Future of Judy's Castle uncertain after it sells at auction

Published: Oct. 15, 2018 at 4:37 PM CDT
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On Monday afternoon a popular restaurant that's been operating in Bowling Green for around 50 years sold at auction.

Paul and Felicia Durbin have owned Judy's Castle for the last 24 years and recently decided to sell it, with the hope that someone would keep running it as a restaurant. Mr. Durbin said he decided to sell the business in order for him and Felicia to spend more time with their grandchildren.

At the end of the auction, Bowling Green local Jim "Ebo" Brown purchased the restaurant, the office that sits across the parking lot, and a vacant lot on the other side of that office for $286,225 including the buyer's fee.

According to Brown, he's not sure what he'll do with the property, but he said he has no plans to continue running the restaurant unless he ends up leasing it to someone who is willing to keep Judy's Castle going.

"If somebody wants to lease it, I would lease it to them if they want to lease it and operate it as a restaurant but I'm not in the restaurant business. Mr. Durbin was, I'm not," said Brown.

"I buy anything that I think might work and make a little money and I can lease it out, whichever way. I'm not in the restaurant business," he added.

Paul and Felicia Durbin said they're glad to see the entire property sell all together, instead of breaking up the office, the lot, and the restaurant building, but they are upset that the restaurant will not continue operating.

"He (Brown) may not even keep it as a restaurant which I think would be a mistake, you know everybody wants to come to Judy's Castle. But that's his decision. He bought it, he's going to do what he wants to do and we'll see what happens after that," said Paul Durbin.

"Right now as far as I'm concerned, until he (Brown) gets it leased and gets some other people, unless it happens real quick, I'm going to say Judy's is closed for a while," added Durbin.

Paul Durbin said his main concern is for the regulars who eat at Judy's Castle and for the employees, who are now without a job. The future of Judy's Castle remains unclear until Mr. Brown decides what he wants to do with his new investment.

As of now, Judy's Castle is closed until further notice.