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Mamma Pigs Closed?

Windsor 'que embroiled in drama calls it quits

Barbecue at Mamma Pig in Windsor

Barbecue at Mamma Pig in WindsorBarbecue spot Mamma Pig’s has shuttered, at least temporarily. According to owner Gary Finnan: ” We have closed to restructure, reposition, what ever needs to be done.”

It’s not a huge surprise after the ongoing challenges the restaurant faced after opening. Culinary partners Matthew and Bryan Bousquet (formerly of Mirepoix and Bistro M) departed just days after opening, then closed their other Windsor restaurant Bistro M without warning. The couple did not return phone calls, but have said in public statements that the bad economy and several personal challenges contributed to their decision to leave the Windsor restaurant scene.

Since August, Finnan has struggled to keep the restaurant afloat, but the final blow came last week when, according to Finnan, Mamma Pig’s lost their barbecue and pastry chef, James Richmond. “He was the guy behind the food,” according to Finnan. “Without him we couldn’t move forward,” he added.  Richmond reportedly will join Matthew Bousquet at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville.

“Until we can get back on an even keel, we will be closed until we can put the right kind of quality back in there,” Finnan added. “We came out of the gate fast but the going was heavy underfoot and out handicap excessive, so the race was lost,” Finnan said in an email to BiteClub. “We appreciate the support and hope to rise anew,” he said.

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73 thoughts on “Mamma Pigs Closed?

  1. Wife and I drove by M. Pig’s Friday night and noticed it was closed. We weren’t surprised. We ate there once (like many). We were generally unimpressed and flatly disappointed. Disorganized, way over priced, really bad BBQ. Not a good combination for success. Too bad — from the outside it had the looks of a winner.

  2. Wife and I drove by M. Pig’s Friday night and noticed it was closed. We weren’t surprised. We ate there once (like many). We were generally unimpressed and flatly disappointed. Disorganized, way over priced, really bad BBQ. Not a good combination for success. Too bad — from the outside it had the looks of a winner.

  3. I thought the concept of Mamma Pigs was great and they had balls to close a Michelin rated restaurant to do BBQ. I felt like the FOH staff needed some real training and guidance. There was a lot of inconsistency in terms of customer service. They were nice always, just not really “on it” all the time.

    The BBQ was good but not everything on the menu was good. I think with some consistency and some menu altering it could be great.

  4. I thought the concept of Mamma Pigs was great and they had balls to close a Michelin rated restaurant to do BBQ. I felt like the FOH staff needed some real training and guidance. There was a lot of inconsistency in terms of customer service. They were nice always, just not really “on it” all the time.

    The BBQ was good but not everything on the menu was good. I think with some consistency and some menu altering it could be great.

  5. Loved Mirepoix and stunned when they went to BBQ. Sorry they’ve had all these troubles and hope they can revive some of the Mirepoix magic.

  6. Loved Mirepoix and stunned when they went to BBQ. Sorry they’ve had all these troubles and hope they can revive some of the Mirepoix magic.

  7. …but, enough Bousquet bashing, and more to the point of the article:

    Mr Finnan is a gifted architect. I’ve seen his work – the guy’s an artist. I don’t doubt he’s an accomplished entrepeneur, too. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe he’s a restauranteur, and pretending to be one does harm to the people who depend on him; his patrons and his employees. An expeirenced person at the helm could right this ship,

    1. I think that was sort of the point of closing. Finnan has said he is not a restaurateur and counted on the Bousquets to help him with that area. He told me that he tried to hold it together for a few months, but realized that the experience wasn’t what it should be. I give him credit for knowing when to throw in the towel and regroup.

  8. …but, enough Bousquet bashing, and more to the point of the article:

    Mr Finnan is a gifted architect. I’ve seen his work – the guy’s an artist. I don’t doubt he’s an accomplished entrepeneur, too. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe he’s a restauranteur, and pretending to be one does harm to the people who depend on him; his patrons and his employees. An expeirenced person at the helm could right this ship,

    1. I think that was sort of the point of closing. Finnan has said he is not a restaurateur and counted on the Bousquets to help him with that area. He told me that he tried to hold it together for a few months, but realized that the experience wasn’t what it should be. I give him credit for knowing when to throw in the towel and regroup.

  9. Sorry to hear this. I went once and enjoyed the meal completely. Hopefully they open up soon and address the issues others have mentioned. Back to my Little Chief now…

  10. Sounds like a good concept that needed a more focused attempt. I would love to consult with these people and get them back on track. Good BBQ in Sonoma county has YET to arrive.

    Good Y’all

  11. Sorry to hear this. I went once and enjoyed the meal completely. Hopefully they open up soon and address the issues others have mentioned. Back to my Little Chief now…

  12. Sounds like a good concept that needed a more focused attempt. I would love to consult with these people and get them back on track. Good BBQ in Sonoma county has YET to arrive.

