Bob’s Café building for sale

The building that houses the iconic Bob’s Café is for sale – but the business is staying open for now.

A message on the restaurant’s Facebook page reads:

“Bob Lyons and family have decided to sell the property. The business is not affected by this, at this time. We hope everyone will continue to enjoy their favorite meals as they always have!”

Bob’s is at 1312 W. 12th St.

The property is listed with Dale Zomer of Zomer Automotive, who also is a broker with NAI Sioux Falls. Zomer has the restaurant building listed along with his adjacent dealership. A new owner could lease the building back to Bob’s, Zomer said, adding that having both parcels sold together might make the location more attractive to another auto dealer.

He plans to move the Zomer dealership to a smaller location as he balances it with his brokerage business. A rental house at 301 S. Lake Ave. just north of the dealership also is included in the $930,000 listing, although each property could be sold separately.

Bob’s originally was called the Pickle Palace. The building was built in 1944 from lumber recovered from a downtown building fire, according to a history published on the restaurant’s website.

The Pickle Palace was a summer burger joint. The original owners sold it to Ray Starks, who renamed it Rays Drive Inn. In the 1940s, Bob Lyons came in after getting off work at the Nickel Plate restaurant and ended up being hired. Starks sold the business to Lyons in 1951, and it was renamed.

The Lyons family ran Bob’s Café for 50 years until 2000, when it was sold to Ben Weiland and renamed Bob’s Carry Out & Delivery with a focus on broasted chicken.

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Bob’s Café building for sale

The building that houses the iconic Bob’s Café is for sale – but the business is staying open for now.

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