McLemore Auctions is a website that several of us restaurant newshounds surf for the latest closings news and the distribution of the detritus. It looks like Dooley's Donut Café in Murfreesboro is the latest victim of the down economy. However, if you want to purchase the makings of a turn-key doughnut joint, you can drop by the online auction and get a cheap head start.
According to McLemore: "The complete liquidation of equipment and furniture from the cafe will be carried out via this internet only auction. Nearly 60 lots of ovens, glazers, icers, mixers, display racks, coolers, tables & chairs and electronics will sell to the highest bidder."
The auction just started and runs until July 21, but who knows what kind of bargains you might find? As of the time of this writing (typing?) an espresso machine is going for a buck, and $22 would put you in the lead for a Dell Inspiron 530, Epson Stylus fax/printer and office supplies. There's even a Wii available with a bid of less than $50 on it, although I'm not sure what sort of virtual doughnut-making games come with it. Maybe the Simpsons have one ...
Don't even get me started on the myriad possible uses for an icing/filling injector, but I'm sure a less twisted mind than mine could harness its powers for good instead of evil. They are even (ironically) selling two neon-illuminated "OPEN" signs.
It's very sad to see any business give up the ghost, but at least auctions like these help either the owners or their creditors recover come of their investment capital. Auction sites offer the opportunity for home chefs to acquire the same tools that the professionals use and for restaurants to add or upgrade equipment in a cost-effective manner. If nothing else, it's fun to go browse. Plus, unlike a live auction, you don't have to worry about accidentally buying a Belshaw 724CG Gas Open Kettle Donut Fryer, a Belshaw Type B Cake Donut Depositor and an EZ24 Shortening Filtration System by absentmindedly scratching your nose at the wrong time.