Whidbey couple has designs on Mike’s Place

Mike’s Place in Langley may have a prospective buyer.

Mayor Larry Kwarsick an-nounced during Monday’s City Council meeting that an interested party has come forward and begun talks with the city about possible uses for the old restaurant.

Kwarsick said the prospective owners appear to be looking at a mixed use, continuing to use the upstairs as overnight living space or a vacation rental, while the bottom floor could be used for a yet to be decided commercial purpose.

“It doesn’t look like they are interested in a restaurant,” Kwarsick said.

Jason Joiner, a managing broker for Windermere Real Estate in Freeland, is representing the interested buyers and described them as a married couple who own property on Whidbey Island, including Langley.

The building is currently owned by Whidbey Island Bank. Joiner said his clients are in a feasibility period to ascertain possible uses for the building and costs of possible renovation.

Joiner confirmed the prospective buyers are interested in using the upstairs for overnight accommodations but made it clear that no decisions have been made about the downstairs.

“They haven’t ruled anything out,” he said.

In fact, solid proposals from people interested in renting the space for a business, whatever that might be, are welcome and may even aid in his clients’ decision-making process to buy the building.

To make a proposal, call Joiner at 360-331-6006.

Located on the corner of Anthes Avenue and First Street, the building is not a historical structure but it does have a colorful past.

According to Kwarsick, it was for a long time a gas station and the home of Clyde Motors. The two-story building was renovated in the late 1980s and became a bakery before being renovated again and housing Mike’s Place restaurant.

Former owners Mike and Mary-Elizabeth Rosenberg closed the building last year.

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