Friday, 31 October 2014

Kitchen Nightmares Open or Closed - Full Episode List

Watch Kitchen Nightmares and want to see the full episode list? On each post you will find a Kitchen Nightmares episode guide and information on each restaurant that Chef Gordon Ramsay attempted to rescue. Here you will find which Kitchen Nightmares closed or are still open on the ultimate Kitchen Nightmares Open or Closed Blog.

The Kitchen Nightmares Failure Rate stands at 63/104 or 61% and the Kitchen Nightmares Success Rate is 41/104 or 49% including the UK and Costa Del Sol Nightmares


Costa Del Nightmares

Costa Del Nightmares - Quelcuttis Tapas - OPEN Costa Del Nightmares - La Granada Divino - OPEN
Costa Del Nightmares - Le Deck - OPEN
Costa Del Nightmares - Mayfair / Jacks Chicken Shack - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Season 7

US Season 7 - Bella Luna - CLOSED 
US Season 7 - Zayna Flaming Grill - OPEN
US Season 7 - Mangia Mangia - OPEN
US Season 7 - Kati Allo - CLOSED 
US Season 7 - Old Neighborhood Restaurant - OPEN
US Season 7 - Pantaleone's - OPEN 

Kitchen Nightmares Season 6

US Season 6 - Amy's Baking Company - OPEN
US Season 6 - Chappy's - CLOSED 
US Season 6 - Prohibition Grille - OPEN
US Season 6 - Yanni's Greek Restaurant - OPEN
US Season 6 - Mill Street Bistro - RENAMED
US Season 6 - Nino's Italian Restaurant - OPEN
US Season 6 - Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room - CLOSED
US Season 6 - Levanti's American Bistro - CLOSED
US Season 6 - Olde Hitching Post - OPEN 
US Season 6 - Ms Jean's Southern Cuisine - OPEN
US Season 6 - Mama Maria's - OPEN
US Season 6 - Barefoot Bobs - OPEN
US Season 6 - La Galleria 33 Part 1 & 2 - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Season 5

US Season 5 - Spin A Yarn Steakhouse - OPEN
US Season 5 - Charlie's Italian Bistro - CLOSED
US Season 5 - Cafe Hon - OPEN
US Season 5 - Park's Edge - OPEN
US Season 5 - Chiarella's Ristorante - OPEN
US Season 5 - El Greco - CLOSED
US Season 5 - Michon's - CLOSED
US Season 5 - Zocalo - CLOSED
US Season 5 - The Greek at the Harbor - OPEN
US Season 5 - Burger Kitchen Parts 1 & 2 - CLOSED
US Season 5 - Luigi's D' Italia - OPEN
US Season 5 - Mike and Nellie's - CLOSED
US Season 5 - Leone's - OPEN
US Season 5 - Blackberry's  - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Season 4

US Season 4 - Oceana - OPEN
US Season 4 - Zeke's - CLOSED
US Season 4 - Capri - OPEN
US Season 4 - Kingston Cafe - CLOSED
US Season 4 - Cafe Tavolini - CLOSED
US Season 4 - Downcity - CLOSED
US Season 4 - Davide - CLOSED
US Season 4 - Grasshopper Also - CLOSED
US Season 4 - PJ's Steakhouse - CLOSED
US Season 4 - Classic American - CLOSED
US Season 4 - Spanish Pavillion - OPEN
US Season 4 - La Frite - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Season 3

US Season 3 - Sushi Ko - CLOSED
US Season 3 - Fleming - CLOSED
US Season 3 - Anna Vincenzo's - CLOSED
US Season 3 - Mama Rita's - CLOSED
US Season 3 - Casa Roma - RENAMED
US Season 3 - Le Bistro - OPEN
US Season 3 - Lido di Manhattan - OPEN
US Season 3 - Mojito - OPEN
US Season 3 - Bazzini - CLOSED
US Season 3 - Flamangos The Junction - CLOSED
US Season 3 - Hot Potato Cafe - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Season 2

US Season 2 - Cafe 36 - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Santé La Brea - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Fiesta Sunrise - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Sabatiello's - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Jack's Waterfront - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Hannah & Mason's - CLOSED
US Season 2 - J Willy's - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Black Pearl - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Trobiano's - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Giuseppi's - CLOSED
US Season 2 - Handlebar - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Season 1

US Season 1 - The Secret Garden - OPEN
US Season 1 - Campania - CLOSED
US Season 1 - Lelas - CLOSED
US Season 1 - Finn McCool's - CLOSED
US Season 1 - Sebastians - CLOSED
US Season 1 - The Olde Stone Mill - OPEN
US Season 1 - Seascape - CLOSED
US Season 1 - The Mixing Bowl - CLOSED
US Season 1 - Dillons (Purnima) - CLOSED
US Season 1 - Peters - CLOSED

Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares UK

UK Great British Nightmare - The Dovecote Bistro (Martins Bistro) - OPEN

UK Great British Nightmare - Runaway Girl (Silversmiths) - OPEN

UK Season 5 - The Granary - CLOSED

UK Season 5 - The Curry Lounge - OPEN
UK Season 5 - The Fish and Anchor - CLOSED
UK Season 5 - The Priory - CLOSED
UK Season 5 - Piccolo Teatro - CLOSED
UK Season 5 - Ruby Tates Loves Fish Restaurant - CLOSED

UK Season 4 - Rococo Maggies - CLOSED

UK Season 4 - Morgans - CLOSED
UK Season 4 - The Fenwick Arms - OPEN with new owners
UK Season 4 - La Parra de Burriana - CLOSED

UK Season 3 - La Gondola - CLOSED

UK Season 3 - Clubway 41 (Jacksons) - CLOSED
UK Season 3 - The Sandgate Hotel - OPEN with new owners
UK Season 3 - Oscars - CLOSED

UK Season 2 - La Riviera - OPEN renamed Abstract

UK Season 2 - Momma Cherri's Soul Food Shack - CLOSED
UK Season 2 - D-Place - CLOSED
UK Season 2 - La Lanterna - CLOSED

UK Season 1 - Moore Place - CLOSED

UK Season 1 - The Walnut Tree Inn - OPEN with new owners
UK Season 1 - The Glass House - OPEN

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Welcome to the Kitchen Nightmares Blog

Welcome to Kitchen Nightmares Blog, the Ultimate (and best in my opinion)  Kitchen Nightmares Open or Closed Information site.

Kitchen Nightmares was a kitchen makeover show in which Gordon Ramsay visited the restaurant and through his investment of time and money, he tried to bring failing restaurants back from the brink of closure. 

 Do you love Kitchen Nightmares? Do you want to know what happened when Gordon left  the restaurants both sides of the pond? What restaurants are open and what restaurants are closed? Many restaurants closed in 2013, want to find out which ones? Then look no further you are in the right place for updates on the restaurants featured on Kitchen Nightmares.

Each Kitchen Nightmare will have it's own post with an episode summary of the Kitchen Nightmares episode, What Happened Next and links for further reading.
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Costa Del Nightmares - La Granada Divino - OPEN

Open or closed? OPEN
Location: Gaucin, Spain
Episode Summary: Coming soon!

What Happened Next? Reviews since Gordon's visit appear to be very positive, with compliments on the service, food and presentation of the food.

Extra Reading

La Granada Divino Trip Advisor Reviews

Review: La Granada Divino, Gaucin

Gordon Ramsay visits Gaucin and Restaurant La Granada Divino
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Costa Del Nightmares - Le Deck - OPEN

Open or closed? OPEN
Location: Capbreton, France

Episode Summary: Gordon visits Capbreton in the South West of France, arriving in a beautiful convertible Morgan. Tim and Debbie Wall who emigrated to France 28 years ago, they met as holiday reps and married 6 years later. They opened 3 ski restaurants in the Alps before settling in Biarritz when their children came along. Le Deck was opened 3 years ago to replicate their previously successful restaurants. They opened a restaurant with an international menu with all the money he made from the alps restaurant, around 1 million Euros. The restaurant however is losing £50,000 a year. Gordon surprises them as he hasn't told them he is arriving on that day. He arrives mid afternoon and the place is empty, he meets and is surprised to see the Head Chef Steve lingering in the mezzanine in the restaurant which is makeshift housing for Steve and 7 other workers!  A swarm of staff appears from outside and from various rooms inside the restaurant. The staff eat a leisurely delux lunch of steak and chocolate mousse whilst Gordon remarks about the 25 Euros set menu. Owner Tim arrives close to service starting and is not impressed that the staff is eating steak and tells them they are taking the p***. Gordon is straight in the restaurant and catches Steve sneaking past a bag of frozen red mullet. Steve defends the steak by saying they were in a rush, Steve walks off when Gordon talks to him about this. Tim rants about the steak some more and is on edge. 

Gordon sits down to order some food, he orders fruits de mer en croute, the Le Deck Burger and their specialty dish the Le Deck Fish Salad. The fruits de mer en Croute is greasy with no pastry, the Le Deck Burger is raw and ice cold and the Le Deck Salad is just as bad, Gordon comments that the mussels aren't cleaned with beards and the prawns smell. Gordon asks Tim about the prawns, he tells Gordon they frozen on board the ship after being caught in Argentina. Gordon fills the restaurant for the evening with 60 guests, half the capacity of the restaurant,  to test the kitchen. Steve tells Gordon that it isn't his menu, it is Tim's and he isn't able to change it. The orders flood in and the kitchen struggles to get the food out on time and some diners are left waiting for 45 minutes. Tim tries to take over and tells them to get the food out. More customers arrive and the kitchen runs out of food, the kitchen asks him to stop taking orders so they can check what is left but Tim keeps asking for items they have run out of. With more guests arriving and Tim allowing this to happen Manager Chris is sent out to buy/borrow more meat from another restaurant. Gordon tells Tim after service that he is speechless at how he was running around and couldn't believe that he allowed more walk in customers when they were struggling with the 60 booked in. Tim tells him that he hates refusing people as he needs the money. Steve tells Tim he has to answer all questions on the food as it is his menu.

