Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Chi-Chis auction: Pasadena, MD

From the awesome Adam in MD:

I found some pictures online of the Chi-chi's I used to work at an auction website (note that there are two pages):

Chi-Chi's Photos

The restaurant was bought fairly quickly after it closed, and was renovated into a Carraba's Italian Restaurant. Carraba's only occupies a section of the building though, with the unoccupied part I assume still in its original condition.

Feel free to post any of this on the blog.


Please note my hatred for Carraba's, but only because of their radio commercials. I've never actually eaten at a Carrabas. I'm a pathetic evil snob like that. Also, how did they renovate only part of the building? Is the other half still crumbling stucco? I can only hope.

I also just realized I have used the word "awesome" in every single post. I plan to continue to do so. Sorry, internet.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it me, or are a lot of old Chi-Chi's being turned into Carrabba's? I know the old Chi-Chi's in East Brunswick, NJ (near where I live) turned into a Carrabba's and a Bonefish Grill (even though there was talk a few years back of Bonefish going in a bit farther up the highway). The old Chi-Chi's in Iselin, NJ also has changed into a cheeseburger place and a Bonefish... wonder if thats all related?

Anonymous said...

I used to work at the Chi-Chi's on Central Ave. in Yonkers, NY. The place died a slow death and then sat abandoned for close to four months vacant. I believe we took most of the cool wall memorobilia and the rest was auctioned off.

Anonymous said...

Our old ChiChis was empty for years and finally a Cherry Blossom Japanese steakhouse went in last winter. Seems to be doing okay business.

lauren said...

oh, i was goign to talk about the east brunswick chichis/carrabas, but i see i've been beaten to the punch...

Anonymous said...

OSI Restaurant group purchased 85 chi chi locations when they filed bankrupcy after the ecoli in the chives disaster. OSI Restaurant group operates Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Cheeseburger In Paradise, Carabbas, Flemmings and Blue Coral Seafood Company. The CHi Chi restaurants are larger then any of these concepts can accomadate on their own. OSI sold some locations and paired other sister concepts with each other in these spaces. They renovate the whole building when they fill the spaces. That is all I know about this.

susan said...

I worked at the Chi Chi's in Canton, Ohio for some time. The building was sold quickly and is now a Cheeseburger in Paradise with the remainder of the parking lot a Chipolte's. The Chapel Hill, location, in Akron that I worked at in college was a Chinese Buffet for a period, but I think is now empty.

Tom said...

I ate at the Carrabba's this evening (in the old Pasadena Chi Chi's building), and asked the waitress there whether the Carabba's occupied the whole building. She said it did, except for a small area on the right side used for storage. Looked that way to me, too, but I didn't break out the yardstick...

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