The sign board at Browns Point, where Alfred's Cafe owner Richard Bartolatz lives, read:
"Congratulations, R. Bartolatz and Alfred's."
I'd heard Alfred's was for sale. I called Bartolatz to see if that was the good news. Turns out it wasn't. In fact, the Dome-area restaurant with a bordello past almost sold recently, but financing fell through.
So what's with the public congrats? A million-dollar lawsuit by a former business partner that Bartolatz called an extortion attempt has gone away, with only lawyers' fees involved.
Alfred's -- the business, not the building that houses the warren of former bordello rooms -- remains for sale. It earned three stars in 2004.