The next day,  Tim tells Debbie he wants to spend more time with the children. Gordon arrives at their house to talk about finances, Tim doesn't think about the money when he has an idea. Gordon doesn't want them to lose their house (which is stunningly beautiful by the way) and insists they need to look deeper at the finances. Debbie tells him they can walk away if it continues to get worse, Tim says he is willing to change. Gordon takes Tim to a local oyster place to eat oysters and talk business. Tim talks some randomness about shirts and t shirts and confuses Gordon. Gordon talks to Steve who admits he has lost some passion and takes him to the local fish market. Gordon wants Steve to create a locally sourced fish special, Gordon discovers that Steve can't speak a word of French and struggles to order the fish with the French names. Gordon tells Steve that he needs to hear his voice. Steve and Stuey have created their own fish specials, Steve's is sole with green beans and lentils and Stuey's is curried monk fish with a salad of mango, rocket and beansprout salad. Tim loves the specials and Gordon bans Tim from the kitchen. The specials are popular and the customers love them but Tim struggles with the changes and being excluded from the kitchen. Gordon supplies the team with some local oysters to devise 4 new oyster dishes and 4 new cocktails to accompany them. Tim is told to take Debbie out for dinner for the evening away from the restaurant. Debbie tells him they need to have more time together as a family and they will only get this if he stops being a control freak at the restaurant. Gordon is impressed by what the staff have come up with and so is Tim and Debbie. Tim is agitated because the staff have such excellent ideas(?). He gets angry and screams at the staff for being brilliant but scruffy (?). Everyone is shocked by Tim's outburst. Tim and Debbie argue outside, Debbie tells him he doesn't deserve respect. 

The next day, Tim and Debbie arrive at the restaurant, they go into the dining room and Tim tells the staff that he has been like a tornado and not communicating. Tim decides to paint the walls white and has delegated the staff to paint the walls. The front of house staff have given the restaurant a makeover and now it is to the kitchen staff to take care of the new smaller menu with locally sourced fish being the focus. Gordon brings Tim and Debbie to the restaurant, showing them the new sign and the lack of the huge gazebo and the new oyster bar outsourced with a local supplier giving them a percentage from sales. The new menu pleases Tim and he hugs Gordon, Tim is in tears and is pleased with his staff, congratulating them on the transformation. 

For relaunch, Tim is placed as Front of House with Gordon overseeing the kitchen. The oysters are popular but Tim lets customers in without checking the bookings or crossing them off their reservation list. The kitchen begins to push out the dishes but struggles as more guests arrive and misreads a ticket so leaves out a starter for one customer. Steve takes control of the kitchen whereas Tim stresses over portion size. Gordon reminds him that for 6 Euros the portion is more than adequate. Gordon promises to throw him in the port if he continues to interfere. The customers especially the locals love the food and fresh fish dishes. Tim consults with the kitchen before offering out more tables to walk in and with fish taking less time to cook, they are quickly turning tables. They have also sold over 160 oysters within the first hour of the relaunch. The relaunch is a success, the kitchen have stepped up to the plate and they have made over 2000 Euros on one service. 
What Happened Next? Over the past month, Le Deck is averaging 15,000-20,000 per week and Stuey is now the Head Chef as Steve has returned to the mountains. Tim is taking a step back and allowing the staff to do their jobs. Reviews on Trip Advisor are mixed since Gordon visited the restaurant with complaints mainly focusing on poor service. There are also negatives about food prices and quality. 

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Le Deck Trip Advisor Reviews
Le Deck FB Page
Le Deck Twitter Page
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Costa Del Nightmares - Mayfair / Jacks Chicken Shack

Open or closed? OPEN
Location: Fuengirola, Spain

Episode Summary: Gordon visits Fuengirola to help turn around Mayfair Restaurante, run by South Londoner Pat and her Spanish husband Jack. They met whilst Pat was on holiday in the 60s, they settled in England but moved back to Spain 28 years ago. Jack is an eccentric hoarder with a fridge full of tools. They ran a restaurant in London and when they moved back they opened the restaurant in Spain. The restaurant is outdated and Jacks  children especially son John criticise the restaurant but their father doesn't listen. The restaurant is no longer making money and is losing money every day. Gordon arrives at Mayfair and comments that every other restaurant is full and theirs is empty. He sits down with the owners to discuss the restaurant and finds a Native American mask, shoes and other random stuff in a broken freezer. Gordon finds another broken freezer and another room full of hoarded clutter, that has been there 6 years. The restaurant has had to be restricted in size to make room for his hoarding. Pat reveals she has sold her house and is using money from the sale to support the business. Son John is willing and ready to take over the business but Jack won't step aside. The tapas counter has more horrors as raw and cooked meat is stored next to each other. The kitchen is no better with filth coating the surfaces, pre-cooked spaghetti and mouldy oranges. Fresh produce is dumped on top of old produce and he is buying fresh food everyday. Gordon discovers a rotting chicken at the back of the fridge and he says it was cooked 4 days ago but in reality it was much longer ago. Gordon orders the kitchen and restaurant to be closed based on his findings. John is clearly frustrated by the state of the kitchen and in his father and Chef Juan. 

