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Guy Fieri's Times Square Restaurant Closing After New Year's Eve

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Guy Fieri holds hamburgers in the kitchen during a welcome event for Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Quad Resort & Casino on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His Times Square restaurant in New York City is closing. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 02:48 PM

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is closing his Times Square restaurant Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, with the establishment serving its last meal on New Year’s Eve.

In a statement to Eater New York, a spokesperson for the restaurateur said Fieri did not give a reason for closing the establishment but he was “proud” to have served millions of people.

The 5-year-old restaurant, with some 16,000 square feet and 500 seats, has been located in the same building that was headquarters for the New York Times for nearly a century.

Some of the dishes that drew patrons to the eatery included pretzel-crusted chicken tenders, Cajun chicken pasta alfredo, and the mac-and-cheese topped burger, which took top prize at the New York Wine and Food Festival’s annual Burger Bash in 2013.

The restaurant initially got off to a rocky start with a scathing review by critic Pete Wells in The New York Times. Wells described the fried calamari as “pale, unsalted squid rings” and the slow-roasted pork shank as being combined “with the deadened, overcooked taste of school cafeteria vegetables.”

Then there was the watermelon margarita, which tasted like “some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde,” he wrote.

But customers apparently didn’t buy the negative assessment and instead continued to pour into the three-floor complex, partly due to the atmosphere Fieri provided from the screen near the entrance that promoted his Food Network show to the stock of unique liquor blends and beers on display.

Memorabilia lined the walls around three bars, based on the things Fieri likes, such as clothing items, American flags, a large portrait of his tattoo in memory of his sister, guitars, shots of his 1968 red Camaro SS, and other artifacts.

Fieri still has a number of other restaurants in the U.S. and globally.

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