Sunday, 29 May 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Handlebar - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Handlebar


Episode Recap


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, it then became Benchwarmers Tavern and Grill, a sports bar. Sadly, Billy  passed away from cancer in November 2015.


Extra Reading

Handlebar Yelp Reviews

Skybox Yelp Reviews



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22 comments:

  1. what happened?

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  2. This was a dead business from the start. A manager that did not care and basically walked around in a daze. Add on a Chef that does not want to cook and could care less about what she produced is a disaster. Regardless of any changes Ramsey made or could do, the combo of a pathetic manager and lazy Chef means they were done before the changes even started.

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  3. Wow. Sad. It looked like it had a lot of potential. Perhaps with the right kind of motivated staff?

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  4. gordon is very good

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    1. This was a kick-ass episode, Dee Snider was also awesome and generous.

      Let's get one thing straight from the start, Chef Gordon is not at fault for any of these businesses failing.

      These businesses are on their last leg and Chef Gordon comes in and puts in his time, expertise and money to help them attempt a fresh start, whether they fail if Chef Gordon never shows up or after he leaves it's the owner's fault, period. Chef Gordon just gives them a better chance to succeed.

      Sean K.

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    2. Anyone else notice Mick Foley in Dee's entourage

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  5. What a pathetic drama-queen and little man-child that owner was. I feel so bad for his wife; I bet her entire marriage consists of her smoothing over the ruffled feathers that result from her husband's tantrums. He covered all the bases here: false dilemmas, detonating instead of listening, making accusations, unwarranted high self-estimation, and histrionically absurd threats ("FINE! I'll just fire everybody and do it all myself! And then you'll all be sorry when I drop dead!"). Sure, these shows are edited in particular ways, but there aren't many charitable reads I can give the behaviors on display here. The best blessing his poor wife could get at this point is the restaurant closing so she doesn't have to deal with all the heavy lifting *and* taking her husband's emotional temperature every five minutes. I hope she found her place in the sun; I liked her a lot. She and her *amazing* staff are awesome folks who deserve all the best in the world.

    PS: DEE SNIDER! ZOMG! It's so cool how these old-school rock stars can be so amazingly gracious and personable.

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    1. I totally agree, the wife and the wait staff were amazing people. I hope they go on to bigger, better things. They definitely deserve it!

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  6. Gordon Ramsay is a genius restaurateur who should be applauded for his zeal to help those in trouble. I watch in amazement as he and his team transforms the look of a restaurant and then see how he conjures up a really simple menus that everyone can love. His genius is exemplified by his ability to present food in elegant and simplistic ways that made even the cook who didn't like cooking look good. No one to blame for the failure of this restaurant but the self-centered, egomaniac owner who is so immature that he is incapable of showing appreciation for the gift Gordon and crew handed him. disgusting to see such benevolence wasted.

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  7. No matter the enterprise, owning a business is very hard work to get it off the ground and keep it afloat, let alone make money.
    If the food is crap, no chance any customer would come back. The first thing a restaurateur should make sure is having a good Chef who can do simple dishes with ease. If that can't be done, then better cut the losses and close right away!
    Gordon Ramsay brings amazing ways to generate momentum in just a few days. It would be interesting to find out what these owners are doing once he leaves. Do they keep "promoting" the business as they were shown or even better? Are they just sitting thinking all has been done and now the customers should just keep coming?
    Then you have the lazy owners who will just never succeed at anything because they can't take their thumbs out of a place where the Sun never shines.
    This wife was amazing and too bad she was hooked with this incompetent man. Moving from construction work to restaurateur is a huge step!
    It is sad for the workers in this place. They deserved better.

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  8. Not sure if anyone noticed but Mick Foley (aka Mankind from WWF) went to the relaunch night.

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    1. I thought that was him.

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    2. Yes, I know for a fact that was Mick Foley. Him and Dee are neighbors and have been friends for a number of years. I refuse to confirm anything other than that because I believe that would be an invasion of privacy of 2 great guys who are afforded very little privacy as it is.

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    3. Dont think anyone cares what you confirm.

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    4. It was him I rewound and paused it and zoomed in to make sure.

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  9. Yea that was Mick... It was awesome to see he was there...

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  10. Amanda the waitress was smoking hot tho.

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  11. If I recall correctly, the motorcycle that was up for bid never hit the reserve and went unsold. Pretty sure it was on ebay.

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  12. You people are idiots! That wasn't the real Dee Snyder! It was a look alike!

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  13. That wasn't Dee Snyder. It was a look alike.

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    1. That WAS the real Dee Snider - he is sooooo hot no-one could come close to being his double :-)

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