TV Chef Update: Mesa Grill Closing and More

By Kelly Dobkin  |  August 20, 2013

Some big and tragic news on the TV chef front this morning in two cities. First up, Bobby Flay's 22-year-old Mesa Grill, a major tourist draw in NYC, will close at the end of the month. The space had been on the market for awhile as we pointed out back in May of 2012, but message boards revealed last night that staff was informed that the restaurant would close at month's end due to a lease/landlord issue. [via FNGUpdate from Flay's camp: Bobby tells Zagat, "We are aggressively looking for a space in NY to relaunch the next version of Mesa grill as we have with Bolo/GATO."  

Down in Fort Worth, celebrity chef Tim Love's flagship eatery Lonesome Dove suffered a major fire early this morning that destroyed the kitchen and extensively damaged the dining room. Love has been on local news in Fort Worth, obviously distraught but thankful for the outpouring of support from fans and neighbors. [via Eater]

He tweeted: "Thanks for the outpouring of support. @lonesomedovefw caught fire early this morning. Everyone is safe. We will reopen stronger!" Update: Love has said in a statement, "I am very grateful that no one from Love Style Inc. or the first responders suffered any injuries. Our hearts go out to the emergency services and our neighbors for their professionalism, spirit and support. This is the first restaurant my wife Emilie and I ever opened, and we are devastated that it has been damaged. The Stockyards is our home and we look forward to rebuilding the Lonesome Dove and serving our family of customers."