    Good Y’all

  13. I went there once myself (like so many others, odd?) the bacon cheese burger was pretty good, but became a bit to handle after the bun turned into a slight soggy mess. Most of the fries in the basket were OK, sauces alright nothing to write home about. So for a burger and fries it was nearly 18 dollars. Pricing yourself out of the market right there. If I had gotten a beer it would’ve been well over 20 some odd dollars, not going to float in this economy. I see they tried some happy hour special deals. Sounds like the place was just very hit and miss on many fronts. Good luck in resurrecting what could be a really good place.

    Don’t know about the behind the scenes stuff, but personally I think most consumers just want good consistent food and drink at a fair price. I know Windsor is close to Healdsburg but c’mon now.

  14. I grew up in the South with great barbeque. This place was a huge disappointment. Would not have gone back if they stayed open.
    too bad.

  15. I went there once myself (like so many others, odd?) the bacon cheese burger was pretty good, but became a bit to handle after the bun turned into a slight soggy mess. Most of the fries in the basket were OK, sauces alright nothing to write home about. So for a burger and fries it was nearly 18 dollars. Pricing yourself out of the market right there. If I had gotten a beer it would’ve been well over 20 some odd dollars, not going to float in this economy. I see they tried some happy hour special deals. Sounds like the place was just very hit and miss on many fronts. Good luck in resurrecting what could be a really good place.

    Don’t know about the behind the scenes stuff, but personally I think most consumers just want good consistent food and drink at a fair price. I know Windsor is close to Healdsburg but c’mon now.

  16. The absolute worse side dishes for the money I’ve had the misfortune to order in memory.
    Never thought the perpetual over whelming billowing daily acrid smoke with the constant smelliness of smoldering oak freight pallets from around 2;00P.M. till closing was very neighborly either. How did essentially a “smoke house” locate in a mixed use primarily residential area?

  17. I ate there shortly after it opened, but unfortunately the food was very uninspiring. I had the barbequed pork sandwich, and the pork was very dry. Hardly any sauce on it, and the containers for taking out the sauce were just little paper cups, no lids, so when I got home my sauce was all over the box. I never went back.

  18. The absolute worse side dishes for the money I’ve had the misfortune to order in memory.
    Never thought the perpetual over whelming billowing daily acrid smoke with the constant smelliness of smoldering oak freight pallets from around 2;00P.M. till closing was very neighborly either. How did essentially a “smoke house” locate in a mixed use primarily residential area?

  19. I ate there shortly after it opened, but unfortunately the food was very uninspiring. I had the barbequed pork sandwich, and the pork was very dry. Hardly any sauce on it, and the containers for taking out the sauce were just little paper cups, no lids, so when I got home my sauce was all over the box. I never went back.

  20. Why was my post removed??? Don’t want to hear the truth about Matthew and Bryan Bousquet? I think the people have the right to know the truth. What is this, the Press Democrat?

    I sure hope Mamma Pig’s bounces back! They had great food and a wonderful staff!

  21. Ate there once shortly after it opened and was not in a major rush to get back. I thought it was very odd that there was only one brand of wine served, and it was horrible at that. I sent it back and drank water. It’s hardly necessary to give bad reviews at this point though. Whatever comes of this location, we will always give it a fair shake! Mirepoix was a gem, though, and we miss it greatly!

    1. Yeah I agree on the wine selection.. mine was served in a Mason Jar and the wine was warm..
      Cater to the patrons, and we will come.. I hit Lupe’s several times a month for take out because they do cater to what we want.. and now they have a full bar!

      This place has the potential to be awesome… but the food isn’t anywhere good enough to keep me coming back..

      1. The whole warm wine thing just KILLS me. I don’t know that I’d expect much different from a BBQ joint, but some great local restaurants (I’m looking at you, Rosso!) serve their red wine warm and it’s such a bummer!

  22. Seriously hope it works out for you guys… but you need to LISTEN to what we are saying. The food is just OK, and it needs to be better than just OK. I probably wont’ go back until the taste of the food improves. Windsor really, really wants to like you.
    Also.. Please, Please, Please stop serving wine and beer in those horrible Mason Jars. It’s Sonoma County for heavens sake!!

    Hoping you find a decent chef that can bbq up some ribs, because this family won’t be back until you do… Good Luck!!

    1. Yeah. Mason jars are rustic and “quaint” but highly impractical for drinking. Surely I’m not the only one who drools trying to sip over the threads on the lip of the glass? lol.

      I agree too – “Windsor really wants to like you…” Many of us did try!

  23. well they are not making a good name for themselves… open close open close would be a better name for the restaurant they open next!

    1. (THIS THREAD RELATES TO A READER COMMENT THAT WAS REMOVED BY BITECLUB)
      Rumors can be fun. But not when they are libelous.
      Which is why i remove them when i see them or am alerted to them.

      So just to remind everyone. You’re welcome to have opinions “I love Bob’s Pizza!” or “I had a really awful pizza at Bob’s! That place sucks!”

      You can’t defame someone’s character. Such as: “Bob is a sleazy businessman who doesn’t pay his bills and fondles goats.” It may be true, but unless there is hard evidence that can be corroborated, it’s just hearsay.

