We often hear about all the places featured on The Food Network’s various shows, especially Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
My family and I made sure to visit many of the restaurants Guy visited in our area.
We’ve been to the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, The Grilled Cheese and Crabcake Company in Somers Point, Bagel Street in Plainsboro, and even Piccini in Ocean City.
Ever wondered what happened to these restaurants after the cameras stopped rolling?
Many are still open, some are no longer open. Below is a complete list of closed New Jersey restaurants that have appeared on the network.
So let’s start with the obvious question. Why does it happen?
Is the curse of diners, drive-ins and dives (or Food Network) real?
A few calls appearing in one of these indicate a bit of a curse. After all, if many are closing…why?
First of all, it’s not hard to imagine a restaurant becoming popular as soon as it appears on national television. So Guy reminds restaurant owners to see an incredible increase in sales in a short period of time.
“It’s a big responsibility. One owner told me it changed his family’s financial profile,” Guy told Foodnetwork.com.
So if an owner (or business) is unprepared for an immediate (and insane) spike in business, rumors can spread that they are not up to par. And as we all know there are no second chances in that kind of business.
Now let’s dig deeper…
Restaurants featured on the New Jersey Food Network are now closed
After a little research, I found out that the restaurant I once “saw on TV” is no longer open.