Gateway to New Hope LLC said Thursday that it will donate fixtures and decorative items from its recently closed Raven bar/restaurant/hotel to local nonprofit New Hope Celebrates (NHC), which will auction them Nov. 7 at Rago Arts in Lambertville.
Up for bid will be more than 100 pieces, including Raven signage, a pool table, bar stools, dance floor, and ceiling tiles, along with heat lamps, planters, appliances and kitchen equipment.
Auction proceeds will benefit NHC, which is focused on highlighting the history and culture of New Hope and promoting the local economy.
“There were so many memories and moments shared in the current Raven, and with the donations from River House at Odette’s, our community is able to keep those memories alive,” said NHC President Matt Hanson.
Gateway to New Hope, which bought the Raven at 385 W. Bridge St. in June, said it will tear down down the iconic club by year end and use the property as a valet parking lot for their new Riverhouse at Odette’s resort, expected to open next spring at the southern end of New Hope on River Road. Gateway said it hopes to build a new “iteration” of the Raven at the current site, but wouldn’t say when initial plans would be completed or provide a target date for construction. Meanwhile, they will “warehouse the Oak Room bar, several stained-glass windows, wood paneling, lighting fixtures, piano and more” for use in the future bar/restaurant/hotel.