It's official: Guy Fieri is OUT at Johnny Garlic's. The flame shirt-wearing Donkey Sauce inventor has sold all of his stock in the California restaurant chain to his former business partner, according to the SF Gate.
Late last year Fieri attempted to shut down Johnny Garlic's, which was his very first restaurant venture; Gruber, who co-founded it with Fieri back in 1996, filed suit against the Food Network star to stop the chain of eight restaurants from shuttering. Per the SF Gate, "Gruber will now also be at the helm of the company’s sole remaining outpost of sushi/BBQ mashup, Tex Wasabi’s in Santa Rosa," which serves menu items like "Eddie's Mommy Edamame" and "Crouching Chicken Hidden Salad."
According to a press release, "The company is preparing for growth, evolving as a craft bar and scratch kitchen with small plates, handcrafted cocktails and craft drafts." Johnny Garlic's will launch a new menu this summer; presumably, Fieri's eponymous "Guy-Talian Spicy Sausage & Penne" will get the axe.
A Sacramento location of Johnny Garlic's shuttered without notice last November, leaving dozens of employees out of work. Fieri clearly wants to focus on his newer crop of restaurants, which include New York Times critic Pete Wells' Times Square favorite Guy's American Kitchen and Bar and the new El Burro Borracho in Las Vegas, as well as multiple eateries aboard Carnival cruise ships.
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