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Dining News: RIP Guy Fieri's Johnny Garlic's in Arden

Johnny Garlic's, by Food Network star Guy Fieri, closed abruptly earlier this week, reports CBS 13's Nick Janes.

His Johnny Garlic’s co-workers also picking up their last checks seemed equally surprised. The Arden Way restaurant, one of several owner by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, suddenly shut down. The restaurant was rebranded from a Tex Wasabi’s in April of 2013...

Eventually, Bruce Marano, the chief operating officer at Johnny Garlic’s emerged, saying the location no longer fits in. With the lease expiring, the chain decided against renewing on the same week it opened a new location in Bakersfield.

“Our real estate site selection has evolved into big box, theaters, things of that nature. This lease coming to an end no longer fits the profile of what we’re looking for,” he said.

Read the entire story on CBS 13, or watch the video above.

The Roseville location of Johnny Garlic's remains open.

Count me among those who are surprised the place lasted this long. I've been to that location several times, both when it was Tex Wasabi and later as Johnny Garlic's. I found small crowds and food that aspired to compete with Applebee's or Carrows and not even Cheesecake Factory.

More News:

Johnny Garlic’s Latest Arden Area Restaurant To Close In Last Year In Sacramento - The closure of Guy Fieri’s Johnny Garlic’s on Arden Way is one of the latest in a series of restaurants shutting down in the Arden area. The Fresh Choice on Howe Avenue seems to have joined that list, with workers dismantling the inside of the restaurant. They said they didn’t think anything was lined up, and by no means is this the first. Chevy’s, TGI Fridays, and Thai Cottage are three more entries on that list of restaurants to close in the Arden area. Nick Janes on CBS 13.

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Former K Street home of Sacramento’s Pyramid Alehouse sold to investors - The former Pyramid Alehouse building, a key spot on the K Street corridor in downtown Sacramento, has been sold to an investor group. Sutter Capital Group, a Sacramento investor firm that has been buying historic properties in the downtown area, said Thursday it had purchased the property at 1029 K St. The seller, the California State Association of Counties, said the sale price was $4.4 million. The price included a small parking lot about a block away on I Street, said Jean Jordan, the association’s director of operations. Dale Kasler in the Sac Bee.

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Estelle's Patisserie plans another location - The owner of popular downtown Sacramento bakery Estelle's Patisserie has closed one of the stores she operates while anticipating the opening of a separate venture. Esther Son, who owns Estelle's Patisserie, said she didn't renew her lease for Esther's Cupcakes, the cupcake shop she operated at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Before coming to the Galleria, that store was located in the Arden-Arcade area. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

CREAM sets opening date for Elk Grove store - Ice cream sandwich shop CREAM will open its Elk Grove location Nov. 15, according to a post on the store's Facebook page. The store at 8469 Elk Grove Blvd. is the first of three new locations planned for Sacramento County. The Bay Area company has not released information about the other upcoming stores. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Popular music venue leaves K Street - According to the people who know the place best, Marilyn’s on K will be gutted and possibly turned into a posh new bar/lounge without a stage, effectively ending an era of live music. “Downtown is changing so quick,” said Boyer. “We were one of the few big live venues here along with Assembly, they’re closing too. There are all these cool places that are disappearing off the face of the earth, and I think it’s going to be tough for the bands, you know, I think that’s going to be the toughest thing.” Daniel Magalit in the Sac State Hornet.

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