      1. It’s not a rumor that the restaurant is closing. That is a fact. I think Matt’s comment was in relationship to another comment (i deleted) alleging financial misdoings and other accusations about the Bousquets.

        Yes, I hear all the rumors. I have my own feelings about what actually went down. But I’m only reporting on the facts that can be corroborated.

        1. Ill tell the truth…I worked for them and my less then 100 dollar paychecks were bouncing time and time again…they robbed peter to pay paul all the time….they are two faced….but man she puts on a good FRONT>>>I wish them well but they needed to be honest to themselves and employees!!

  24. Why was my post removed??? Don’t want to hear the truth about Matthew and Bryan Bousquet? I think the people have the right to know the truth. What is this, the Press Democrat?

    I sure hope Mamma Pig’s bounces back! They had great food and a wonderful staff!

  25. We wanted to go in a couple of times while riding through Windsor but it don’t seems inviting. The old truck seems to be blocking most of the “Fung Shui”. I love vintage trucks but it don’t seem to fit in at that spot. Well at least the Smokehouse in Sebastopol is still going strong.

  26. Ate there once shortly after it opened and was not in a major rush to get back. I thought it was very odd that there was only one brand of wine served, and it was horrible at that. I sent it back and drank water. It’s hardly necessary to give bad reviews at this point though. Whatever comes of this location, we will always give it a fair shake! Mirepoix was a gem, though, and we miss it greatly!

    1. Yeah I agree on the wine selection.. mine was served in a Mason Jar and the wine was warm..
      Cater to the patrons, and we will come.. I hit Lupe’s several times a month for take out because they do cater to what we want.. and now they have a full bar!

      This place has the potential to be awesome… but the food isn’t anywhere good enough to keep me coming back..

      1. The whole warm wine thing just KILLS me. I don’t know that I’d expect much different from a BBQ joint, but some great local restaurants (I’m looking at you, Rosso!) serve their red wine warm and it’s such a bummer!

  27. Seriously hope it works out for you guys… but you need to LISTEN to what we are saying. The food is just OK, and it needs to be better than just OK. I probably wont’ go back until the taste of the food improves. Windsor really, really wants to like you.
    Also.. Please, Please, Please stop serving wine and beer in those horrible Mason Jars. It’s Sonoma County for heavens sake!!

    Hoping you find a decent chef that can bbq up some ribs, because this family won’t be back until you do… Good Luck!!

    1. Yeah. Mason jars are rustic and “quaint” but highly impractical for drinking. Surely I’m not the only one who drools trying to sip over the threads on the lip of the glass? lol.

      I agree too – “Windsor really wants to like you…” Many of us did try!

  28. well they are not making a good name for themselves… open close open close would be a better name for the restaurant they open next!

    1. (THIS THREAD RELATES TO A READER COMMENT THAT WAS REMOVED BY BITECLUB)
      Rumors can be fun. But not when they are libelous.
      Which is why i remove them when i see them or am alerted to them.

      So just to remind everyone. You’re welcome to have opinions “I love Bob’s Pizza!” or “I had a really awful pizza at Bob’s! That place sucks!”

      You can’t defame someone’s character. Such as: “Bob is a sleazy businessman who doesn’t pay his bills and fondles goats.” It may be true, but unless there is hard evidence that can be corroborated, it’s just hearsay.

      1. It’s not a rumor that the restaurant is closing. That is a fact. I think Matt’s comment was in relationship to another comment (i deleted) alleging financial misdoings and other accusations about the Bousquets.

        Yes, I hear all the rumors. I have my own feelings about what actually went down. But I’m only reporting on the facts that can be corroborated.

        1. Ill tell the truth…I worked for them and my less then 100 dollar paychecks were bouncing time and time again…they robbed peter to pay paul all the time….they are two faced….but man she puts on a good FRONT>>>I wish them well but they needed to be honest to themselves and employees!!

  29. We wanted to go in a couple of times while riding through Windsor but it don’t seems inviting. The old truck seems to be blocking most of the “Fung Shui”. I love vintage trucks but it don’t seem to fit in at that spot. Well at least the Smokehouse in Sebastopol is still going strong.

  30. Sad for the investors, food was OK, places need to a tad better than OK nowadays, and employees need to be serious about working there.
    The times we were there were inconsistent,

  31. We ate there last weekend and it was wonderful. The girl that runs the register was fantastic. Every time we went there she was full of enthusiasm and courteous and very responsive to the needs of the patrons. Hope to see her at the next restaurant. This was a great restaurant.

  32. We went there the first day they opened and it was great.
    Haven’t had a chance to get back. What a shame. I hope
    they return better than ever.

  33. Sad for the investors, food was OK, places need to a tad better than OK nowadays, and employees need to be serious about working there.
    The times we were there were inconsistent,

  34. We ate there last weekend and it was wonderful. The girl that runs the register was fantastic. Every time we went there she was full of enthusiasm and courteous and very responsive to the needs of the patrons. Hope to see her at the next restaurant. This was a great restaurant.

  35. We went there the first day they opened and it was great.
    Haven’t had a chance to get back. What a shame. I hope
    they return better than ever.

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