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Yellow Brick Bank faces auction block

September 22, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Yellow Brick Bank, a popular Shepherdstown restaurant known for its fine dining and occasional celebrity guests, is slated to go on the auction block Friday as a result of financial problems, according to officials and court records.

The restaurant at the corner of German and Princess streets is scheduled to be auctioned at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the front entrance to the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, according to a legal advertisement in a local newspaper.

The auction follows a suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, which alleges that restaurant owner Kevin Connell failed to pay a local contractor $24,682 for construction and renovation to the restaurant, according to court records.

The suit asks that the restaurant be sold to satisfy a lien which the contractor, Michael F. Taylor, placed against the property.

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Connell, who also resides in Vermont, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Taylor declined to comment, referring questions to his attorney, Michael L. Scales, who could not be reached.

The restaurant is in an old bank building, which Connell bought in 1976. He started by specializing in 10 different types of seafood, and paying special attention to detail.

Connell has said he searched the world over for some of the ingredients he needed for the meals.

The restaurant has been a popular attraction, even among celebrities. Former first lady Nancy Reagan and columnist George Will once showed up at the restaurant, and a few movie stars have walked through the doors over the years, Connell has said.

In 1994, Connell announced plans to expand the restaurant, saying he needed more kitchen space. Part of the kitchen was upstairs, so chefs had to use an elevator to take meals downstairs to customers.

Connell said at the time that the addition would also allow him to add 30 seats to the restaurant.




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