Pieces of Watts Cookin' Up for Auction

Updated: 04/14/2014 10:43 PM
Created: 04/14/2014 5:36 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- On Monday morning, the kitchen and dining room of what was once a popular spot to eat in Austin held an awkward scene.

Everything was out of place. An auctioneer was chanting out, pots and pans were on the table, and residents were standing with their eyes on one item, instead of on a plate of food that's gobbled up while sitting down.

Austin's Watt's Cookin' closed over a month ago. It's time to decide what to do with all its items.

"Restaurants could try to garage sell it, tag it, price it, do the work, and spend days trying to sell it," said professional auctioneer Paul McCartan, a Stewartville native who travels nationwide.

Instead professional auctioneers were called to make sales in a matter of hours. They organized items into complimentary pieces.

"So, small ware like spoons, knives, they all go together, then we put all the stainless pans and cookware together," said McCartan.

They then worked their way through each room and tagged them in sequential order.

"Starting with lot one and then go up from there. We have over 500 lots that are selling today," said McCartan.

The sales are hitting the web, too. Each item was cataloged with a description and loaded to a computer system for internet buyers.

"We have approximately 111 people on site and 112 buyers online," said cashier Melissa Withem, who works directly with the hired auctioneers.

Austin's Watt's Cookin', was a once busy restaurant with hungry residents sitting down for a meal. Today, the building saw its last crowd.

"They're a wide variety of buyers from bar owners, to restaurant people, to local people that are from the area that want to buy some memorabilia from it," said McCartan.

The building may have held its last crowd, but some residents will have a piece of it for years to come.

This summer, the building will be demolished and replaced by the city's third Kwik Trip.