by Sarah Fenske
In south St. Louis, lots of people knew to say "Olive this bar!" when talking about Bruno's American Grill -- a low-key neighborhood joint near Clifton Heights with solid pub food, a large whiskey selection and Yahtzee games on the tables.
But apparently it wasn't enough to keep the place open -- Bruno's has closed its doors, and a financial consulting company that handles asset recovery for creditors has commenced an online auction of its contents.
Bruno's announced the closure on its Facebook page last month, blaming "bad circumstances":
Due to bad circumstances bruno's is officially closed. Thank you to all who came and supported us and to all the great times. The bar is closed but the party will always go on. Thank you to all of you for the great time and even sometimes the bad. So many memories. Please keep in touch. Don't let the bruno's family die. We will find a way to be back.
A representative of ATEC, which is handling the auction, says the company was brought in last month. Typically, ATEC handles machinery and equipment appraisals for asset-based lenders. In this case, Bruno's was already well past the point of appraisal, so the assets had to be put up for sale instead.
The online auction -- which includes the neon signs from the bar's interior, tables, chairs and a ton of kitchen equipment -- is set to conclude on June 23.
For more information about the sale, check out the auction website here. There's a lot of equipment which would be of interest only to serious chefs looking to stock a commercial kitchen -- but then there are those neon signs, too. Boulevard, Michelob Ultra and Kraftig all make an appearance.
No word yet on what might be headed to the space at 2652 South Hampton Avenue once everything is cleared out. We'll update this post if we hear more.
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