Mike Atchity could not help but to reminisce during Tuesday's auction at the former Taylor's Steakhouse.
Atchity helped construct the building and operated a restaurant there for 17 years.
"I worked for the construction company that built the place," Atchity said. "I assisted for the brick and block layers. I shoveled the mud so I could support my family."
Atchity's memories are of both good times and bad.
He purchased the old Sportsman Club in 1975. Not long after that, a faulty smoke stack in the kitchen area started a fire in December of that year, destroying the property.
He rebuilt the business — called Atch's — at the same site.
It eventually became one of three similar businesses to open in Hastings, Grand Island and Lincoln.
"I have good memories of the customers. A lot of them have come up to me today," Atchity said.