The contents of Neil's Heritage House, which enjoyed a five-decade run before shutting down in 2006 and which was resurrected for a second run from 2011 to 2014, are open for online bidding now, and will be auctioned off with finality starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the restaurant at 2323 W. Schantz Ave. in Kettering. A preview of the 393 auction items is planned for Wednesday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The restaurant had a five-decade run before shutting down in January 2006, operated in its later years by Walter Schaller. Then in 2010, Serena Walther, granddaughter of the restaurant’s founder, Neil Swafford, moved from California back to her hometown of Dayton, and with her then-husband Eric Leventhal, renovated the space and reopened the restaurant in 2011. The restaurant opened strong, fueled in part by nostalgia, but later struggled and suspended operations in late 2014.