant in Johnson City known for its unique "hot pies" has been listed for sale.
Red's Kettle Inn on CFJ Boulevard closed suddenly in July after the owner of the business was seriously hurt in a vehicle crash.
Anthony Sobiech III has operated the eatery for many years. In a Facebook message posted two months ago, he wrote that he was "dealing with the after effects of a severe concussion."
Sobiech said he'd been advised "to rest as much as possible." He said he was suspending the restaurant's operations "with a heavy heart" but he added: "I WILL BE BACK, it might take me some time, but I am chomping at the bit, to get back to cooking for all of my family’s wonderful friends and customers."
Wally VanVoorhis, a sales representative with Exit Realty Front and Center, said the restaurant was listed about four weeks ago. The asking price is $425,000.
Sobiech could not be reached for comment on his decision to seek a buyer for the Red's Kettle Inn. His wife - Michel Sobiech - told WNBF News Wednesday that she could not discuss the matter.
The restaurant is located on the first floor of the building at the corner of CFL Boulevard and Lester Avenue. Property records indicate there are three apartments on the second floor.
The Kettle Inn opened for business in the 1930s. Anthony "Red" Sobiech became the manager of the restaurant in 1942.
The grand opening for the renamed "Red's Kettle Inn" was held on June 3, 1949.