The future of the iconic Biff-Burger and the adjoining Buffy’s BBQ in St. Pete is uncertain, as the property’s assets will be auctioned.
Biff-Burger, which opened in the 1950s in St. Petersburg and had several different owners over the years, is now up for auction. It is the only remaining Biff-Burger restaurant in the U.S.
Biff-Burger, an acronym for “best in fast food,” last switched hands earlier this year when Justin Basil, manager at Tampa-based Rockwell Investments, purchased the two parcels at 3939 49th St. N. in a $1.4 million deal.
At that time, Basil told the St. Pete Catalyst he was interested in the property due to its frontage on 49th Street. Basil’s wife, Lauren Basil, operates the Mosh Posh consignment store in Tampa, which closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Basil was not immediately available to comment on the decision for the property to be auctioned.
However, Bay Area Auction Services’ listing for the auction reads, “On behalf of the owner/principal prior to the demolition and property redevelopment, we have been commissioned to sell the entire asset inventory of this local landmark burger bar.”
The auction is slated for Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The auction includes all of the cooking equipment.
This location is known for its elements of the “classic” Biff-Burger architecture, with an existing original road sign, according to the business description. Adjoined to Biff-Burger is Buffy’s Southern Pit BBQ, which is recognizable by the pink ’57 Chevy on the roof.
The business has faced financial woes in recent years. In 2020, the St. Pete restaurant temporarily closed due to a failed health inspection from the state.