An iconic Ocean City restaurant is headed for the auction block. English's Chicken, located at the corner of Philadelphia Avenue (Coastal Highway) and 15th Street, is being sold by its owners at a Feb. 20 auction to be held on the restaurant's premises, according to a news release from Baltimore-based auctioneers A. J. Billig & Co., which is conducting the sale.
The property is being sold "as is," except for a few details, according to the Billig website. The sale does not include the English signage, and the trade name "English" is not included in the sale.
English’s was established in Salisbury in 1937 by Jim and Jack English, who opened their Ocean City location in 1963, according to information provided by Daniel Billig of A. J. Billig & Co.
The owners of English's Chicken, which operated only during the summer months, from approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day, will be staying in the chicken business, according to Billig, but will no longer operate restaurants.
A Maryland favorite, English’s expanded into the Baltimore area in the 1970s, with locations on Joppa Road, Ritchie Highway, Patterson Avenue, Liberty Road and Merritt Boulevard. They have since closed.