We know, we know. Back in March, Spaghetti Warehouse revealed its plans to close in Ybor Square for good, only to remain open after receiving an outpouring of support from local diners.
On Monday, however, Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants Inc. announced an official closing date for the longtime Ybor City eatery. Spaghetti Warehouse, housed since 1983 inside a historic building that was once the world's largest cigar factory, will permanently shutter Oct. 2.
"Today we have made the difficult business decision to announce the permanent closure of the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, located in the Historic Ybor City neighborhood," the statement reads. "Within the past several months, we have made every effort to remain open. Because of the overwhelming response and support we received from the community, we made an emotional decision to continue serving our guests with the hope we could experience a turnaround and find a replacement location."
That didn't happen. But the company says it hopes to find another Tampa area location for the event-driven Spaghetti Warehouse in the future.
"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 statement continues. "To our many guests and to everyone throughout the Tampa community, we say, again, thank you. We enjoyed serving you, your family and friends. And, it was our pleasure to celebrate your many birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions."