After fewer than two full years in business, shouty chef Gordon Ramsay's Los Angeles restaurant The Fat Cow is calling it quits. Eater LA reports that the restaurant will shutter after service on March 27. An employee tells Eater LA that the closure is not due to lack of business: "another restaurant bearing the same name is threatening Gordo's place to change its name … or close." (There's no word on why a name change or some sort of agreement wouldn't do the trick.)
News of the impending closure is not entirely unexpected. The Fat Cow faced several challenges since it opened in 2012. Critic Besha Rodell called the restaurant a "low experience" and a "cynical exercise ... banking on celebrity." Aside from lackluster critical reception, the restaurant faced significant legal challenges. Last April, contractors sued claiming they were still owed $45,350.35 of a nearly $200,000 tab. A few months later, Fat Cow employees filed a class action lawsuit, claiming the restaurant failed to pay them minimum wage or overtime, made them skip meals, and more. As of right now, there is no mention of the closure on The Fat Cow's website, Facebook, or Twitter.
· Gordon Ramsay's The Fat Cow Serves its Last March 27 [Eater LA]
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