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​Spaghetti Warehouse 'firmly committed' to Houston despite Harvey flooding

Jen Para | Houston Business Journal

Flooding from Harvey did a number on many Bayou City restaurants, including Spaghetti Warehouse.

 

The Dallas-based Italian eatery said on Facebook its downtown Houston location at 901 Commerce St. was severely damaged during Harvey’s downpour. And although rumors had suggested it was going to close for good, the restaurant has disputed them.

"Regardless of what happens with its current location, Spaghetti Warehouse is firmly committed to the Houston community, and they are prepared to relocate, if that's what happens," David Ayers, a spokesman for the restaurant, told Houston Business Journal in an email.

 

The restaurant had water up to the first floor at its 901 Commerce St. location, the Houston Chronicle reported, and structural engineers are in the process of determining the extent of the damage, per a press release.

 

No formal plans have been announced for when the restaurant will reopen.

The Houston restaurant had about 100 employees and is working to relocate some of them to Dallas or San Antonio, Ayers told the Chronicle. It also started a crowdfunding campaign on You Caring to help out its Bayou City employees.

 

The Italian chain, which opened in 1972, has three other location in Texas, along with a few more in New York, Ohio and Tennessee, according to its website.

For workers who have lost their jobs, the deadline to apply for unemployment disaster assistance is coming soon. Businesses and nonprofits can also obtain small business disaster loans from the Small Business Administration for help replacing damaged real estate, machinery, equipment or inventory.

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