The Texas Tavern’s auction of several of its iconic restaurant signs raised $5,085 for suicide prevention.
The 90-year-old Church Avenue establishment sold three signs during an online auction to raise money for Tudor House, a new nonprofit started by the family of Louis Tudor, a well-known restaurateur and swim coach who died by suicide in July. Texas Tavern owners Matt and Molly Bullington, whose 1930 restaurant sits a block away from where Tudor operated Tudor’s Biscuit World until 2012, presented a check to the Tudor family and awarded the signs to the auction winners on Wednesday.
A menu sign that hung on the wall from 2012 until this year garnered a winning bid of $2,650 from Adrienne Bloss of Salem, who bought the sign as a gift for her husband, Andy Goldstein. Ann Clark paid $1,260 for a large exterior sign that was custom-framed by Black Dog Salvage. Mike Williams of Blacksburg won the “Chile You’ll Like It” sign with a $1,175 bid. Simply Framing by Kristi framed the other signs.
The Tudor family is renovating the former Tudor’s Biscuit World space into a location for Tudor House, which will provide suicide prevention resources and mental health education to the public. Donations to Tudor House can be made online at www.tudorhouse.net.