Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant to close on December 31

Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant to close on December 31”

Spiky-haired restaurateur and television personality Guy Fieri became a pop culture staple over the past decade.

Grubstreet reported that the restaurant had remained very popular among Times Square tourists and even celebrities (supermodel Chrissy Teigen and reality star Jonathan Cheban count themselves among its fans) even despite a scathing New York Times review in which the restaurant was infamously awarded 0 stars.

We visited when it opened in 2012 - here's what it was like.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is closing his Times Square restaurant Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, with the establishment serving its last meal on New Year's Eve. In the review, Wells lambasted almost every item he tried - including Fieri's ubiquitous donkey sauce - at the then recently-opened restaurant and mocked the "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" host's catchphrase.

Despite serving some objectively bad food at his restaurants, the Diners, Drive-Ins and Diveshost 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.

As Fieri's first and only restaurant in NY, the place is totally decked out in everything Guy - everything on the menu is Guy-branded, the decor represents everything that Guy likes, and there's a gift shop with Guy merchandise.

Guy's American Kitchen and Bar gained notoriety in 2012 after a blisteringly negative and now-famous zero-star review by Pete Wells, a food critic for The New York Times. It's located in what was once The New York Times Building, where the newspaper was headquartered for almost a century.

Kim Bhasin contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.

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