Poirrier’s auction set for Thursday
BRECKENRIDGE – Thursday, auctioneers will take bids on the Victorian furniture, kitchen fixtures and inventory from Poirrier’s at the Wellington.
The state Department of Revenue seized the restaurant late last year after owners Bobby and Connie Poirrier failed to pay sales and employee withholding taxes.
The Poirriers could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The auction marks the end of a 15-year history of the Cajun food restaurant. The state did not seize the building, which includes an inn upstairs.
“It’s always sad when a business doesn’t make it,” said Dick Carleton, managing partner of the Hearthstone Restaurant Group. “It’s a shame. Everybody loses. It’s not a happy time. They’re wonderful people. That’s a loss to our community to lose that restaurant.”
Bobby and Connie Poirrier opened Poirrier’s Cajun Cafe in February 1988 in a small commercial space in Reliance Square, about four blocks south of the existing restaurant. They expanded to include a dining room the following year and then moved to the Wellington Inn, at the corner of Wellington Road and Main Street, in November 2000.
It is not known why the business failed or how much it owes the state. The state also seized a furniture store at County Road 450 and Highway 9 almost two years ago because its owners hadn’t paid taxes. It has since been replaced by another furniture store.
Poirrier’s auction items run the gamut but primarily include restaurant equipment, Victorian bedroom furniture, appliances and hundreds of bottles of wine. Photos at bcauction.net show display cases, decor, bar tables and a back bar and china, among many other items.
Four bedrooms in the three-story building feature chairs, armoires, televisions, canopy and four-poster beds, lounging sofas, wing-back chairs and bureaus. Also on the auction block are outdoor patio furniture, office supplies, linens and rugs.
“It’s going to be a wild time out there,” said auctioneer Buster Cattles. “There’s a lot of stuff.”
For more information, log onto http://www.bcauction.net.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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