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Mattern’s auction draws a crowd at the closed butcher shop/deli

They’re selling everything from potato chips and pickles to the smokers and slicers.

The auction at Mattern’s Butcher Shop and Corner Deli started on Monday morning and drew a crowd there to purchase items from the restaurant and butcher shop, which closed in late July.

Owners Dustin and Bill Mattern watched as nearly everything inside the business they operated for 7 1/2 years went up for sale. Dustin said there weren’t mixed feelings, just relief to be done and have more time to spend with his family.

Other restaurant owners or butchers showed up for the auction. Some items purchased will go across the street to El Duraguenze Restaurant. Ed Swartley, who operates The Window a half-block away, was also bidding.

George Pesek of Corndance/Evil Czech was there as well as the folks from Mishler’s Meats in Shipshewana. Goshen Brewing Co. owner/brewer Jesse Sensenig purchased a trailer with two smokers on for $4,800.

Dave Pottinger, who owns the building at the corner of Main and Washington in Goshen, said work starts tomorrow to repair a few things before Reverie moves in. The yarn shop is moving a half-block and Soapy Gnome will then move a block to the current Reverie location at 111 E. Washington St., Goshen.

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