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Nagy: Mill Street Bistro had a great run

By SCOTT SEITZ • Feb 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Former Mill Street Bistro owner Joe Nagy said it was time for a change.

Nagy, who had owned the restaurant since 2007, sold it this week to an outfit from Port Clinton.

In 2013, Nagy and the bistro earned international fame after appearing on two episodes of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares.”

“I’m still involved in other businesses that are food-related,” Nagy said. “It was just time. I never had a plan to retire from that particular restaurant. That was never my intention.”

Nagy plans to remain in the area.

“It had a great run,” he said about the bistro. “It’s a good restaurant and wonderful building. The guy who bought it will make it a very nice place as well.

”I think this is a great area and Norwalk is a nice town,“ Nagy said. ”The restaurant is in a good location. I just want to see the people support Norwalk and I think, for the most part, they do.“

Nagy said the more quality restaurants that locate in Norwalk, the better.

”Norwalk has great potential,“ he said. ”Norwalk has a great opportunity to be just like an Amherst or Rocky River or many of the Cleveland suburbs or neighborhoods. Those cities have many great places to eat. More is better.“

By adding to the number of overall dining choices, Norwalk can become more of a destination point.

”Hopefully, Norwalk can evolve to that,“ Nagy said.

Nagy said he’s fine with all the choices he has made, including the appearance on ”Kitchen Nightmares.“

”That show was reality television,“ he said. ”It was not a culinary show, but I don’t regret doing it.“

Nagy said he wished he and the staff could have taken away more practical restaurant applications from the show — things and ideas they could have used.

”It was really more about personalities and drama,“ he said.

”But, I have no regrets,“ Nagy said. ”Life is great. I have a wonderful family and everything turned out fine.“

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