Gordon comes back the next day and Jack has cleaned the kitchen and everything is better organised. Gordon sits down to order some food, he orders a tortilla and is offered ketchup or brown sauce. He asks whether it was made fresh as the potatoes taste rotten, he asks if it went in the microwave and is told no. Next he is served a fried fish dish, with calamari and squis which he says is rubbery and sloppy. Gordon tells Juan to taste it and he says it is fine. Jack takes over in the kitchen and serves Gordon a 2 day old chicken, it is dry and cold. Gordon orders John to taste the sauce and he finds it revolving, Jack tastes it and calls it salty. Jack walks out whilst Gordon tells Pat it's a joke. Jack is stubborn and in denial and doesn't listen to John. Daughter Marie agrees Jack is hard headed and says Pat also blocks it out, John and Jack often disagree and argue. Gordon puts down a line and tells Jack he isn't to enter and if he crosses the link he'll put him in the sea, John is to run the restaurant and Juan is not to use a microwave.

The restaurant is full and Juan is under pressure to cook from fresh, Jack is out front charming the customers but the kitchen is falling apart. Juan is reacting to the loss of the microwave by overcooking meat.  Jack refuses to sack Juan as he feels sorry for him at 1500 euros a month, he is the biggest drain on the owners finances. The customers aren't happy with being left to wait and the substandard food that has been received. Customers have walked away without paying and son John is furious. John also runs a car rental firm and Gordon visits him at the business, John is losing money on this business too. The cars are falling apart and 40,000 euros came from his parents. Gordon tells him to sell this failing business to try and be able to save the failing restaurant. Gordon orders them to declutter the restaurant whilst he visits the other restaurants and sees that the restaurants are all serving the same menus. Gordon returns and finds Jack struggling to let go of much from the restaurant, Pat tells him everything is going and nothing is going back to their home. With the clutter gone the restaurant size has doubled and this means more earning potential for the restaurant. Gordon asks John to sell the cars and business and try and pay back his father. 

Gordon reveals a new sign funded by £300 from selling Jacks junk, the idea being a fried chicken shack with a twist. The restaurant has been repainted with a fresh coat of paint and more tables have been added. Gordon shows them how to make the fried chicken from freshly bought and prepared chicken, the menu is very simple and cost effective and the family love the new fried chicken. There are sauces and salads to up sell to customers to help boost income.  Jack, John and Pat are in the town promoting the restaurant in chicken suits. A new chef has been hired and Juan is demoted to pot washer. 

For opening night, there are all hands on deck with the whole family in the restaurant. The kitchen is prepared but front of house have messed up and given 5 big orders to the kitchen all at once. Gordon orders them to stop taking orders for 5 minutes to give them space. Food is taken out by Jack after struggling to find the correct table but there is confusion as the server hasn't told them what the food is. Front of house is suffering. Gordon despairs as Jack returns to the kitchen with raw chicken which has been rushed out. More and more raw chicken returns to the kitchen and Gordon orders them to slow down and work as a team. John steps in and supports the kitchen and the kitchen is running smoothly. The customers are happy with the food despite the wait and they have made over 700 Euros. 

What Happened Next?
Gordon returns to the restaurant 4 weeks later and they have kept the chicken theme for the restaurant. Gordon arrives at lunch time and the restaurant is busy. Another Juan has been hired to replace Juan and the kitchen has kept up the cleaning regime. They are averaging 500 Euros a day and John has sold the cars but hasn't repaid his parents a penny from the sale. John has control but he hasn't managed to persuade Jack to retire. John writes an IOU to his parents and it is put inside the till. In the 3 months prior to airing, they are averaging £1500 a week, John has sold 2 cars but still hasn't paid his parents back. Recent reviews however tell of overpriced, disappointing food. The owners have reported that both customer satisfaction and sales are up.

Twitter user Chris, visited the restaurant in June, below is his experience....

