Just because someone owns a restaurant at a place where there are 1000's of visitors twice a week during the winter months doesn't mean they know what they are doing.
The service and food at Marshy's was so poor for so long, that at some point I can see it impacting the rest of the building. Funny how everyone is saying that Gene kicked him out on his Donkey, but I ask you if he had a legally binding contract that prevented Melnyk from kick booting him, then why wasn't legal action taken?
Either A) there wasn't such a contract, or that contract had expired or had a clause allowing Marshy to be removed.
Or B) Marshy decided to take a big payout and take his business skills elsewhere.
Tell me what the real story is and I'll give you my opinion, but based on the food and service that hole provided for the last 3 years it was there, I'm surprised it lasted that long. It only succeeded because SBP is basically in the middle of no where with little nothing in terms of restaurants within walking distance, and other options are A) an all you can eat buffet that would cost you 50.00 with 1 beer B) A "high end" restaurant that requires a 100 level ticket and a reservation, and B) another pub style restaurant with very limited seating.
The only thing that kept him in business as long as he was, is the fact that he had a guarantee of a couple thousand customers twice a week for 6 months. I doubt there is a single person here who visited the restaurant on non game days, even back when it was open on non game days.
Lastly, as far as I remember Melnyk bought both the team and building and as long as legally he had the right to remove a tennant, then it's within his business right and sense to do so if it can make him more money. That location is a gold mine if run properly and the fact that Marsh failed miserably at his new location reaffirms my view that the service and food was junk.
I feel bad for Brad, I played hockey with him during a couple of charity events, and he's a great guy. Salt of the earth, but that doesn't mean he should have been in the business he was in.