Sunday, 29 May 2011

US Season 2 - J Willy's - CLOSED

Open or closed? CLOSED
Location: South Bend, IN

What Happened Next: The restaurant closed 4th February 2009. The note posted form the owner says that it closed due to food prices increasing and customers decreasing, they had the choice of cutting the quality or closing so decided to close.

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  1. I do not believe this place has closed due to food prices increasing, all others world restaurant have to pay more for foods, I think he had to work, really work, like all restaurants making good meals have to do, maybe too much for someone.
    Beside I read here J Wlly is trying to produce and sell on his own the J Willy’s Barbeque Sauce. I hope the day he will Chef Gordon Ramsay would make public his recipe.

  2. That Rick guy seemed really nice, and the linked interview makes him sound even more humble and sweet. Most chefs and owners flip Ramsay a lot of cr*p, but out of everybody I've seen so far in Seasons 1 and 2, Rick really deserved for this to work for him. I'm really sorry to hear that his place just couldn't be salvaged in the end. I hope wherever he ended up, that he's doing all right. He learned a lot of hard lessons from Ramsay but he seems to have captured those lessons very well, so a fresh start may be just what he needed. I really liked him and wish him and his wife all the best.

  3. It really has nothing to do with the food price hikes, the closure is really the timing, during the US Economic Turbulence. Food prices are on the rise globally, not just in America.

  4. I didn't think Rick and his wife were very sweet. They kept blaming the other owner and acting like victims. No personal responsibility or accountability. I felt bad for the other guy, how depressing to be trying so hard but your partners keep beating you down, not surprised they closed down but I hope that guy is doing okay.

  5. South Bend is having trouble, as is much of that area. I think they genuinely did try, but the economy got in the way.