Before Spaghetti Warehouse closes its original restaurant in the West End on Sunday, customers can visit the restaurant and buy some of memorabilia inside.
Fans can go into the restaurant from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and make offers.
Some of the items can be purchased and taken home immediately, especially the vintage signs — some of which have been hanging on the walls since the restaurant opened 47 years ago. Signs range, generally, from $25 to $100 — though pricing differs from piece to piece.
Spaghetti Warehouse opened in 1972 in the West End and is one of Dallas’ most historic, still-standing restaurants. It’s stocked with collectibles. There’s a full-sized trolley inside the restaurant and a headboard and footboard owned by Stephen F. Austin, among other trinkets.
Not all of those items are for sale. The headboard and footboard are moving to the Arlington restaurant, as is a confessional booth near the entrance of the restaurant. Some of the items will be sold in an online auction that begins after the restaurant closes. (The company organizing the auction has not confirmed the final list of relics that will be for sale, and pricing is not yet available.)
Nothing has been finalized on how the trolley will be removed from the restaurant, or if it’s for sale yet.
The restaurant group decided to host this live sale after “an overwhelming, heartfelt and unprecedented expression of appreciation from our gusts and the Dallas community as a whole,” says Brad Morris, director of operations, in a statement. We can confirm that: We heard from readers across the country after we posted the news that Spaghetti Warehouse was finally shuttering. One woman in Florida is searching for mementos to commemorate her trips to Dallas.
Spaghetti Warehouse was built inside a former pillow factory and is a behemoth space. The kitchens alone are 3,000 square feet or more — “which is the size of a normal restaurant these days,” says Gene Street, who operated a few dozen Spaghetti Warehouses in the late ’90s and 2000s, including the Dallas original.
Bill Watson, the vice president of marketing for Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc., says the restaurant had a loyal following and often was packed with kids.
“It did huge business with bus-loads of kids coming to see the Sixth Floor Museum,” Watson says. “It was not unusual during the school year … to see as many as a couple hundred kids in the restaurant, especially the upstairs.”
Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 1815 N. Market St. It closes Sunday after dinner service.
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