Mill Street Bistro to become family-friendly tavern

Less than year after 'Kitchen Nightmares' featured Norwalk's fine dining restaurant, the owner is changing it to Maple City Tavern.
Aaron Krause
Dec 15, 2013

The Mill Street Bistro will change over from a “fine dining” style restaurant to a family-friendly tavern early next year, owner Joe Nagy said Friday night.

Nagy said the restaurant will not close but will make the transition to its near-future name “Maple City Tavern” between now and early January, featuring “good food and drink and great prices.”

“The Bistro had a great six-year run,” Nagy said. “We did very well for six years, but a restaurant has a life and life changes.”

Nagy said he was considering the transformation even before Chef Gordon Ramsay brought his reality television show “Kitchen Nightmares” to Mill Street Bistro to film a two-part episode that aired in March.

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Comments

shananaginz

Joe please just give up, I don't care if you are giving the food away for free!!! I still wouldn't step foot in any restaurant owned by your arrogant self. I bet none of the other local "hillbillys" will want to either. I give this one less than a year!

Fibber Mcgee

Agree, Joe just take your animals and go find an Ark....

Yanni

Norwalk is full of 'hillbillies', why get mad at the guy for telling the truth? Go belly up to a 3 dollar buffet, take the roly poly kids too.

Whopper2013

Agreed. It's funny that when he was trying to pass the place off as "fine dining", he didn't think the "locals" were sophisticated enough to appreciate the "quality" but now that he and his "fine dining" can't fill the place he thinks turning the place into a family restaurant will make people forget that he is a pompous jacka**....good luck with that.

Brownzville

...Wendy's will still be better.

Gizmo

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JessEE

Too little, too late. First impressions matter, Joe. Shouldn't have been so pompous.

doc5798a

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Ralph Wiggum

The place had a great six year run so you scrap it and try something else? Yeah, that makes sense. I think the ego is getting in the way of the truth once again.

Estrella Damm

Small man with a fake family friendly tavern. Self trained by European chefs. Wonder if they will have frozen fresh food. Still waiting for my elk quesadilla that ended up on the kitchen floor.

all fact or all...

Won't patronize the place. First we weren't educated enough to understand fine dinning, now he's lowering his standards to serving us $2.00 beers and burgers..Won't get my business.

joel882

So he is going to revert the place back into The Press Box but with a different name?

CAST THE FIRST STONE

You had the best free promotion any local eatery could get and after that you have to change the name so we dont remember who you are. Sell the place before you go broke.

gene44870

I watch the show and I have to say that after the end of the show Nagy did something he should not have done that Ramsy told him not to do , and thats go back to cooking .i would not all doubt that he put the quiet sign back up in the kiction as well..lol .I can not blame the girls that left Nagy decided to go back cooking , This was the last ditch effort to make a go of the place and like Chef Ramsy said , he had doubts as to how long they would stay open , But to be honest with all the readers , I am surprised he is still open

WASP71

From my understanding this place WILL NOT BE OWNED BY JOE NAGY! A gentleman by the name of Hans Hoffman is buying the place and taking it over. He is putting in his own people and own recipes, kitchen staff, etc. Joe Nagy will have nothing to do with the new place. Don't start spreading around that it's still going to be run buy dip**** Nagy. It's going to be completely different.

In my opinon

Ya I heard it was being bought by another guy and Hoffman was going to run it.. If any stories are true why wern't they mentioned in the article or in the pic instead of Nagy? Till it is in the paper that it changed hands no business from me.

J Cooper

The empty parking lot on most nights is symbolic of the success and talents of the present owner.

John3065

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WASP71

This comes from a VERY reliable source. It has been in the works for several months now and as far as I know since the last time I spoke to the person it must have finally went through. Unless Joe just snookered Mr. Hoffman and stole his idea or something, he was buying it, had a chef in mind and everything. If this is what Joe did, then I hope NO ONE even tries it.

Contango

Re: "Nagy said he was considering the transformation even before Chef Gordon Ramsay brought his reality television show 'Kitchen Nightmares' to Mill Street Bistro,"

Saw the above as an arrogant sociopathic statement. Why waste Mr. Ramsey's time?

Ate in MSB twice; the wait staff was great, the food was so-so but not worth the price.

bigmal1971

Good luck to Maple City Tavern, whoever owns it. I've been to Press Box and Friendly Corners in the past. I'd guess that, at that location, a tavern would do better than a bistro.

lifeisabitch

Maple City Tavern is all Joe Nagy, don't think I ever heard of a "Family Friendly Tavern" before. Mr Hoffman's idea is a completely different theme. Joe is using some of Hoffman's ideas. Joe told me he and Hoffman have talked quite a bit.

J Cooper

If it is new ownership they must get take care of the major problem, the previous owner.

chopperpilot

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somescrewyname

So from the comments I gather, it's not the food bad, good or otherwise. But it is the man who owns it that keeps people away ?
I just finished watching the show on line I had not seen it before. but I can say for myself, it was a news paper story awhile back that led me not to ever try the place, and that is when Mr. Nagy was suing the chief over a lost piece meat, that IMO was very petty. now that I have watch the show I understand why the pettiness.

doc5798a

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44846GWP

He had a great six year run? Sure. Go away Nagy. I still miss The Press Box, nice people and good food at a decent price!

Shambala22

I would expect more from this town - at least he's sticking it out even after all the bad press. I'm going to give it a try. Affordable is the key word here. Norwalk does need more places that are affordable to bring our families to where we can have a cocktail along with our meal and not spend 180 bucks. It's Christmas - let's practice kindness. Please. I'm so sick of all the negativity. The dude is doing what everyone wanted in the first place... sounds like he couldn't win either way... and I've never even been there.

WASP71

Really? How many chances should he get? 2? 10? 30? He has had many chances from these people. They have spent their hard earned money on him and his crappy food-most more than once-to give him another chance. I gave him 3 chances to get SOMETHING right. He didn't. Strike 3. I won't eat anywhere he is at. A fool and his money are soon parted. I was a fool #2 & #3. That's it. I'm done with him. He isn't any good at the restaurant business! If you are not good at it stop doing it! I'm not any good at carpentry, so guess what? I DON'T DO IT! He just needs to get through his head he s*cks at the food business. Jeesh..accept it and move on.

Shambala22

I think he should get "4" chances. lol

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