After receiving an overwhelming response from customers in the Tampa Bay area, the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant in Ybor City will remain open.
Officials with BLD Brands, the parent company of Spaghetti Warehouse, made a "last-minute decision" to keep the restaurant open after receiving hundreds of emails from customers, according to a press release Wednesday. The restaurant announced last week it would close Wednesday after operating in Ybor City for 25 years.
The owners are looking to relocate the restaurant.
"Our guests gave us a renewed reason why we should exist and there is a meaning and purpose in what we are doing," Doug Pak, president and CEO of BLD Brands, said in a statement.
Spaghetti Warehouse will stay open for at least another year in Ybor City until it can relocate to a new space, a press release said.
"We're genuinely excited about the future and our commitment to relocating, and you can be sure that we're coming back with a fresh, new look and feel and menu in 2017," Pak said.
Customers are encouraged to suggest new neighborhoods in Tampa Bay where Spaghetti Warehouse should relocate. A polling website will be set up soon.
The restaurant at 1911 13th St. in Ybor City opened in 1991 in a building that once housed a cigar factory.
Spaghetti Warehouse is part of a chain that has 15 restaurants in seven states. The chain began in Dallas in 1972 and is known for its family atmosphere and Italian dishes. For some time, the Tampa restaurant hosted murder mystery dinner shows.