The parent company of Spaghetti Warehouse announced today in a news release that the Tampa location would be shutting its doors after 30 years in operation. BD Brands said in the release, “We have made the difficult business decision to suspend operations and announce the closure of the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, located in Historic Ybor City.” The release continued on to say, “We are working closely with everyone on our staff, whose hard work and dedication is appreciated and we thank them for their many contributions.”
The news release also thanked the restaurant’s many customers. It said, “We enjoyed serving you, your family and friends. And, it was our pleasure to share in the celebrations that took place over countless lunches and dinners, not to mention birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.” The Ybor City restaurant will operate through Wednesday, March 9, with the closure taking effect the following day.
The Spaghetti Warehouse in historic Ybor Square was located in a building that used to house the largest cigar factory in the world. The building was once was the V.M. Ybor Cigar Factory, which Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened in 1886. Harris Mullen purchased Ybor Square, located at 1911 N. 13th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues, in the 1970s, creating a space that housed offices, antique stalls and, eventually Spaghetti Warehouse, which opened in 1983. The building is currently owned by the Church of Scientology, which purchased the three-building complex for $7 million in 2010.
The Ybor City location was the only Spaghetti Warehouse location in Florida. The restaurant specialized in Italian fare, including its signature 15-layer lasagna. Spaghetti Warehouse currently operates other locations in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. BD Brands also owns the Papa Johns and Stir Crazy Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill chains.
The Spaghetti Warehouse in Oklahoma City, which opened its doors in 1989, recently closed earlier this month. Now, everything inside the restaurant is for sale through an internet auction, including unique décor, furniture, and even a big fryer. It remains to be seen if the same thing will happen with the Ybor City restaurant.