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Jacks Chicken Shack Review - Spanish Food Blog

TV chef Gordon Ramsay transforms Fuengirola restaurant while filming in Spain

Gordon Ramsay brings his 'pesadilla' to Costa- Google Chrome Will Translate This

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

US Season 7 - Bella Luna - CLOSED

Open or closed? CLOSED 
Location: Easton, PA

Episode Summary: Gordon visits Bella Luna, an Italian restaurant owner by Rosario Scollo. She bought the restaurant for her son Gianfranco to celebrate him completing culinary school. The restaurant is a family run business with Rosario's son Maurizio hired as Manager. The customers aren't thrilled with the poorly cooked food or the hairs that have been found in dishes. The decor is terrible, manager Traci thinks it looks like a morgue, she also criticises Rosarios leadership skills and believes her to be very disorganised. Gordon arrives at the restaurant and is pounced on by Traci who throws herself upon Gordon, and is clearly pleased to see him! Gordon enters the restaurant and sits down with Rosario who assures him that they only serve fresh food and never frozen food. She believes that the customers are the problem, that they are used to poor quality frozen food that they are unable to appreciate freshly cooked, authentic Italian dishes. 

Gordon sits down to sample the food and orders the Mussells Marinara, Veal Saltimbooca and a Penne pasta dish. Gordon tastes the strange looking veal dish and is not impressed, it is over cooked, under seasoned and there is too much flour in the sauce. The penne pasta dish is just an unimpressive, Gordon hands some way passed it yellowing herbs to Traci and declares that it tastes like baby vomit. Finally the Mussels Marinara is brought out to Gordon, which has very few mussels and plenty of marinara sauce. Gordon finds the mussels chewy and asked whether they are frozen, it is confirmed they are frozen, despite Rosario's assurance that everything is fresh... Gordon goes to speak to Gianfranco about the frozen mussels and his defense is that the menu is so large they can't keep fresh mussels as they would not sell them, he wants to take them off the menu.

Gordon returns to observe a dinner service, with Gordon in town the place is fuller than usual. He discovers that they don't have tickets for orders just scraps of paper with orders written on. The cooks defrost shrimps in the microwave and Gordon finds that frozen chicken has been defrosting in a sink and begins to question Rosario's claims of everything being fresh. Gordon decides it is time to inspect the walk-in and freezer and finds container after container of frozen chicken. Rosario tells him that they get the chicken in fresh and then freeze it which somehow doesn't mean that they are serving frozen food, she continues to insist that the food is fresh. The walk-in is no better, there is moldy food and food on it's way to being moldy. Rosario has the usual excuse of the produce being hers or being stored for someone or something else. Gordon tells Traci to shut down the service and ask the guests to leave. Gordon tries to talk to Rosario who continues to be in denial about the restaurant.  

The next Gordon sets up a fake trial in a public building and puts all the staff on trial. The crimes are the usual, Rosario is too laid back and lets people walk all over her and Gianfranco has lost his passion in the kitchen. Everyone goes on the defence of their crimes and the trial is over. Gordon isn't finished yet though and brings in locals who have previously dined at Bella Luna. The main complaints are about the poor food and one woman believes she had sour, off cannoli. After the court room, Gordon brings everyone back to Bella Luna, which has had a makeover over night with new furniture and new tableware. There is a new menu, which has been significantly cut down featuring all fresh food.

For relaunch evening, Gordon invites the disgruntled customers from the earlier town hall trial. They are impressed with the decor and after some hiccups with the service they are impressed with the food. The relaunch services starts smoothly but Gianfranco struggles with the new ordering system on proper tickets. He tries to send out the most ridiculous lasagna and Gordon catches him doing so. He takes him outside and shouts at him to get it together before chucking the lasagna on the floor. The relaunch was a success overall, despite some hiccups.

What Happened Next? Bella Luna Ristorante closed 3 and a half months after filming. Rosaria says they did not fail but had a dispute with the landlord and business was up threefold after filming. The landlord however, claims they had not paid the lease in months. After the closure, it emerged that they had been selling alcohol with an expired license. The owners are currently looking for a new premises so watch this space... DeLorenzo's restaurant opened at the address in April/May 2014, reviews so far are good.

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Bella Luna Yelp Reviews
Bella Luna Trip Advisor Reviews 
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Bella Luna could've succeeded after "Kitchen Nightmares" former owner says
'We didn't fail,' says Bella Luna Ristorante owner ahead of 'Kitchen Nightmares' show

DeLorenzo's restaurant will move to former Bella Luna building in mid-April
Delorenzo’s Italian Restaurants Yelp Reviews
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

US Season 7 - Zayna Flaming Grill - OPEN

Open or closed? OPEN 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA

Episode Summary: Gordon visits Zayna Grill, a Mediterranean restaurant on Redondo Beach ,a  family restaurant owned by Fay and her niece Brenda, Fays son Mark works there alongside Amel and Vanessa. The food is poor and no one gets along with anyone. Ramsay arrives and decides to meet Fay and Brenda separately to discuss what the real issues are.  They both think the other should be fired and no longer be a part of the restaurant. Fay says she has to do everything as Brenda doesn't pull her weight, Brenda thinks that Fay won't give up control so that she can run the restaurant. 

