The Literary Cafe in Tremont was put up for sale on Friday. The trendy neighborhood staple has been a part of the community for 26 years. It may not be the usual spot for a new wave of residents but it's been a part of the neighborhood for longer than most residents have lived there.
Known as "The Lit" by locals, the owners are asking for $499,000. This includes its liquor license, a two bedroom second story flat and a backyard garden. The building is one of the oldest in the Tremont neighborhood and dates back to the pre-Civil War era.
"We've been there 26 yeas and we've loved it," co-owner Linda Baldizzi told Cleveland.com
. "We still love it and we hope whoever buys it will have as many happy memories as we have. It was an exciting time to come to Tremont." Baldizzi's husband, Andy Timithy, is the other owner.
"We were both art students and we graduated with art degrees," she said. "We wanted a place where you could sell local artists' work and not take a commission. We had art shows even before Art Walk started, we always wanted original art on the walls. We've also had drawing clubs and poetry readings, and we just recently started a book club. This is not your regular sit and watch sports on the TV bar."
It's time for the couple to retire.
Along with the cafe, The Lit has served as an artistic beacon in Tremont. It's hosted art shows, art sales and poetry readings long before many of the art-centered events and programs began in the neighborhood.
The Lit will remain open while they entertain prospective buyers.