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Reportedly haunted by ghosts as well as by memories, Earnestine & Hazel’s — the iconic Downtown former jazz café and brothel turned beloved corner bar — is for sale.

The 100-plus-year-old building at the corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson was put on the market this weekend by its owner, Caitlin Chittom.

The $975,000 asking price includes the two-story structure; the furnishings and equipment inside its 2,500 square feet of space, including the famous jukebox and the grill where cooks rustle up the bar’s signature “Soul Burger”; and the Earnestine & Hazel’s name and brand.

“At this point, it’s a requirement that the owner preserve the business,” said Chitton, who inherited the building, bar and other property from her father, veteran restaurateur and club owner Gerald “Bud” Chittom, who died in 2018 at the age of 67. 

“Earnestine’s has its