Dante's Down the Hatch Items Hit Auction Block

If you're still crying in your rum punch about the fabulous establishment's closing, simply dry your eyes and get out your checkbook.

Photo courtesy Fran Morrison This postcard was picked up by a lucky Atlanta resident able to get a reservation before the storied landmark locked its doors to the public. 

We know a lot of you were sad to see the closing of one of Atlanta’s most iconic structures last month. We’re talking about Dante's Down the Hatch, probably the city’s cheesiest fondue place ever, which shuttered after an unsuccessful campaign to have its property taxes lowered. Sadly, the legendary institution will be mowed over for more fancy Buckhead condos

If saying goodbye is not your thing, today is your lucky day. Memorabilia and equipment from the establishment are scheduled to go on the auction block Saturday, Sept. 21 starting at 9 a.m. Goods will be sold on-site with a preview party the night before. 

Reportedly, almost every item that was in the restaurant for more than 40 years is up for grabs, including architectural pieces such a Spanish Catholic confessional, an Orthodox Presbyterian hand-carved pulpit that dates back to the 18th century and Baptist church pews. Bring a pickup truck and take home a pair of 11-foot exterior doors from the Land Bank in London or choose from several stained-glass pieces and handcrafted beveled-glass windows framed in nickel.

We’d like to get our hands on the two-story bar with a glass-paneled ceiling. It might be easier to haul one of two large clocks originally from the 1890 Lloyd's of London building in England. And let’s see: Where could we put three vintage elevators, a Steinway piano, antique masts and sails, and a large ship's wheel? Surely there is a place somewhere that needs brass lighting fixtures or nautical-themed props. Get the guys from Salvage Dawgs in here STAT! 

Or bring a designated driver and take home a vintage 1933 Rolls-Royce or a 1928 Whippet four-door sedan. Better yet, bring your chauffeur and bid on a 1939 Cadillac limousine. 

We did not see any alligators on the list of items for sale. 

An all-inclusive ticket goes for $95 and that allows you to bid, enjoy the pre-party festivities and take home the official catalog. Entertainment comes courtesy Dante's longtime in-house jazz band, the John Robertson Trio, and the kitchen will serve up munchies. One. Last. Time. If you can’t make it out, online bidding will be available via LiveAuctioneers.com.

Ahlers & Ogletree, an Atlanta-based auction firm, will host the event. See their website for all the details. 



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