Some of the crowd that showed up for the John E's auction.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds showed up at John E's for an auction after the restaurant suddenly closed. The owner tells WAVE 3 the economy, competition, and maintenance issues took a toll on the restaurant that has been around since 1983.
"I can't believe how many people showed up," said former server Jessica Haysley.
Just about everything was up for grabs - pots and pans, glasses, plates, and kitchen equipment.
"I have two restaurants," said restaurant operator Adam Lee. "I operate Austin's and KT's restaurants. It's an opportunity to get some good deals."
The good deals is what brought out Kevin Nelson, who works for Wayside Christian Mission.
"We always trying to find a good price on used kitchen equipment to try and sustain feeding the people in need," said Nelson.
For many people, they say they will remember the memories.
"They had the celestial chicken that no one offers," said Haysley. "Denny Crum was a frequent member out here I personally served him several times."
The memorabilia is what drew others.
"They have a lot of mirrored stuff collectible on the walls, autographed pictures," said Lee.
"I'm really sad they are closing and really sad to see it like that," said Haysley.
The owner said nearly 60 people lost their jobs because of closing.
One big question mark is the John E's gift cards. The owner says they aren't sure what they are going to do just yet, they will likely make an announcement on their Facebook page.
If you have a gift card, you can make a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
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