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.
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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.
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