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Mill Street Bistro sold

By SCOTT SEITZ • Jan 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM

The Mill Street Bistro and Bar has been sold.

The bistro gained international notoriety in 2013 after the restaurant appeared on the Chef Gordon Ramsay television show “Kitchen Nightmares.”

During those two episodes, Ramsay and bistro owner Joe Nagy verbally sparred about the restaurant’s practices, menu and vision.

In late 2013, Nagy changed the name of the bistro to Maple City Tavern, saying then it was time for a change and new focus. That focus included a more-relaxed atmosphere, along with local comedic and musical performers.

But, just this week, the paperwork was filed at the Huron County auditor’s office, completing the sale of property.

According to county records, the sale included 21 Mill St. and 29 Woodlawn Ave., which covered three total parcels.

The land was valued at $42,145, while the building $143,315, for a total market value of $185,460.

The final sale price was $140,000.

Nagy originally purchased the bistro on Dec. 26, 2007 for $145,000 from T & S Leto Enterprises.

The buyer was Humenik Properties, from Port Clinton, according to county records.

An attempt made to contact the new owner was unsuccessful, but a woman who answered the telephone stated the property would remain a restaurant.

More than one television critic has called the Mill Street Bistro episodes of “Kitchen Nightmares” the “finest in the history of reality television.”

Ramsay and Nagy not only battled at the restaurant, but also paid a visit to Nagy’s nearby farm which allegedly produced a portion of the food for the bistro.

Nagy could not be reached for comment.

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