Restaurant auctions vintage décor


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A local chain of restaurants is auctioning the last pieces of its history.

Sam Bravata, who opened the first Sam’s Joint in 1977 in Caledonia, is selling the vintage décor from his restaurants in Coopersville, Middleville, Plainwell and Norton Shores.

The restaurants are the last locations in the nine-restaurant chain to be closed.

The décor will be sold during a series of four online auctions at, based in Byron Center.

The first auction will feature 607 items from the Sam’s Joint in Coopersville, at 15520 48th Ave.

The online auction will be from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow.

The auction will feature a range of items Bravata collected from around the state: toys, mid-century collectibles, military artifacts, sports memorabilia, taxidermy pieces, musical instruments, framed artwork, mirrors and more.

Sam’s Joint auctioned décor from other restaurants in the chain at last year.

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