Items from Dante's Down the Hatch, the Atlanta restaurant and night club, will be auctioned Sept. 21 Items and equipment from Dante’s Down the Hatch – the iconic Atlanta restaurant and nightclub that stood for more than 30 years in the fashionable Buckhead section of town – will be sold on Sept. 21st
News-Antique.com - Aug 17,2013 - (ATLANTA, Ga.) - Items and equipment from Dante’s Down the Hatch – the iconic Atlanta restaurant and nightclub that stood for more than 30 years in the fashionable Buckhead section of town – will be sold on-site, at 3380 Peachtree Road, on Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at 9 a.m. (EST). Dante’s recently closed its doors, having fought unsuccessfully to have a huge property tax bill lowered.
The auction – which will feature a wide range of antiques, props, architectural items, vintage cars and restaurant equipment – will be conducted by Ahlers & Ogletree, Inc., the Atlanta-based auction firm. A preview party will be held Friday, Sept. 20, also on-site. For those unable to attend the sale in person, online bidding will be available via LiveAuctioneers.com.
For a cost of $95, people can register to bid on the premises and be a part of Dante’s closing events. The price includes registration, a catalog of auction items, food and drink for the entire weekend and great music by Dante's long-time in-house jazz band, the John Robertson Trio. More information can be found at the Ahlers & Ogletree website -- aandoauctions.com.
Dante’s Down the Hatch was as colorful and eclectic an establishment as its octogenarian owner, Dante Stephensen, a former Navy SEAL who opened the original Dante’s restaurant in Underground Atlanta in 1970. When business declined in 1981, he moved the operation uptown, to Buckhead. It was an instant success, with its fondue menu, nightly jazz, turtles and crocodiles.
Turtles and crocodiles? Yes, Mr. Stephensen envisioned Dante’s as much a tribute to his worldwide travels as a place to wine and dine. The place featured a replica of a 19th century ship as a centerpiece, one that included a “moat” filled with turtles and crocodiles. The ship was a replica of the 18th century vessel the Bounty, as featured in the movie Mutiny on the Bounty. The mast and sails were authentic, the mast a massive barkantine piece off the Georgian ship the Barba Negra. Other touches included a genuine ship's telegraph and a ship's binnacle.
Nearly everything will come up for bid, to include striking architectural elements such as Baptist pews, a Spanish Catholic confessional and an 18th century Orthodox Presbyterian hand carved pulpit, all brought over from churches in Europe; a pair of 11-foot-tall exterior doors from the Land Bank in London; fabulous stained glass pieces, including windows from England that tell the story of the Industrial Revolution; and hand-crafted beveled glass windows framed in nickel.
Also sold will be a two-story bar with glass-paneled ceiling, two large clocks originally from the 1890 Lloyd’s of London building in England, three vintage elevators, a Steinway piano, antique masts and sails and a large ship’s wheel, brass light fixtures, nautical-themed props, wax figures from Madame Tussaud’s, vintage advertising signs and antique cars. These include:
a 1928 Whippet four-door sedan
a 1930 Ford A Huckster, fully restored
a 1933 Rolls Royce touring sedan
a 1935 Packard 7-seat salon
a 1939 Cadillac limousine