Gordon arrives for a lunch service to try the food, Gordon is entertained by the huge cushions in his booth. Gordon notices the huge typo on the front of the menu as Zayna is described as an "Exquisite Dinning Adventure". Gordon calls over Mark, the waiter for a spelling test and he spells Dining correctly. Gordon orders a dip sampler, fava beans, Kibbi rolls and .The sampler features hummus and other Mediterranean dips. These are oily and Mark stands across the restaurant stating at him. Amel brings out Gordon's second dish, fava beans with a huge Z on the top in cream. Gordon describes the dish as looking like someone has puked on his plate. The kibbi rolls taste frozen certainly not the fresh good the restaurant advertises. Gordon test Mark to a reading test of the sign outside where he realises frozen isn't fresh.  Gordon continues to be stared at by Mark and has to ask Amel to go tell him to stop staring at him. The Zayna combo platter looks the worst out of the dishes, Gordon says it is dry with no flavour. Gordon watches Amel take away his plates and bus them pretty much in the middle of the restaurant. Gordon sits down with the staff to discuss problems in the restaurant. It appears that Fay is alone in the kitchen without any help, although the others say they try to help but that she refuses to take their help. She can't let Amel anywhere near the kitchen claiming she is clumsy and prone to injuring herself, a claim that no one else appears to back up. 

Gordon returns in the evening to witness a dinner service, as Gordon is in town the restaurant is fuller than usual. Most seem excited to try the food with hummus being a favourite/safe choice for most. Sadly, the hummus disappoints and many are sent back to the kitchen. Gordon takes drastic measures and goes to a nearby grocery store and buys some hummus, which he spoons into the restaurants serving bowls and takes it out to the customers who sent theirs back, they love it. Gordon decides it is time to check out the walk-in and freezer. In the freezer Gordon finds months worth of prepared frozen food and old food. Gordon finds frozen meat stored underneath dripping warm water essentially speeding up the rotting process. Gordon returns the next day  to try and help the restaurant. Fay once again claims she has to do everything as no one will help her and the others claim they do try but she refuses help. After another argument breaks out Gordon says that the restaurant will be opening for lunch and Fay is going to go home for the day. They will run the restaurant without her and Gordon will supervise. Ramsay then reveals to Fay that she isn't really going home but instead she will be watching from a surveillance van.

Before lunch even begins Marks struggles to work the rice cooker. Brenda holds the fort well even though Fay refuses to see this. The lunch goes smoothly except for a few dishes being sent back and an argument between Amel and Mark but Brenda steps up and keeps control. Fay is brought back in after the service and it is revealed that she was watching. She tells Brenda she was amazing. Gordon's next task is to cook a fresh meal in the kitchen with both Fay and Brenda, they show how unfamiliar they are with fresh fish. Gordon goes into town and discovers that no one seems to heard of the restaurant. To rectify this he sets up a prime advertising spot on the pier with free samples to reach out to the locals. The following day Gordon reveals the new bright interior and gone are Gordon's favourite cushions that attack you whilst you eat. 

On relaunch night, things get off to a great start with the staff being positive and communicating effectively. When the orders start coming into the kitchen hard and fast Fay goes back to the old ways and ignores both Brenda and Amel, continuing to say nothing whilst manning the grill. Somehow Brenda manages to get through to Fay and she starts communicating again. Overall, despite some hiccups the relaunch was a success.

What Happened Next?
After Gordon's visit. Fay went back to her old ways and as a result Vanessa and Amel left the restaurant, Brenda however is still asserting some level of leadership in the restaurant. Reviews are mostly good after Gordon's left and the filming of the episode and from the comments on Yelp, it appears that many locals are now frequenting the restaurant.

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Zayna Flaming Grill FB Page 

Zayna Flaming Grill Yelp Reviews 
Zayna Flaming Grill Trip Advisor Reviews 

Zayna Flaming Grill: Kitchen Nightmares spotlights Redondo Beach eatery 
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US Season 7 - Mangia Mangia - OPEN

Open or closed? OPEN 
Location: Woodland Park, CO

Episode Summary: Gordon visits Mangia Mangia in Colorado, bought by owner Julie Watson who just wanted to own a restaurant. There was previously a fast food restaurant in the building, she chose to make the restaurant an Italian restaurant because her daughter told her there was only Mexican and Chinese restaurants in the town. Cook Kevin admits that everyone hates the head chef Trevor. Arriving at the restaurant Gordon notices that there is a drive thru and decides to pull in, he is handed a laminated menu and is confused that a restaurant offers a drive through service usually reserved for fast food joints. Gordon orders the soup of the day which turns out to be a chicken soup, Janelle forgets to give him a spoon but as the soup is a solid sludge the fork works well. Gordon compares the soup to gruel and is not impressed. Gordon decides to enter the restaurant and sits down with Julie, telling her that the restaurant still looks like a fast food restaurant. She thinks that the decorations she has added makes the restaurant look like a restaurant. Ramsay questions her on her knowledge of Italy and she claims she has never been.  Julie takes Gordon into the kitchen so that he can meet the staff and meets the young Head Chef Trevor, who used to date Janelle.

