The owners of the restaurant and bar at the end of Main St. began the process of liquidating the property and hosting an estate sale of everything within the two buildings this weekend.
The estate sale for the Kingston Springs Cafe and Got My Mojo Workin began on Friday and will also be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Maple Shade Estate Sales in Kingston Springs is spearheading the property sales.
Both businesses were owned by Gerald Hemmer, who passed away in August 2021 at the age of 85. The cafe was known to be a meat and three with a bar next door and a barber shop tucked in the middle. Though, townspeople say the businesses were rarely open and not very successful.
That corner lot on Main St. has had a long history of successful businesses residing between its four walls.
It was once known at Mays Sandwich Shop & Soda Fountain, which also had a Mobilubrication attached.
The property was also once Bruce’s Cafe, which served as a restaurant, garage, and gas station in the 60s and 70s.
One resident recalls having ice cream at the soda fountain there as a kid in the ‘60s.
“We would walk down to Main Street from the old, now abandoned elementary school on the hill, and go to the soda fountain there,” she said.
The building was also the old home of the Kingston Springs Water Department in the 80s and even a furniture store.
The prime Main St. location has served as many, many bars – including Barbie’s Corner Pub and even the Fillin’ Station before it moved a few doors down to the location it currently resides in.
Local residents have taken an interest in the property since the owner died two years ago, and many have ideas to one day turn it back into a lively ice cream shop or a cafe, hoping to savor a sliver of downtown Kingston Springs’ charm.