The Rock Island eatery that was featured in a December episode of the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" series appears to have closed.
A handwritten sign taped to the front door of Goombazz Big City Eatzz, 2704 18th Ave., told customers, "Goombazz is closed Tuesday. Sorry & Thank you." The sign remained on the door for most of Wednesday, but late Wednesday afternoon, a new sign was taped to the door saying, "Goombazz Big City Eatzz is closed. Thank you for your support."
The doors were locked. Late Wednesday, owner Brenda Brewer could be seen inside speaking with a police officer, but she did not speak with a reporter outside the restaurant.
The restaurant had a minor issue in front of the city's liquor commission Tuesday, but it was nothing that would shut down the restaurant, Mayor Dennis Pauley said Wednesday. As mayor, Pauley serves as the city's liquor commissioner.
Looking through the front door earlier, it appeared the bar was being disassembled. Open liquor bottles could be seen in a box on the top of the bar. Menus and centerpieces remained on the tables, however.
After the Goombazz episode aired in December, Brewer said she was disappointed that it took so long, given that the TV show's crew spent several days at the restaurant in early October. She said she told the show's producers in July that she was losing $10,000 a month on the failing business.
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"It doesn't make sense to a struggling business owner, going from July to December," she said of the timing of the program, hosted by Chef Robert Irvine. "Six months for a struggling restaurant is too much. I'm now six months deeper in debt."
Goombazz opened in October 2012 after Brewer and business partner Sal Cracco renovated the former Godfather's Pizza.