White Holland House to be demolished

MAYFIELD – The White Holland House Restaurant on Route 29, closed since 2009, soon will be gone for good.

The former restaurant, once known for its fresh turkey dinners from the turkeys raised on the property, will be demolished in an effort to make the property easier to sell, the owner says.

On Saturday, about 100 people gathered at the more than 65-year-old building for an auction of the equipment and furnishings.

County Line Auctions, which ran the event, auctioned off plates, tables, chairs, coffee machines, kitchen equipment and other items.

The building, owned by Clubs N Subs LLC, will have the place demolished in the coming week, said Lorraine Diamond, a member of Clubs N Subs with her brother.

Diamond said they have been trying to sell the building since they closed it in 2009. The building has sustained water and other damage since then.

Diamond said she hopes the cleared site will be more desirable to potential buyers.

She said Clubs N Subs bought the building in 2006 for $450,000. When Clubs N Subs put the building up for sale, Diamond said, it was asking $450,000, but eventually lowered the asking price to $330,000.

Diamond said the demolition “appears the most progressive thing at this point.”

Judith Mihal, daughter of the original owners, Walt and Arlene Coons, said her parents built the restaurant and opened it in 1948 with six tables for customers. Mihal said her parents specialized in “everything turkey.” They had turkey coops in the back to provide fresh turkey for the restaurant.

“The original building contained the dining room, kitchen, bathrooms and entry, and my parents and my twin sister, Barbara Andersen, lived upstairs. My father ran both the restaurant and the turkey farm for quite a number of years,” Mihal said.

Mihal said the restaurant grew, adding a golf lounge, a “birdie lounge” and finally a big dining room. Mihal said the restaurant could seat up to a little more than 300 people.

Shelly Rose, another daughter of the Coons, learned hotel and restaurant management and took over the restaurant after her parents retired. The restaurant was sold in 1996.

Rose was saddened to hear about the demolition.

“It feels terrible. There are a lot of memories here,” Rose said. “It’s been let go. There is nothing else to do with it.”

Dan Verklier of the Mayfield Fire Department attended the auction to try to acquire stools and a coat rack for the Fire Department. Verklier said he remembered eating at the restaurant in its heyday.

“It was a nice place, good food,” Verklier said.

Mihal said she would miss the site and the restaurant.

“I certainly want to remember it that way. We bought a picture that a waitress had painted of the restaurant as a memento today and said ‘goodbye’ to a big part of my entire family’s past,” Mihal said in an e-mail.