The news thatSoul Daddy,
the winner ofAmerica's Next Great Restaurant
, had closed its last outpost -- despiteChipotle
's Steve Ells serving as one of the show's judges -- didn't surprise readers.
I watched the series finale, when they announced the winner I turned to my wife and said "DOA."
They screwed him over royally. They watered down his concept, then didn't support the restaurants at all. The outcome of this show left a real bad taste in my mouth, and made the judges -- not the contestants -- look bad.
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Finally, there's this from 5280man:
Shows you how much that douchebag team of fast-casual gurus know about what real people want. They denied one of the contestants because they just didn't think Americans were ready for fast casual Indian food. I googled 'Fast Casual Indian Food' and came up with no less than 10 operating restaurants.
That show was a joke. A guy hawking his "spicy balls" almost won...
Were you surprised that this fast-casual concept was a fast casualty? Or that the show itself looks like it was a ratings casualty?