Italian Restaurateurs Showcase Rising Warehouse Conversion Trend

Based in America, the Spaghetti Warehouse Chain is a great example of the corporate warehouse conversion trend that is currently on the rise. Bringing to mind bowls of carbo-loaded goodness, mixed with authentic Italian meatballs and sprinkled with a delicious tomato-base sauce, these lucrative restaurateurs have shown that location is just as important as hearty food when it comes to generating good revenue.

Now available in 16 different locations around the U.S., the Spaghetti Warehouse started off as a single venture in Columbus, Ohio in 1978. It was acquired in 1988 by Consolidated Restaurant Cos who later sold to a LA-based investment firm Frandeli, Inc. Gaining a reputation for authenticity right off the bat, one of primary reasons that Spaghetti Warehouse Inc. didn’t devolve into the average restaurant chain was its choice of shop. Similar to a lot of London warehouse conversions, one of the major attractions of the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurants, besides their tasty dishes on offer, is the history behind each of the buildings.

Providing distinctive talking points that not many eateries can boast, the Spaghetti warehouse restaurants are home to a hoard of vastly different secrets – all sealed within the unique dining halls of each of the sixteen locations. Guests who frequent these timeless tables are as interested in the history surrounding them as they are in filling their tummies.

Since its realisation in 1979, the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurateurs have built the World’s Largest Lasagna, which weighed 8,800 pounds and was served to 9,600 people, and have acquired a wealth of history beneath their belts. Their warehouse conversions include everything from an 1891 pillow factory in Dallas, to a 1902 prohibition brothel, and an old ice house built in the 1880s that has since been declared a landmark and is home to a moose head shot by President Theodore Roosevelt – and those are just the highlights.

The Spaghetti Warehouse a Recipe for Change?

Its respect and preservation of the past is something that has clearly influenced the Spaghetti Warehouse’s business practices, noticeably in the treatment of its staff. Many of the servers have remarkably stayed on for many years, with one particular individuals credited with 25 years of dedicated service. While old warehouse conversions can’t be completely credited with the success of the Spaghetti Warehouse Inc., it certainly has been a major draw card for the company as a whole, and could even point to a wide-scale shift in the way that landmark buildings are managed and capitalised on.

Bella Gray is a design blogger who specialises in mezzanine floor structures and warehouse conversions. A lover of authenticity and architecture, Gray is the perfect go-to-girl for all your interior trends and tips.

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