The NYC branch of Flavortown is saying goodbye, cruel world. Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square will serve its last squirt of Donkey Sauce on December 31, Eater NY reports.
News of the closure comes as a surprise: Though the restaurant, which opened in 2012, was thoroughly skewered by New York Times critic Pete Wells in a now-legendary restaurant review, it was also one of the nation’s highest-grossing independent restaurants, racking up $17 million in sales in 2016.
Despite serving some objectively terrible food at his restaurants, the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host has morphed into somewhat of a folk hero in recent years — and as such, Twitter users have gathered to mourn the loss of what may be the most Times Square-iest of all the Times Square tourist trap dining destinations.
Kicking things off is Wells himself, who laments the fact that the many questions he posed to Fieri in his 2012 takedown (such as, “Were you struck by how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are?”) will likely never be answered:
I guess it’s time to give up on getting those questions answered. https://t.co/ak7ThC3Y0h— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) December 28, 2017
I’ll swear on anything that I really liked this restaurant. Went as a joke, came out covered in ribs and nacho hybrids https://t.co/7j1nKdc3Rq— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 28, 2017
Dont fry because its over,, smile because it gratined https://t.co/IQfny5gIWs— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) December 28, 2017
Well damn if you can’t go to flavortown where the hell can you go? https://t.co/jkpmk3a7ft— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 28, 2017
Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments https://t.co/c7Qpmlk2cN— Cooper Fleishman (@_Cooper) December 28, 2017
the rent in flavortown is too damn high. https://t.co/ztL1yeWto0— Andrew Nusca (@editorialiste) December 28, 2017
good night you princes of grilling, you kings of flavortown.https://t.co/ztZE9Ybyoi— james mckenna (@chillhartman) December 28, 2017
Millennials killed Guy Fieri smh— College Grad Joe (@BigDaddy_JBans) December 28, 2017
some things are too pure for this world— Zach Stava (@stavathehut) December 28, 2017
Of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter without at least one conspiracy theory: Could Kardashian-adjacent Instagram star Jonathan “Foodgod” Cheban responsible for killing Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar? He did, after all, eat there just days ago, as Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulos points out:
It’s happening.... Jonathan Cheban is at Guy Fieri’s Times Sq restaurant. The stars are all aligning... what does it mean pic.twitter.com/wDaamOmBh8— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) December 24, 2017