WAXAHACHIE

Ryan's Hometown Buffet abruptly shuttered its Waxahachie doors this week. The tables, chairs, appliances and more from inside of the local buffet-style eatery are soon to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, announced a national auction company on Friday afternoon.

In a press release issued by Auction Nation, a national online auction company, on behalf of Buffets LLC, the Waxahachie Ryan's was closed "to accommodate the end of their lease." The release also noted the company "continues with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings by restructuring its debts and liabilities and strengthening its operations by continuing to close weaker restaurants."

The Waxahachie location was the second-to-last Ryan's remaining in Texas. The last one is in Conroe. Ryan's is a part of Buffets LLC which is comprised of Ryan's, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet, and Old Country Buffet.

According to the Auction Nation release, a few items from inside of the restaurant were taken to other locations. However, all of the remaining assets will be auctioned off in an online auction through the website www.AuctionNation.com with a preview available before the auction closes.

“Each store contains everything from kitchen equipment and small wares to furniture and decor,” stated Chris Rushford, auction manager. “To be able to bid on the entire Waxahachie, Texas Ryan's is an amazing opportunity for anyone in the restaurant business."

Ryan's was located at 1400 N Hwy 77 in Waxahachie. All bidding will take place on the AuctionNation.com website and is online through Thursday, Sept. 13 at noon. Registration is free, open to the public and only takes a few minutes.

There will also be a preview available between 9 a.m. - noon Thursday, Sept. 13.

For full details and a complete schedule of the Waxahachie Ryan's Liquidation Auction visit www.AuctionNation.com.

“It is sad to see this location close its doors since so many local patrons have been coming here for years,” stated Mats Myhre, a spokesperson for Auction Nation. “This is an amazing opportunity not only for people in the restaurant industry but for patrons and the general public alike to bid on and purchase the assets from Ryan's.”