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For $2.65 Million, You Can Own a Historic and Allegedly Haunted Bar in Tomales Bay

The William Tell House, allegedly one of the oldest bars in the Bay Area, is up for sale

NBTELL17-C-03AUG01-NF-LH—William Tell House on Highway 1 in Tomales for restaurant review. clockwise—On far left is Denise Bottemiller (cq), Kathy Norwood, waitress Jackie Gobbi, and under hat is Mike Crayne. (BY LIZ HAFALIA/THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
The William Tell House, located on Highway 1 in Tomales Bay, is up for sale.
Photo By LIZ HAFALIA/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning a piece of West Marin history, now might be the time to make that vision a reality. According to SFGATE, the historic William Tell House located off Highway 1 in Tomales Bay recently hit the market for a list price of just over two and a half million dollars. The $2.65 million price tag includes the property and the business, which comes with a Type 47 liquor license, so the new owner would claim both the restaurant and four-room hotel — plus what alleges to be the oldest saloon in Marin County. According to SFGATE, the ghost of Arturo Invernizzi, ranch hand and regular at the Tell House back in the 1930s, haunts the bar.

The property dates back to the late 1870s and reopened following a lengthy renovation in 2019 after being purchased by Bay Area restaurateur Ted Wilson. “We made it through COVID, basically struggled through it like everybody, but made it to the other side,” Wilson told SFGATE. Then the investment group behind the business “came to the conclusion that it was best if we could all just walk away from it.” The on-site restaurant has been closed since 2022, but the inn has remained open.

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