Ramsays sits down to taste the menu and orders mushroom ravioli, veal piccata, salmon, lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs. The ravioli is clearly bought in with terrible glowing white sauce  so Gordon sends the waitress into the kitchen to see if Trevor knows how to make fresh ravioli, he replies that he has no idea how to make it. Gordon writes down a simple recipe and sends it into the kitchen,  Julie reacts by questioning what 550grams is, it appears no one is familiar with the metric system or conversions. The lasagna is next, Gordon sends it straight back as there is a thumb print on the plate. The plate is cleaned and sent back out and Gordon discovers that the lasagna is frozen in the middle. Julie's reaction is that Trevor must have used the wrong microwave as they have a good and bad microwave in the kitchen. The meatballs are cooked through but taste like "warm foam". The veal is not any better, as it is still raw in the middle and finally the balsamic drenched salmon tastes frozen. Gordon confronts the staff in the kitchen and discovers that none of the staff have any formal training, including the head chef. Julie is defensive about the food, telling Gordon the food is good repeatedly but admits that the veal is old. Gordon can see he is not getting anywhere and walks out, Julie bursts into tears.

Gordon returns for a dinner service and it is a disaster, every dish bar a few is returned to the kitchen and Gordon asks Trevor if he tasted any that were returned and his answer is merely "F*** it". With his attitude, Gordon decides it is time to inspect the walk in and finds a never ending supply of pre-cooked pasta, around 400 servings. Julie's response is that she has the pre-cooked pasta so that people don't have to wait, one dish takes a mere 90 seconds to cook. She blames Trevor for trying to make her look for every dish on the menu being frozen. The staff reveal that Julie shouts at them for any reason and the cooks change the breadcrumbs every other day to save money, coating both egg plant and chicken and causing cross contamination.  Ramsay goes on the attach of everything being frozen and Julie's defence is that the food isn't frozen as it is defrosted. Frustrated, Gordon walks into the dining room and asks the customers how much of the menu they expect to be fresh and they expect 90%+ so Gordon explains that only 5% of the food they were served is fresh. Julie walks out, the service stops and the staff go out the back to smoke and moan. The dirty laundry begins to air, Janelle tells Gordon that Trevor tried to punch her at work, the staff don't always turn up for shifts and Kevin has come to work high on several occasions, whereas Trevor comes in high quite a lot of the time. Janelle leaves in tears and they shut the restaurant and everyone is told to go home. 

Gordon gathers the staff to talk though some issues and the problems the staff have with each other. When it comes out that Trevor has a meth problem, Julie has little option but to fire Trevor. Gordon steps in to help the staff to learn some basic but classic Italian dishes without using microwaves. He recruits Chef Don from Denver to run the kitchen and hosts a family fun day to advertise the restaurant. The restaurant decor is given a makeover and no longer looks like a fast food branch. The menu is also given a makeover with real fresh food on the menu. 

For relaunch night, things get off to a bad start when Julie fires orders at the kitchen with great speed, like in the old reheating days and is told to slow down as the fresh food takes longer to cook. The customers are impressed with the new decor and are impressed with the food, the staff are also much happier in the restaurant. As a final prank, Gordon pulls into the drive through to pick up the microwave from the kitchen.

What Happened Next? Reviews are mostly excellent after Gordon's makeover and the filming of the episode with compliments on the food and service. It appears they have kept most if not all of Gordon's changes and are following his advice. 

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US Season 7 - Kati Allo - CLOSED

Open or closed? CLOSED 
Location: Flushing, NY

Episode Summary: 
Gordon visits Kati Allo, a Greek restaurant in Queens, New York owned by husband and wife Manny and Christine. It isn't long into the episode that we come to learn that their marriage lays in tatters. Gordon arrives and talks to the couple about how they got into the business and Manny explains that he went for a haircut to the barbers next door and decided to buy the restaurant as it was up for sale. They explain that their children have all worked in the restaurant at one time or another and now it is just daughter Evelyn who works one day a week as a waitress. They are in huge amounts of debt and have sold their house to finance the restaurant, they also reveal that they are divorcing. 

Gordon sits down to try the food during lunch service, he orders the pastitisio, gyro platter and a pork dish. He is not impressed with any of the food, the gyro tastes frozen, the sausage is garlicky and greasy, the pastitisio is a bland pile of worms and is boiling in the middle, it has clearly been microwaved. Disappointed in the meal he has eaten, Gordon sits down with the staff to tell them about his dining experience. Manny doesn't answer Gordon when he asks if the sausage was fried and instead insists that it's an old recipe, he tells them the food was tasteless and greasy. Gordon decides to talk to Evelyn about the problems, she bursts into tears and claims that the restaurant has ruined her family and they have been  on the brink of divorce for a long time.

