Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Casa Roma - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Casa Roma


Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Casa Roma, Lancaster, California, the oldest restaurant in the village, run by Nylah and her son Jeremy, both of whom have no restaurant experience. They thought they were buying a restaurant with a bar attached, when in reality the bar is keeping the restaurant afloat. They are making less than $100 a night and have had over 20 chefs in 2 years. Their current Chef Eric and Sous Chef Drew don't get along and the staff describe the food as bland.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and meets Nylah and Jeremy. Gordon sits down to sample the food and enters the empty restaurant. He finds bits of food and tissue down the back of the booth, the booth he sits in is broken, the blinds are dirty and the menu misspells dining. He orders stuffed mushrooms, Monte Cristo and a medium Casa Roma deluxe pizza. Gordon waits for his food for an hour while Eric goes outside  to smoke. The stuffed mushrooms are tasteless and full of water, the Monte Cristo sandwich is dripping with fat, the pizza is raw and he declares only drunk bar patrons could eat the food. Eric is defensive and blames the bad food on a bad day.

Gordon arrives for a dinner service, they struggle to spell Sicilian and Jimmy is floating around the kitchen with a vodka and cranberry juice in his hand, he doesn't work there just stands in the kitchen. Eric ignores Drew and they don't work together so the food takes a long time to come out and when it does it is sent back. Gordon tells them it is an embarrassment and tells them to close the restaurant and ask the customers to leave. Gordon tells Nylah that Eric is only there for the pay check and to get rid of him and promote Drew to Head Chef. 


Gordon arrives the next day to inspect the walk-in and finds mouldy food, unidentifiable defrosting meat and 3 month old ribs. Gordon tells them to throw it all away. Gordon takes a blue UV light to the bathrooms and finds they are in a truly disgusting state and have not been cleaned in a very long time! Gordon questions their commitment to the restaurant with what he has seen so far. Gordon sets Drew a challenge of cooking a fresh pizza and Gordon is also going to serve them a frozen pizza to see if they can tell the difference. They love both Drew and Gordon's pizza. A whole day is spent giving the restaurant a massive makeover both inside and out and he organizes a pizza eating contest to spread the word about the new pizza. 

For relaunch night, the local fire crew stop in for dinner. A dish is sent back to the kitchen and they send it out again only for it to be returned again. Jimmy is in the kitchen making calzones and they are HUGE. Gordon tells him to cut down the size, slow down and focus on the details. Drew struggles at first but steps up and the food leaves the kitchen quickly and the customers are impressed with the new food.


What Happened Next? 


Gordon revisits, Drew is gone and Nylah bought out her son from the business. The fridge and the restaurant was clean. The biggest surprise is Q from Sebastian's is the Head Chef! They then abandoned Gordon's menu and returned to their previous menu. There are  rumours that the owners have been writing a number of reviews themselves. Casa Roma was renamed to The AV Roadhouse Restaurant Bar & GRILL, offering a slim lined menu. 

It appears that there was major change mid 2015  after a local restaurant Nico's was taken over and that all of the staff and menu came here, it was renamed again to CR Roadhouse and I am unsure if Nylah still owns the restaurant. 


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16 comments:

  1. Any word yet on whether Nyla still owns the place and merely changed its name? If not, we might as well call this one CLOSED as well. : ? Anyone?

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  2. nylah is still the owner and she is the best :)

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  3. nylah is still the owner and she is the garbage

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  4. Good lord, Erick is a fool. Why not just expand the bar?

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    1. Because most bars in residential areas are NOT profitable, especially when they serve inedible food. And I have a sneaking suspicion that wasn't urine on the ceiling that was exposed by the black light, which makes the whole thought of it even more disgusting. Maybe that's where lazy Chef Eric made his "special sauce."

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  5. dirty kitchen dining room restroom is just a sign of the owner not caring anymore

    in GR words... WAKE UP

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  6. You can tell there are bogus comments here as well. Check out the Yelp reviews..despite the fake ones most are saying that it is a dirty bar with 1.5 stars to boot. My only guess is Nylah is just as nasty and dirty as the bar was before which is why she's thrown out everything chef has given her and continued with the bar business. Can't wait to see this one go under.

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  7. Nylah honey, quit writing reviews, close the reastaurant and do what you do best....run a great bar!

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  8. Very interesting -- and very cool -- twist to see Q there. I hope he's doing well!

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  9. Was the waitress saying "Monte CRISCO"? LMAO.

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    1. Yes she was!!! But then again after GR squeezed it, I think she may have been partially correct. . .

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  10. Gordon spelled out EXACTLY what to do to MAKE MONEY IMMEDIATELY. That's what she said she wanted. Only an IDIOT would change anything! She'll die poor.

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  11. We visited a couple of times shortly after Gordon did his magic and everything was very good. Haven't been there for a couple of years so don't know what it's like now.

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