Spaghetti Warehouse launches online liquidation auction for Houston items
Update: Houston Business Journal spoke with a representative from Spaghetti Warehouse for the brand's comment on the auction. The spokesperson said that the restaurant remains committed to staying in Houston. The story below has been updated to reflect his comments.
Spaghetti Warehouse closed its downtown Houston location at 901 Commerce St. after experiencing floods up to the first floor during Harvey’s downpour. Rumors suggested the Dallas-based Italian eatery would close its Houston location for good, but the restaurant disputed them.
Now, Spaghetti Warehouse is selling some items from the Houston location through an online auction, according to a press release. Bidding has already begun at RestaurantEquimpent.bid, a Pittsford, New York-based online auction site for restaurant and foodservice equipment, with prices starting at $1. The auction will end on Dec. 14.
The restaurant is only selling items that it won't use in the next location, a spokesman from the eatery told HBJ. He added that Spaghetti Warehouse is "absolutely committed to staying in Houston," though decisions haven't been finalized as to whether the concept will stay at its current location or move elsewhere in the Bayou City.
In addition to several refrigerators, shelves and a hostess table, items at the auction include chandeliers, a trolley sign and an antique safe originally built for the Melissa State Bank, as of Nov. 29. However, some auction items, such as an antique hutch, were mistakenly placed on the site, the spokesperson said. The restaurant is working with RestaurantEquipment.bid to take some of them down.
In September, a spokesman for the brand said, "Regardless of what happens with its current location, Spaghetti Warehouse is firmly committed to the Houston community, and they are prepared to relocate.”
The Italian restaurant first opened in 1972 in Dallas and debuted in Houston the next year, per the release. In total, the company has eight open locations in Texas, Ohio and New York, per its website.
Several businesses, schools and churches have filed building permits with the city of Houston related to Hurricane Harvey damage, including the Alley Theatre in downtown Houston, Frost Bank in the Energy Corridor and KHOU-TV’s station near the Buffalo Bayou. H-E-B had to permanently close its Meyerland-area store because of extensive flooding damage, and Drink Houston, a 15-year-old nightclub and bar venue in the Marq’E Entertainment Center, cited Harvey for its closure as well.