Thursday, 8 June 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Casa Roma - CLOSED

Casa Roma Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, 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 are making less than $100 a night and have had over 20 chefs in 2 years. Gordon finds bits of food and tissue down the back of the broken booth, the blinds are dirty and the menu misspells dining. He orders stuffed mushrooms, Monte Cristo and a medium Casa Roma deluxe pizza. The stuffed mushrooms are tasteless and full of water, the Monte Cristo sandwich is dripping with fat and the pizza is raw. 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. 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 Nylah that Eric is only there for the pay check and to get rid of him and promote Drew to Head Chef. The next day Gordon inspects the walk-in and finds mouldy food, unidentifiable defrosting meat and 3 month old ribs and takes a blue UV light to the bathrooms and finds they are in a truly disgusting state!

Gordon sets Drew a challenge of cooking a fresh pizza and Gordon serves them a frozen pizza to see if they can tell the difference. A day is spent giving the restaurant a makeover both inside and out and he organises 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! After this they abandoned Gordon's menu and returned to the 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 Casa Roma closed 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. Yelp reviews are mostly negative on both restaurants.

Casa Roma aired on March 12 2010, the episode was filmed in March 2008 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 3 episode 7.

13 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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    1. Nylah still owns Casa Roma/CR Roadhouse.

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

    in GR words... WAKE UP

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

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  6. 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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    2. Yes lol and with how greasy it was, she was right to call it that!

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  7. 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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  8. Often I feel that they just Ramsay spend on makeover the restaurants+advertisings. You can see who respect him, their restaurants still open and other closed!!!!!

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  9. You can tell when someone is a serious alcoholic and Nylah definitely is an alcoholic.

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