Former cafe business in Taunton up for auction on Nov. 30

The once popular dining establishment on Main Street in Taunton will now be sold during an absolute auction on Nov. 30.
Deutz Auctions will auction off the former restaurant as a turn-key business as-is, where-is.
Included in the sale will be two property parcels, a 4,350 square foot building with freezer, appliances, cookware, fixtures and furniture, along with the 2009 Ford F-350 used for the catering business. This will be a live, on-site auction only. Terms are 15 percent down payment due on the sale date with the balance due at closing.
For 30 years, Rusty Rhymer owned and operated Rusty's Corner Cafe and catering business after taking over the restaurant on Aug. 28. 1988 from his brother-in-law.
Rhymer sold the business to Brad and Courtney Norcutt in late December of 2018 and it then became known as Duke's Corner Cafe.
When the pandemic hit, Duke's Corner Cafe closed when Gov. Walz's Executive Order did not allow eating establishments to remain open for in-dining.
Duke's never re-opened and eventually the Norcutts filed for bankruptcy in 2020. The building has stood empty ever since.
Rusty's Corner Cafe was a popular eating establishment, drawing customers from neighboring towns. His barbecued ribs and prime rib specials enticed customers. Rhymer also catered many social events and parties.
When Rhymer sold his business, he was asked how he wanted the cafe to be remembered.
"I don’t want my legacy to be about the good food here because then I have failed,” he said. “What I want people to remember most are the special times they spent with their loved ones at the cafe.” “If they have memories here of a date night with their spouse, a birthday party with their grandma or grandpa, an anniversary supper, or just a nice dinner with family and friends, then I have done what I set out to do.”
There have been rumors that a couple of partnerships are forming and may attempt to buy the building and either continue it as a restaurant or use it for some other type of business if they can get it for a good price at the auction.

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