June 30, 2016

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Cups Cafe doesn’t fill auction bill

Cups Cafe was outbid Wednesday in its quest to buy the building the organization rents at 126 N. Court St. in Medina.

But it’s possible the Christian nonprofit that serves free coffee and lunch to at-risk teenagers can stay there — at least for a while.

The winning bidders at the court-ordered auction were Tony and Carmelina DiFiore, a Strongsville couple who own a chain of auto repair stores and other properties.

Tim Van Arsdale, left, executive director of Cups Cafe, at 126 N. Court St., stands with his parents and spectators during the court-ordered auction Wednesday of the building that houses his cafe. Van Arsdale lost a bid to buy the property. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

They bid $205,000. Cups Cafe’s highest offer was $202,000.

The DiFiores said they were unsure about plans for the building and the cafe.

“Give us a couple days,” Tony DiFiore said. “Let’s see if we can work it out.”

DiFiore said he didn’t know Cups Cafe was a nonprofit.

About 20 spectators attended the auction, but there were no other bidders.

After the auction, Tim Van Arsdale, Cups Cafe’s executive director, said that if the bid had been successful, he would have had access to about $80,000 in pledged donations as part of a plan to buy the building. The rest of the money would have come from a commercial loan.

The auction was ordered after the building was foreclosed on because the previous owner “fell on hard times,” Van Arsdale said.

Van Arsdale said he would use some donations he received that was not pledged to the auction bid to finance relocating the cafe or for improvements.

“We have to wait and see,” he said.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.