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J Willy's Restaurant closes doors


The South Bend restaurant featured on the Fox show, "Kitchen Nightmares", has closed its doors.

The owner, John Ittenbach, says the restaurant closed Friday due to a deep decline in business and the ongoing recession.

The restaurant opened in the fall of 2007 in the former Damon's building, and Gordon Ramsay visited the following spring to revamp the menu. The segment aired on the Fox reality show in October, but business did not pick up as the owners hoped it would with the economy.

To read Ittenbach's letter from his restaurant website, click here. (pdf file)

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