Sunday, 29 May 2011
Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Handlebar, Mount Sinai, NY, owned by Billy, a construction worker and his wife. They aren't sure why they are struggling to fill the restaurant as they believe the food is excellent. Chef Melissa doesn't want to be a chef, she just took the job as she was offered it. Gordon sits down to order some food, he orders the clam chowder, seafood crepe and filet mignon fondue. Gordon likes the chowder and tells Billy how delicious and well seasoned it is! The seafood crepe is filled with imitation crab meat which does not impress Gordon and he is confused by the steak fondue, as he is served hot oil to cook his own meal and ruin a good steak. After his meal he speaks to Billy who is surprised that he doesn't like the food, telling Gordon that no one has ever complained before. Gordon notices that the kitchen is filthy but Billy insists that it's better than it was. Billy and Gordon squabble and Billy rants and raves before disappearing off to call his wife and tell her that they are selling the restaurant.
Gordon witnesses a dinner service, adding a new special but Melissa struggles and customers are left waiting hours for food. The customers are not happy and resort to arguing amongst themselves. Gordon decides he has to make some big changes and decides to make the restaurant a gastropub, they will be the only one in Long Island. Gordon reveals that he has persuaded Dee Snyder to come to the relaunch. He arrives on a motorcycle, riding it into the restaurant and he reveals that customers can bid on the bike with the proceeds going to charity. The relaunch overall is a success despite a few hiccups and Gordon is pleased with the changes that have been made.
What Happened Next? When Gordon revisits it is still open and Gordon enjoys his meal. After filming the revisit it closed, it was then sold and reopened in 2010 as Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar, this then closed in 2011. The pub then became Benchwarmers Tavern and Grill, a sports bar.
Handlebar Yelp Reviews
Skybox, Formerly Handlebar Restaurant, Closes Down [Empty in Mt. Sinai]
Skybox Yelp Reviews
Benchwarmers Tavern Grill FB Page