Hundreds pack John E's Restaurant Auction

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 7:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Pots, pans, silverware, you name it, it's history. Hundreds packed the dining room of John E's Restaurant on Bardstown Road in Louisville to make their best bids.

"What I saw that I liked were the stools upstairs that I could actually use for my kitchen," Carole Wolak, a bidder, said .

If it's stuff you want, there's plenty of it. Things like stuffed ducks and turkeys, derby memorabilia of all kinds including horse statues, even huge bottles of booze.

John E's announced on February 1 that it would be going out of business due to the economy and the restaurant's owner said in a statement yesterday that his "dream shattered."
People who have dined here for decades are a little sad.

"I just couldn't believe it they closed. I've taken my mom here for Mother's Day on the patio. My ex-wife when we were married for Valentine's," said Tom Frazier.

The auction could bring in more than tens of thousands of dollars.
Many came to the auction to supply their own restaurants and churches as they say farewell.

"We had our Christmas parties here. Birthday clubs. We came, we ate. The food was good. I was just surprised that it closed," Helen Hines, buyer, said.

The owners were not available for comment. Workers say they haven't been paid and it is not certain when they will receive their checks and if previous gift certificates will be reimbursed.

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