Abandoned factory, abandoned restaurant, visual feast

May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was dashing back and forth across Hartford on errands today when I saw in the distance the hulk of an old warehouse. I don’t know what its original use was, but in more recent years it was briefly repurposed to be a restaurant called the Spaghetti Warehouse. According to Wikipedia, Spaghetti Warehouse is a chain and it’s still in operation in several cities. Many of its sites are former factories or warehouses. It began in Dallas in 1997 and is now owned by a Korean conglomerate. According to Wikipedia, “On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008, the Pittsburgh Spaghetti Warehouse built the World’s Largest Lasagna weighing 8,800 pounds and serving 9,600 people.” Wikipedia has a long list of cities where restaurants have closed, including Buffalo, New York; Glen Allen, Virginia; Willowbrook, Texas; and Hartford. While it’s no longer serving up lasagna, the crumbling remains of the building are a visual feast, and I hope to go back on a day when I have more time.

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