Friday, September 11, 2015

Justin Warner's Restaurant Do Or Dine Closes

Photo - Food Network
This week, Food Network Star winner Justin Warner's Brooklyn, NY restaurant Do or Dine abruptly closed.  The restaurant posted the following message on their website and social media accounts:
"Do or Dine will be closed for the foreseeable future. We are very sorry to disappoint those who were planning to dine."
When asked why they were closing on Facebook, the restaurant responded:
"Dreams > $. That's the long story short. Sorry again folks. We'll say more when we can. Right now it's just a bit tenuous. Thank you all for your patience and your love of what we do."

You may remember last year, Do or Dine was trying to raise $15,000 through Kickstarter for an outdoor enclosure for the restaurant.  They succeeded in raising the money, but if you look at the comments on their Kickstarter page, it appears that a lot of people never received things promised such as T-shirts. 

Justin hasn't commented on the reason for closing yet, but the "Dreams > $" quote seems like he could be trying to further his TV career.  He does have a cookbook coming out on October 13th, 2015, and we will have to see if he appears on the Food Network any more than he has.  He was just recently on Guy's Grocery Games where he won $16,000 for charity.  Perhaps he should have played for his restaurant's benefit.

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