Iconic Flagstaff Restaurant Set to Auction Off Memorabilia, Memories

Iconic Flagstaff Restaurant Set to Auction Off Memorabilia, Memories

For forty years, Granny’s Closet served as more than just a restaurant- it was an old Route 66 landmark and a treasured local Flagstaff business.

Now, residents will get the chance to take home some of the memories. The Zanzucchi family is auctioning off everything left in the building, including memorabilia, mementos, pots and pans and much more.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 28. While it has not been revealed what the family plans to do with the more than 40-year-old building, they are giving the public the chance to take home a piece of Flagstaff’s history. The recognizable Lumberjack statue and the tractor from the old Flagstaff Dairy are off limits, but nearly everything else is up for grabs.

The Zanzucchi family bought the restaurant in 1974 and changed the name from “Lumberjack Cafe” to “Granny’s Closet” in honor of their grandmother Ermalinda, who moved to Flagstaff with her husband Ferdinando in 1929 and owned the Flagstaff Dairy. The interior of the restaurant was decorated with family mementos and local sports jerseys. These will be auctioned off, along with bricks off the walls and the air conditioning units on the roof. While the restaurant closed it’s doors last November, there is still some unspoiled, safe-to-eat food and alcohol left in the pantry. The neon signs will also go to auction. Much of the restaurant quality equipment, including pots and pans, ovens, vents, tables and chairs are sturdy and will last for years, so those will be hot items as well.

For those wanting to attend the auction and let Granny’s Cafe live on in their own Flagstaff home, the auction will kick off at 10 a.m. on April 28 and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Granny’s is located at 218 S. Milton Road in Flagstaff.

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