Landmark crab house in Remington going to auction

A Remington landmark to go to auction

Sterling's Crab and Oyster House, a landmark in the Remington neighborhood for more than 65 years, is headed for auction.

Established in 1949, the carry-out restaurant at 401 W. 29th St. is best known for its overstuffed mixed-seafood sub sandwiches, and the red-script Sterling's logo is a familiar site for Baltimoreans traveling on 29th Street on their way to and from the Jones Falls Expressway.

The auction, which will be conducted on July 7 by A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers, will include the building at 401 W. 29th as well as its equipment and fixtures.

The auction also includes two other major assets -- a six-day liquor license and an adjacent property at 2830 Miles Ave. Offers will be accepted for all or parts of the property and assets.

"I'm hoping whoever buys it keeps it [running] as Sterling's," said Dorothy Goff, who said she purchased the business 11 years ago from its original owners. "I couldn't imagine it being something else."

Goff said she is selling Sterling's because it's become too hard for her to run. "I can't handle it anymore," she said. "I need someone in here who can take care of it."

The reserve asking price is confidential, according to Daniel Billig of A.J. Billig.

If the auction doesn't result in sale, Goff said, "I will run it until it sells."

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