The auction of the former home of C. F. Donovan’s, the once-popular Savin Hill restaurant, was delayed until August 12. An auction was originally set to take place on July 29 at the 112 Savin Hill Ave. site.
A $20,000 deposit is necessary to enter the bidding process. The new date has the same time: 10 a.m. The last minute delay led to several potential bidders and neighborhood observers appearing at the restaurant Thursday. A representative from the mayor’s office also made an appearance. The building has 4,600 square feet of space.
Mt. Washington Bank has had control of the building and other assets tied to the property. Arthur Donovan, the longtime owner, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in November 2009, around the time the popular restaurant shuttered its doors. Donovan had been seeking to expand, with a restaurant in Hyde Park that never opened.
C. F. Donovan’s had become a longtime fixture of the Savin Hill neighborhood, located directly across the street from the Savin Hill MBTA station, and McKenna’s restaurant. The restaurant had been struck by a one-alarm fire last summer, which caused minor smoke damage, but it reopened shortly afterwards, only to close permanently two months later.