'Everything must go,' items from John E's restaurant to be auctioned off

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 11:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former employee of the now closed John E’s restaurant has filed a complaint with the labor cabinet.  Chris Smeltekop says he hasn’t gotten paid since the restaurant closed and he is still owed a check from a full pay period.

“If he would have just called me and said 'hey I'm not going to be able to pay you,' I probably would have been ok, you know, and given me some explanation but there wasn't any,” Smeltekop said. “It's pretty frustrating we all have bills to pay they have bills to pay as well. I understand that they are in a bad way right now obviously if they have to shut the restaurant down but it put us in a pinch. My wife and I both worked there. It's 100 percent of our income and now we are reeling a little bit.”

It's still a mystery why the Buechel restaurant that served celebrities closed their doors last Friday.

But now everything must go! It will all be auctioned off next week.

“There will be 30 years of memories sold here so I think it will be a pretty good day,” said Billy Collins.

“They got everything. They got framed memorabilia, but there will be silverware, flatware, restaurant equipment, seating, a lot of derby stuff.  There is some taxidermy stuff liquor advertisement so it ought to be something for everybody.”

The auction is Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 1p.m. at the restaurant.  You can come early and look at the items starting as early as 11:30. You can also find a full list of items at collinsauction.com

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