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Open or closed? CLOSED
Location: La Grange, IL
Location: La Grange, IL
Episode Summary: Loveable couple Terry and Carol Gilmer who have ploughed their life savings into their dream of opening a restaurant but they are losing money every day. Gordon orders Duck Salad, Risotto and Crepes, the mismatched plates look like they've "picked up at the local flea market or Dollar shop". Gordons food takes a long time to arrive and is rolled out to his table on a trolley. The Risotto was a mush, salty and just deteriorates, the Duck Salad tuns out to be a bizarre combination with orange, strawberries and candied walnuts and the crepes were store bought, mushy and hideous deemed by Gordon as Crap of the Day. Gordon meets the chef and upon asking to see the risotto rice discovers it is a week old based on the date written on it! Gordon sits down with the couple to discuss the restaurant and dinner service. Gordon investigates in the freezer and finds lots of items half frozen floating in water Pinto explains that it's "fresh frozen" and that everything is frozen and they are taking it out a portion at a time.
Gordon watches a dinner service in which customers wait a long time for their food. Chef Pinto Das and Sous Chef Barney Smith don't work together in the kitchen at all. The customers send the food back. Gordon finds out of season expensive vegetables such as asparagus and Pinto almost boasts that is out of season and Gordon shouts that they are out of season so more expensive when he can get cheaper produce which is in season. Gordon teaches them a fresh mushroom risotto and special salads which are a big hit. The service is still slow despite losing the serving trolleys, the food cold and wrong sized portions. Gordon notices that they are still not working together. Gordon revamps the restaurant replacing all of the mismatched china. On relauch night, Pinto is still slow and quiet and gets behind on the orders for some tables the food takes over 3 and a half hours! Barney is doing all the work in the kitchen and Gordon takes Terry aside for a chat and with Terry running the line the kitchen gets back on track. Gordon sits down with Terry and Carol for a heart to heart and they give him an old expensive bottle of wine that he decides to keep there to be opened when he revisits.
What Happened Next: At the end of the show, we are told Pinto was fired and Barney was offered the Head Chefs job but left to finish his culinary degree. He was replaced by Jorge Flores. Pinto was said to be working as a chef for a family in the area. Cafe 36 closed in 2009.