“Restaurant Closing – Equipment Open House” the Craigslist ad read. Below ran a list of items for sale including a pizza oven for $3,300, a Bose sound system for $3,500 and “other misc items.” Thursday morning, 12th and Pine’s Varro sold off what equipment it could.
“All items must be taken at time of sale, Cash and Carry. Thanks!”
Thus appears to end the final chapter of the Italian-styled lounge’s short time as a player in the burgeoning Capitol Hill food and drink scene. In July, CHS reported that the owners of the months-old Varro owed thousands in unpaid rent. After a brief closure for some “changes in the kitchen,” Varro briefly re-opened and posted a sign inside the lounge announcing that the rent had been paid. Soon after, Varro stopped opening and has been closed since.
In July, partner Glenn Walker told CHS that “Varro’s owners intend and certainly have the means to keep the business operating until we sell or re-concept.”
Thursday afternoon, many items had been cleaned out and the bar was mostly empty. Meanwhile, on Facebook, one local restaurant announced it had acquired new seating. The accompanying picture showed some familiar looking bar stools.