Found restaurant to auction storefront items last month before closing


Amy Morton, owner and founder of Found Kitchen at 1631 Chicago Ave., knows it will be hard to say goodbye when her restaurant closes next month. So to make things a little easier, she’s going to let customers keep a piece of her story.

“We’re going to auction all of the content on Found,” Morton said. “We’re kind of looking at bringing a little piece of Found home to you.”

Kitchen found in June 2022. Credit: Kitchen found

Starting Tuesday, September 6, items from across the restaurant’s facade — including glassware and tableware, chairs and tables, trinkets, sofas and even light fixtures — will be listed on sign sheets. silent auctions with a start and end auction.

Customers can place competing bids that increase from the starting bid, or they can jump straight to the final bid to buy it immediately.

After the restaurant’s last day on Saturday, October 1, winners will be allowed to pick up their items over the next week. (There may be a possible “little surcharge for electrical (appliances) that stick out of the wall,” she said.)

Although the auction will last all month, Morton advised interested buyers not to wait long. “I suspect things are going to be bought pretty instantly,” Morton said.

Morton announced the closure of Found via Facebook on August 9, nearly 10 years after it opened in November 2012. Landlord Horizon Realty Group has refused to extend Found’s lease and is submitting a proposal to the city to demolish the existing building and develop a new skyscraper in its place.

Although she’s closing Found, Morton won’t leave the Evanston culinary scene: She’s also the owner and founder of The Barn Steakhouse at 1016 Church St.

She is also listed as a 40% owner of La Rotunde Investment LLC, which is based at The Barn’s address and is seeking a liquor license, according to the city, to open a ‘full-service sit-down restaurant’ at the site. from the former The Next of Kin restaurant.

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