News of the shutter of Spaghetti Warehouse, which is closing its original location in the West End after 47 years in business, is still reverberating for all of us.
No more trips to the West End for lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs. No more selfies in the vintage trolley.
In fact, memories about the trolley and some of the other decorative fixtures were among the items mentioned most frequently by old-time customers upon hearing of the closure, and now those items are for sale.
A company called TAGeX Brands (www.TAGeXBrands.com) is handling the liquidation of the contents of the restaurant in an online auction on a site called RestaurantEquipment.Bid.
Pretty much everything will be up for grabs, including not just the kitchen equipment and dining room furniture but all of the decorative items and cool fixtures that were in the location.
All bidding will be open to the public. The auction site is here.
Photos of actual items won't be posted until after the restaurant closes, according to company spokesman Josh Bowman.
"We'll have access as soon as they close on October 20, and then we'll post photos of every item for sale," he says.
His company has done similar auctions for other Spaghetti Warehouse locations across the country, but he says this one is unique.
"Because this is the original location, we're trying to get everything in the building, even stuff that's bolted to the floor," he says.
The big question is, what's going to happen to the trolley, and that question is still unresolved.
"We're not sure if we'd have to demo one of the walls to get it out of there, but we are looking to get everything listed in the auction," he says. "With items in an auction, it's the bidder's responsibility to get their items out, and we've had people take serious steps with some of the bigger items and fixtures. With something like the trolley, you have to wonder, how did they get it in there in the first place?"
Bowman says that auctioning off the contents is an awesome way for smaller restaurants to afford some of the higher ticketed pieces while promoting sustainability and keeping the equipment, paper, plastic, glass and waste out of landfills.
All of the auctions start at $1 with no reserves, and it's free to bid.
"Here's your chance to take home a piece of Spaghetti Warehouse history," he says.
UPDATE 10-17-2019: Spaghetti Warehouse announced that some items from the restaurant would be moving to Arlington, including a confessional booth and a booth made from a headboard and footboard once owned by the Stephen F. Austin.
In addition, they're entertaining offers for their signage. A third-party expert is available to evaluate and accept any offer.
They also stated that the online auction would be announced on the Spaghetti Warehouse Dallas Facebook page.