Open houses set in sale of forfeited Charleroi bar

May 23, 2014
Washington County will hold open houses in attempts to find a buyer for this former Charleroi bar that was forfeited in a drug case. - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

CHARLEROI – Washington County will hold open houses next month at a bar taxpayers own under a drug forfeiture in attempts to attract a buyer for the property.

The events were scheduled after the county received no bids in an earlier attempt to sell the former Kaly’s Bar at 421 Fallowfield Ave., said Charleroi Borough Manager Donn Henderson.

“It was a mess inside,” Henderson said Friday of a situation that prompted the county to bring in jail inmates to clean out the building.

“It makes it more presentable,” he said.

The Washington County district attorney’s office petitioned Judge John DiSalle to order a forfeiture of the bar after its former owner, Domenico Varrone of Bentleyville, pleaded guilty to drug possession in October 2011. DiSalle responded by ruling the bar, then known as Domenico’s, violated drug laws that permitted it to be awarded to the county.

Henderson said nearly $9,000 in back taxes are due on the property, and that any proceeds from the sale above that amount would be given to Charleroi Regional police, since one of its officers made the arrest in the case. The liquor license is not included in the sale.

The two-story building has a garage and an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The bar has a working fire-suppression system, which is expensive, Henderson said. The building provides the opportunity for a new business owner to live where he or she works, he added.

The open houses are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 10 and 2 to 4:30 p.m. June 11. Sealed bids will be accepted by the county commissioners through 4 p.m. June 20. For information, visit

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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