Well, now you can. The 58-year-old Chinese restaurant, which closed its doors at 1700 Embarcadero Road in December to make way for an extended stay hotel and a newer, smaller Chinese restaurant, will be hosting a public auction this Tuesday, March 3, at 10 a.m.
There will be a "treasure trove of memorabilia, fixtures and restaurant equipment from the former 500-seat restaurant," a press release reads. "Collectors and shoppers can explore a display of Asian influenced furniture, seating and decor, restaurant fixtures, kitchen cooking equipment and more."
The release also teases a few big-ticket items:
- a "magnificent, grand" mirror with an intricately carved wooden frame originated from the Asian collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art
- limited collection of large blue and white soup bowls used to serve the traditional winter melon soup at special banquets;
- industrial size floor-standing 140-quart Hobart mixer
For an incredibly detailed catalog of all auction items, go to charynauctions.com (scroll down to "upcoming auctions" on the bottom right).
"We had the privilege of serving this wonderful community for many years" Ming's owner Vicky Ching stated in the release. "During our recent closing, friends and long time patrons expressed an interest to acquire a few treasures and memorabilia to preserve their memories from Ming's history."
Ming's at 1700 Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Ming's has served its famous Chinese chicken salad and much more from the 10,000-square-foot space on the corner on Embarcadero Road at East Bayshore Road, just east of U.S. Highway 101, since 1967 (though it originally opened at 4300 El Camino Real in Palo Alto in 1956).
A plan to demolish the massive restaurant and build a hotel have been in the works for years, with various false alarms about Ming's closure coming throughout 2014. The last day of business for Ming's as Palo Alto has known it for decades was Dec. 28, 2014.
Once the current building is leveled, construction on the four-story, 177-room hotel is estimated to take two years. A smaller Ming's ? one third the current size -- will reopen inside the hotel, though it will operate independently.
There will be an advance preview for the auction on Monday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 a.m. on the day of the auction. The auction is at Ming's, 1700 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.