Auction is set for Watch City Brewing

A Wednesday auction has been scheduled for the equipment of Watch City Brewing Co., even as the owner of the Waltham brew pub held out slim hopes of a last-minute reprieve.

The pub is “on life support,” owner Jocelyn Hughes said Monday.

E.F. Smith & Son Restaurant Equipment, a Quincy company that specializes in selling new and used restaurant equipment, is preparing for an auction at Watch City’s Waltham location. The auction will be “for everything in the building,” said the firm’s owner, Edward F. Smith.


News of the impending closure was first reported by the Waltham News Tribune.

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According to Hughes, several factors converged to hurt her 20-year-old business, including the breakdown of its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Watch City has 35 employees.


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