Hobie's closes doors, but auction allows memories to live on
Hobie’s Cafe and Pub, which has been a staple in the East Lansing Community for 49 years, closed its doors — but part of it will still live on. Items from Hobie’s will be auctioned off through Sheridan Realty and Auction company.
Bidding will take place online until Jan. 23 at 1 p.m.
All of the items will be loaded out on Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winners of the items are responsible for picking them up and transferring them off of the property.
The auction opened Jan. 9, and already more than 1,000 people have visited the auction.
“We have had some huge response to this," Neil Sheridan, sales manager of the auction, said. "Hobie’s was a landmark here in the Michigan State community, and everybody wants to get a piece of history."
There is a variety of options to bid on. The auction is selling Spartan memorabilia that was once part of the restaurant. Some of the items up for grabs include hockey sticks autographed by Ryan Miller, basketballs from the woman’s basketball team, national champion hats, posters, and calendars.
Jane Kleiman, owner of Hobie’s, suspects the gem of the auction will be the tables made out of wood from Jenison Field House. The old basketball court of Jenison was reused and made into a table that features multiple signatures from past basketball players.
Hobie's ultimately closed its doors Dec. 30, 2017, right before the New Year.
Kleiman said she hopes to reopen the doors in a new spot and is searching for a piece of property to own, and not lease like the old location.
Some items, such as the signage and the pieces that have Hobie’s on them, were withheld from the auction to use in case Hobie’s ends up relocating.
Although the restaurant itself is not open for dining, there is still the possibility of feasting on the Hobie’s food.
“It looks like we might be able to continue with the catering business for right now. We do not have a storefront,” Kleiman said.
Peter Ryan, Lansing resident, had been going to Hobie’s for 30 years. He said he was first drawn to the place for its soup when he was a child, but as time went on he returned for the community Hobie’s offered.
“It was history for me," Ryan said. "I’ve been going there since I was young, so I just kept going. I always enjoyed the people, the atmosphere and the food."
Following nearly half a century of memories, citizens have an opportunity to keep a piece of Hobie's with them.
Members of the community interested in bidding in the auction can come down to 930 Trowbridge Rd., where Hobie’s is located, on Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Jan. 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. They can walk through to see what memorabilia will fit well into their homes and lives.