Restaurant owners trying to unload a San Luis Obispo eatery established by Modesto's best-known murderer and victim are using that footnote as a selling point.
"The Shack was founded by Scott and Laci Peterson in 1998," reads an eBay advertisement for the sports bar and grill with an asking price of $199,000.
A man who answered a phone at the restaurant Monday refused to discuss the sale. The ad asks potential buyers to contact owners via e-mail.
The Petersons opened The Shack with help from his parents after attending California Polytechnic State University -- about a mile away -- and sold it before moving to Modesto a few years later.
Scott Peterson killed his wife when she was nearly eight months pregnant just before Christmas 2002 and a judge last week affirmed his death sentence. He moved to death row at San Quentin State Prison on Thursday.
The eatery's link to the high-profile murder could draw potential buyers, said agent Angel Polhemus of CoSol Commercial Real Estate in Modesto. Her job includes helping owners develop sales strategies.
"I would think that's going to bring them lots of interest," Polhemus said. The "creepy" factor shouldn't affect the restaurant because it had nothing to do with the crime, she said.
Peterson home not on market
Though authorities could not determine where, when or how Peterson killed his pregnant wife and unborn son, prosecutors theorized that it happened in their Modesto home at 523 Covena Ave.
Adam Stewart, an attorney representing Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother, said more than three weeks ago that the home would go up for sale in the next couple of weeks. The home has yet to be listed and Stewart could not be reached Monday for comment.
Another property connected to the case -- an office bought by Scott Peterson's lawyer Mark Geragos in Redwood City, where the trial was held -- went on the market last fall but no longer is listed.
Geragos used the office's parking lot to display a replica of his client's famed fishing boat while jurors deliberated his guilt in November. The stunt backfired when crowds put flowers, candles and other items in and near the boat, producing a shrine to Laci and Conner Peterson.
Geragos bought the corner lot at 749 Brewster Ave. in July for $1.75 million and listed it in November at $1.99 million. Redwood City real estate agent Jack Hirsch recently said the vacant office is "temporarily off" the market and didn't elaborate.
As for the San Luis Obispo eatery, Polhemus said it appears the owners are trying to sell it without using an agent. No listing was found on industry sites.
The eBay ad says The Shack is 2,100 square feet, including a patio, with a lease at $4,600 per month running through May 2008. Its owners hope to move to the Bay Area, the ad reads.
The $199,000 asking price includes a 61-inch big-screen TV and three smaller TVs, a satellite TV system, audio system, soda machine, ice machine, 55 chairs, 15 tables, a bar and 25 bar stools. A beer and wine license is transferable, according to the ad.
"Somebody not even in the restaurant business who wants a piece of fame might buy it just to be recognized," Polhemus said.
Three eBay sellers also are trying to move three copies of Thursday's Bee, which included in-depth reports on Peterson's formal sentencing. The highest bid as of Monday afternoon for one copy, sold last week for 50cents, was $10.
Bee staff writer Garth Stapley can be reached at 578-2390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.