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Spaghetti Warehouse building sold to local entrepreneur

A local entrepreneur has purchased the former Spaghetti Warehouse building, 444 Central Avenue.
Michael Hertzberg, an owner of one other commercial building and several residential properties, took possession of the building Monday.
Records of the sale on file at the Monroe County Clerk’s office show that he paid a $700 deed-transfer tax, an amount that would indicate a $175,000 purchase price for the five-story structure.
The five-story, 64,000-square-foot former factory has been on the block since the owners of the Texas-based Spaghetti Warehouse chain closed the Rochester eatery Feb.

Spaghetti Warehouse building sold to local entrepreneur

A local entrepreneur has purchased the former Spaghetti Warehouse building, 444 Central Avenue.
Michael Hertzberg, an owner of one other commercial building and several residential properties, took possession of the building Monday.
Records of the sale on file at the Monroe County Clerk’s office show that he paid a $700 deed-transfer tax, an amount that would indicate a $175,000 purchase price for the five-story structure.
The five-story, 64,000-square-foot former factory has been on the block since the owners of the Texas-based Spaghetti Warehouse chain closed the Rochester eatery Feb. 7.
The chain spent more than $1 million less than 10 years ago to turn the Central Avenue building’s 16,000-square-foot ground floor into a cavernous antique-filled, 550-seat restaurant.
The restaurant’s equipment, fixtures and decor will be sold at an auction slated for July 22, Hertzberg said.
The building’s ultimate fate, meanwhile, is presently not clear.
Hertzberg said he is hoping to lease the structure, possibly to another restaurant operator. He said he also will consider selling it.
The restaurant chain’s owners said they were closing the Rochester Spaghetti Warehouse along with other urban locations as part of a plan to refocus on suburban areas.
The Central Avenue eatery’s closing followed some weeks of negotiations in late 1994 by the administration of Mayor William Johnson Jr. in a fruitless attempt to get Spaghetti Warehouse to reverse the closing decision.
In February, Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Carlson told the Rochester Business Journal that he was hopeful of moving another restaurant operation into the building. Carlson then said he was talking to several restaurateurs who were giving the idea serious consideration.

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