One last hurrah at the Old Spaghetti Factory

After 25 years in downtown Minneapolis, the Minnesota location for The Old Spaghetti Factory is closing on August 24th. 

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Etta Martin, 4, of Minneapolis, ate a heaping fork-full of spaghetti while dining with her little brother, Xavier, 2, and parents at The Old Spaghetti Factory. "We drive by all the time. She sees it and she wants to go," said Etta's mother, Rebecca, who drives her kids to day care in downtown Minneapolis.
From left, Hadessah Loven and her parents Lisa and Forrest Loven said a prayer before eating dinner. "We had to come for one last hurrah," said Lisa, who drove from St. Cloud for dinner. She says that in their prayer, they "were giving thanks for all the memories we had here. We really hope they reopen."
Patrons came and went from The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Minneapolis during its Tuesday night dinner hours.
Dozens of patrons, mostly families, waited for a table at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Plates of food were ready to be served up in the kitchen.
Patrons dined at The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Minneapolis.
Jean Paul Paquette, of Minneapolis, bussed tables during dinner hours Tuesday night at The Old Spaghetti Factory. "It sucks," said Paquette of the situation, who started working at the restaurant the day before its closure was announced. He says he's been dining and going on dates at The Old Spaghetti Factory for the past twenty five years.
Bella Marcum, 4, slurped up spaghetti while eating with her brother, mother and grandmother Tuesday night at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Patrons dined at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Jacksyn Zilka, 9, of Minnetrista, helped his 5-year old brother, Julian, operate the scale at The Old Spaghetti Factory after eating dinner with their family.
Dozens of patrons waited for a table at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Diane McLaughlin, left, of Burnsville, walked alongside her one-and-a-half year old grandson, Matthew, with his mother, Stephanie McLaughlin, of Shakopee, after eating dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. "I told them we should go to Honolulu and eat at the one there," said longtime customer Diane, who eats there every year for her birthday.