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SLIDESHOW: Big turnout at John E's auction

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Plenty of people turned out on Tuesday as everything inside the recently-closed John E's Restaurant was being sold to the highest bidder.

Hundreds of items were available at the restaurant on the Buechel Bypass, including Derby memorabilia, glassware, pots, and all the kitchen utensils you can think of.  Some people were looking for items for their own restaurant or catering businesses.

"I came after wine glasses," said Margaret Fowler, a long-time customer.  "They haven't gotten to them yet.  But I did get the coat rack."  Later, she carried the coat rack out to her car. 

Some former employees were among those bidding for many of the items.  About 60 workers are now out of a job.  Frankie Peak, who had been an employee since 1983, said she hoped to see some friends and perhaps get a line on a new job. 

Some workers said they only received tips, but others said they are still waiting for a final paycheck.

The owners say the economy, tough competition, and ongoing maintenance issues were factors in the sudden February 1st closure.

"I hate to see it go," Fowler said.

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