We often hear about all the places featured on The Food Network’s various shows, especially Diners, drive-ins and dives by Guy Fieri.
My family and I made it a point to visit as many restaurants as Guy visited in our area.
We’ve been to the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, The Grilled Cheese and Crabcake Company in Somers Point, Bagel Street in Plainsboro, and even Piccini in Ocean City to name a few.
Have you ever wondered what happened to those restaurants after the cameras stopped rolling?
Many are still open, but some are no longer. So I have a full list of closed New Jersey restaurants that have appeared on the network posted below.
So let’s start with the obvious question: why is this happening?
Is the curse of diners, drive-ins and dives (or the food network) a reality?
Some call appearing on one of these shows a bit of a curse. After all, if many are closing…why?
Well, for starters, as you can imagine, appearing on national television makes your restaurant instantly popular. So that’s probably why Guy is reminding restaurateurs that they’re about to see an INSANE boost in sales in a short period of time.
“It’s a huge responsibility. One owner told me it changed his family’s economic profile,” Guy told Foodnetwork.com
So if an owner (or business) isn’t ready for the immediate (and insane) spike in business, word will likely spread that they’re not up to it. And you don’t get a second chance in this type of business, as we all know.
Now, let’s dig deeper…
NJ restaurants featured on the Food Network that are now CLOSED
I did a little research and found that these once “seen on TV” restaurants are no longer open.