The restaurant may be gone, but there’s still time to own a piece of the Clyde’s Tysons Corner experience.
Clyde’s Restaurant Group is auctioning off assorted items from the historic property (it debuted in 1980) via estate sale marketplace Everything But The House. The inventory includes a variety of art deco paintings, posters and figurines, as well as everyday restaurant items (plates, linens, chairs).
The most sought after items appear to be a bronze sculpture by Pierre Le Faguays (current bid: $10,000) and a lithograph by Alphonse Mucha ($8,700).
Some commercial kitchen equipment — including a Vulcan range and oven, and a free standing deep fryer — hasn’t drawn a single bid.
Tom Meyer, president of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, said the owners did hold onto pieces of stained glass as well as iron work contributed by renowned sculptor Albert Paley for use in future restaurant projects.
“A lot of this stuff was commissioned for the place,” he said of the custom touches incorporated into every location.
Meyer said Clyde’s co-owners Sally Davidson and John Laytham purchased the watercolors of birds done by Robin Hill to add to their private collections. And local artist William Woodward reclaimed the mural that occupied one of the dining rooms.
“He heard we were shuttering the restaurant and he called us,” Meyer said, noting that Woodward bought back the nymph- and satyr-laden scene.
Meyer, too, scooped up a sentimental favorite.
“I grabbed a wine bucket,” he shared. Mayer explained that when he first joined the company, he traveled to France to have silver specifically designed for Tysons. The wine bucket was part of that order.
Meanwhile, Meyer left the door open to again doing business in Tysons somewhere down the road.
“There is a possibility we could put another restaurant in the ground floor of one of those new developments,” he said.
The EBTH auction ends tonight.