Gordon returns in the evening to observe a dinner service. Gordon is not impressed when Manny cuts into chicken on the grill to check it is thoroughly cooked, something an amateur cook might do. A dish arrives in the kitchen via a dumbwaiter and Gordon is surprised to find that it is cooked which means it was cooked elsewhere. He finds out that there is a kitchen downstairs and there is a member of staff down there microwaving dishes! He goes downstairs to find the woman and the microwave and also finds the walk-in and more food storage. Inside he finds tray after tray of moldy food and even worse, jars of food that are over 10 years old! He brings the family into the walk-in and digs out a bucket of a white liquid and insists that they all smell it. Manny is shown the disgusting state of the kitchen and tells Gordon that it's not his fault that it is his staff's fault. Evelyn insists that it is his job to check all this but Manny just says that they need to hire better staff. Gordon heads to their home to see if anything can be done to save their marriage and after a brief conversation they decide to commit to both saving the restaurant and saving their marriage. Gordon returns to the restaurant and teaches Manny and Christine a sea bass dish and then asks them to make the dish together. Overnight the restaurant is given a huge makeover with a more Greek feel. The restaurant is given a lick of paint and all of the furniture, tablecloths and crockery is replaced. When the restaurant is revealed, Christine screams like a banshee repeatedly! 
For relaunch night, Manny and Evelyn are running the restaurant together. The kitchen falls apart as many loses track of the orders and storms out yelling in Greek. He soon remembers his new commitment to both the restaurant and his marriage and comes back to the restaurant, turning the service around into a success. 

What Happened Next?
Reviews were mixed after Gordon's makeover and the filming of the episode and they closed in April 2014. Kalamaki NYC, a Greek restaurant opened in it's place in July 2014. Reviews looks good and it appears regulars from Kati Allo have become customers here too. 

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

US Season 7 - Old Neighborhood Restaurant - OPEN

Open or closed? OPEN 
Location: Arvada, CO

Episode Summary: 
Gordon visits the Old Neighbourhood Restaurant in Arvada, Colorado as he approaches he spots a strange sight, a mannequin wearing a baseball cap, leopard print dress and leather gloves, a truly insane sight! Gordon meets with owner Randy who tells him that her name is Fiona and the gloves are because someone stole her hands, oh and his wife Alexa changes her outfits regularly. Gordon looks around the restaurant and finds the decor to not only be dated but the place is cluttered. He sits down with the owners to discuss the problems in the restaurant, they conflict each other when asked how often they change the menu and settle with once a year, another lie. The menu they give to customers looks much older than a year. 

Gordon sits down to order lunch but decides to take a closer look around the restaurant. The chairs appear to all be on wheels, presumably to help with cleaning the carpet. The menu is huge and in no logical order. Gordon orders the New Orleans shrimp, salmon special and scallops. The shrimp arrives and Gordon is confused by the light colour of the dish, the waitress explains that there is cream in the dish. Gordon samples the shrimp but quickly spits it out. The salmon is no better with the same creamy sauce, Gordon is once again unimpressed. Mid meal Gordon takes a walk around the restaurant to inspect the restaurant and finds that the wallpaper is coming off the walls! Gordon's scallops arrive and he questions why they are called Yucatan scallops and Randy explains that the sauce has chipotle in it. After his disappointing meal Gordon goes into the kitchen to speak to the staff and Aleca admits she doesn't taste the food because she has made the dishes so many times she knows what they taste like.

Gordon returns for the evening service and sits on the dirty couch in the front of the restaurant and discovers just how filthy it is when he finds food waste and more under the cushions. He then decides to inspect under other cushions and finds an old pair of shoes! The kitchen is no better and for some reason there are meat thermometers in a hole in the wall. The walk-in is probably one of the worst ever, everything seems to be cross contaminated. The chocolate dessert is on top of raw meat, the meat juices have got everywhere. There is the usual mold and old food but also a dead mouse. Gordon has seen enough and orders the restaurant to be closed and the service to end. Once the customers have left, Gordon talks to the owners and confesses he doesn't know what to do. Alexa begs him to stay, he agrees that he will stay but only if they clean the kitchen. They spend the entire night cleaning the kitchen and through away all the bad food, they appear to realise that they aren't that good at running the restaurant. Gordon returns the next morning and is pleased with the clean up of the restaurant, however he thinks it could go further. He orders the staff to throw away all the garbage from the restaurant and also to throw away Fiona. Alexa happily throws away Fiona! 

Gordon reveals a new interior, the furniture and table settings have been replaced with a new fresh look. The menu has also had a revamp with nearly 100 items being cut down to around 20. The relaunch evening is a success despite a few hiccups. The customers love the new food and decor and Alexa and Randy are happy too. 

What Happened Next?
Reviews are mostly good after Gordon's makeover and the filming of the episode.

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