Auction at Turk’s Inn

2014
11.11

Does anyone remember Turk’s Inn, the lavishly outdated (but fun) Turkish restaurant on Hwy 63 in Hayward?

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Built by the George Gogian family 1937, the restaurant featured lamb dishes, shish kebobs, stuff grape leaves, rice pilaf dishes, baklava and more. The bar was a living tribute to any liquor ever created. Because of my family’s middle eastern background, we ate at Turk’s on various occasions, and always enjoyed the trip. In 1966, I worked in the kitchen at Ross’s Teal Lake Lodge in Hayward, and on some weekends I would join the staff on a trip to Turk’s for dinner. The Gogians have died off, and the restaurant is now closed. (I heard it was bought by a new owner, and I’m hoping they’ll revive the Turk’s menu)

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The Gogian home, next to the restaurant:

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A blurry old photo of the Gogian family:

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On July 26th, my sister Kim and I went to an auction of some of the Turk’s belongings. Because they had traveled the world and collected so many things, and kept everything they owned, this was part of a series of Turk’s auctions. The daughter, Marge, had once been a model in New York, and dozens of her gowns and shoes and coats had been sold earlier. Lots of liquor and clothing and restaurant equipment had been sold already, but the rest of the estate is still on the block.

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Oh, fooey.

I started writing that story in July, and it has been sitting on my desktop all this time because I couldn’t do justice to the family OR the auction. But today (four months later, and snowy) I feel forced to just post some pictures of this wonderful day. It was July. It was hot. There was so much stuff to look at that it was almost overwhelming.

I wanted this peacock. I was trying to figure out if it would fit in my car when it was suddenly sold for $15 to a lady from Colorado. I hope she’s enjoying it. I hope she had to buy a special ticket for it on the plane, too:

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Since there was no Gogian family left, they had asked that proceeds from their estate go be donated to Hayward High School. A bunch of Hayward students worked at the auction, carrying items around to show the buyers. Some of the items were nude paintings, which made the boys blush. It was just like 1954! Here’s a nice kid carrying around MY peacock, who now lives in Colorado. (The bird, not the boy.)

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Here’s Cowboy Dave, a favorite of Wisconsin auction-goers. At least he’s one of mine.
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Here’s a bunch of butts. It was a hot day. I’ve never taken a photography class. (Shocking, I know.)
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The  Queen of “Make Your Own Parking Space” strikes again!
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And just to wrap this up, so I can get all these photos off my desktop, here are some of the many things for sale.
Just so ya know.
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Chairs from the dining room were being sold for $1 each. I bought the one I was sitting on. I carried it all over the auction that day. It was my favorite purchase. Possibly my only one, since memory now fails me.
This very last photo refuses to download. (Upload?) Picture, if you will, a black and red restaurant chair.
Thank you. Thank you very much.

4 Responses to “Auction at Turk’s Inn”

  1. Rick says:

    That peacock would have been a GREAT mascot for the LFL! And – that may be the first creche set that I’ve seen that includes Santa!

  2. Cathy says:

    Wow, I love the photos of the inside of that restaurant! More garish than our favorite Marilyn Monroe steakhouse.

  3. Patt says:

    It really was a mish-mash of stuff they’d collected all over the world. Always something fun to look at, but I don’t think they had the upside-down Christmas tree!

  4. Patt says:

    Well, I figured five minutes with Mittens would put an end to the peacock, but he sure was a beauty. And only $15. Geez. I think Santa should be in the creche. After all, he’s what it’s all about! (Oh, wait a minute…)

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