Five rocky years since its arrival in tourist mecca Times Square, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar from television rock star Guy Fieri will shutter. December 31 is the last day for the ill-received, yet still wildly popular restaurant that served as a touchstone for Fieri fans, employees at the restaurant have confirmed to Eater NY.
Update: In a statement to Eater via a spokesperson, Fieri did not shed light on the reason for the closure, but noted he is “proud” of serving millions of people throughout the years and thanked his team.
There were both very high highs and very low lows for Guy’s throughout the years — most famously when Fieri took home the top prize at the 2013 Food & Wine festival burger bash and most infamously when Times critic Pete Wells positively skewered the restaurant in an unprecedently scathing zero-star review.
That review, with zingers such as, “How, for example, did Rhode Island's supremely unhealthy and awesomely good fried calamari — dressed with garlic butter and pickled hot peppers — end up in your restaurant as a plate of pale, unsalted squid rings next to a dish of sweet mayonnaise with a distant rumor of spice?” vaulted the restaurant to be a national topic of conversation. Fieri himself appeared on the Today show the next day to defend himself.
All that aside, the restaurant endured through Fieri fan and tourist visits, with a FieriCon bar crawl with thousands of attendees ending at the restaurant just as recently as last month. The large, three-floor space served an eclectic menu of dishes like the award-winning mac-and-cheese-topped burger, pretzel-crusted chicken tenders, and cajun chicken pasta alfredo.
Fieri still has plenty to keep him busy, with many other locations around the world, new television shows, and fires to fight.