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Old Jillian's Sign Put Up for Auction by Kenton County

A piece of Covington nightlife history is on the auction block.

The large, tall sign that once announced the location of Jillian's can be yours.

Kenton County Fiscal Court placed the item for bids on the online government auction site, Gov Deals.

The starting bid is $50.

Kenton County purchased the historic Bavarian Brewery site and is converting part of the old building and constructing an adjacent structure to serve as the new home of the county government. That work is expected to be completed next year.

Jillian's operated for eight years in the historic building in the 1990s and early 2000s. It featured a restaurant, bowling alley, multiple floors for dancing, bars, games, and more.

The sign remained in place for years after Jillian's closed, and was highly visible from I-75.

The sale is for the entire sign, including all attachments from the ground level to the top. The buyer would be responsible for the safe removal of the structure, including tools needed for safe disassembly.

The County encourages potential buyers to carefully review all images and perform a site inspection. Submission of a bid shall serve as evidence of a site inspection by the buyer. A two-hour window has been set by the county for potential bidders to review the site, on Wednesday, October 31, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The sign's removal will be the final erasure of the legacy of Jillian's in Covington. Jillian's Way, the connector street between Martin Luther King Blvd. and Pike Street, was official renamed Simon Kenton Way by the fiscal court.

Check out the full details here.

-Staff report

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