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Cass House Inn and Restaurant in Cayucos is being sold

The Cass House Inn and Restaurant in Cayucos.
The Cass House Inn and Restaurant in Cayucos. The Tribune

The historic Cass House property in Cayucos is currently in escrow, the future owners confirmed this week. And, according to a Facebook post by the current Cass House and Restaurant business owners, the restaurant will close following dinner on Friday night, and the inn will close as of Dec. 1.

Christa Hozie and Traci Nickson, who also own Brown Butter Cookie Co. in Cayucos and Paso Robles, will take over ownership of the property once escrow closes in December, Hozie said.

Hozie did not disclose what the sisters will do with the property, saying only that it “will not be an extension of our current business.” She declined to give further comment, including the value of the deal, until escrow closes.

Gary Bagnall, who owns the property with wife Nancy Bagnall, declined to comment on the sale.

The Cass House was built by Cayucos founder Capt. James Cass between 1867 and 1875. After being abandoned for 12 years, the property was purchased by the Bagnalls in 1993 for $400,000; the couple invested $1.2 million to renovate the property into an inn and restaurant, according to previous Tribune reports.

The current Cass House Inn and Restaurant business owners did not respond to requests for comment, though a post informing patrons of the closure did appear on the Cass House’s Facebook page on Tuesday.

“Dear friends, we have an announcement to make: the Cass House property has been sold and the new owners will not be continuing our business. … Thank you all for making it possible for us to do what we love for the past six and a half years. We don’t have plans for the future yet, but we are hopeful for what lies ahead.”

According to the post, the Cass House restaurant will close following dinner on Friday night, and the inn will remain open through Nov. 30.

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