Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Davide - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Davide

Episode Recap

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Davide, Boston, MA where brothers Frank and Anthony fulfilled a dream by purchasing the restaurant but Frank later found out that Anthony was embezzling money to support his drug addiction. Anthony went off to jail and rehab leaving Frank to run the restaurant. Frank struggled and the business went downhill. Anthony has returned to the restaurant and wants to forget about the past but he doesn't think Frank can. Anthony's wife, Deborah, agrees that Frank has a lot of resentment towards Anthony for what he has done. The restaurant is in about a $1million of debt. Chef Ramsay arrives at the restaurant and asks Anthony when they last updated the restaurant. Anthony admits they haven't changed much since buying the restaurant. Chef Ramsay calls a staff meeting with the family and Anthony explains his previous behaviour and that Frank was left with all the responsibility. His wife Deborah says that Anthony is trying to make things up to his brother but Frank can't move on from the past.

Gordon sits down to taste the food, he orders a Caesar salad, homemade lobster ravioli and Rack of lamb. He is impressed with the menu as the salad is prepared table-side and the pasta is homemade. However, the salad takes too long to make and the lettuce is soggy. He also dislikes the eggplant, which hasn't been cooked properly and tastes old and the rack of lamb had a burnt garlic crust ruining the dish. Gordon finds out from Frank that the eggplant was cooked three weeks ago and then frozen. Gordon asks when the lobster raviolis were made and discovers they were bought in and not home made.

Gordon arrives to watch a dinner service and finds Frank sat in a chair in the kitchen. As orders start rolling in, the kitchen quickly gets backed up. Gordon discovers there is a complete lack of communication and Frank had sent out fish he knew was bad Diners send back most dishes and Frank explodes before walking out leaving the rest of the staff to finish the service. Franks Kim breaks down and explains how her husband feels so demotivated.

The next morning Gordon sits them down together. Anthony tells Frank that he knows he has damaged the restaurant but knows they can both work together to get the restaurant back on track. Kim asks him to put his chef's whites back on but Frank refuses to put the jacket on because he thinks he doesn't deserve to wear it.Gordon asks Frank create a dish he likes to cook, he makes a lemon chicken dish and Gordon loves it. Overnight the restaurant is given a big makeover and it reduces Kim to tears.

For relaunch night, Kim persuades Frank to put on his chef's whites and Gordon reveals a brand new menu including homemade gnocchi and Frank's lemon chicken. Gordon has invited some Boston Magazine critics for the relaunch and reveals this just before service. The food goes out quickly and the critics and customers are pleased. However as the kitchen gets busier the brothers go back to arguing and rushing the food out resulting in an undercooked pork dish being served to a guest. This sends the kitchen back onto track with proper communication and overall the relaunch is a success.

What Happened Next? 

Gordon revisits and Anthony is in front of house and Frank in the kitchen. He has the chef jacket on but his seat is back in the kitchen but only for before and after service. Gordon sits down to try some food and is served a variety of dishes, he loves them and thinks they are delicious. They are getting along a lot better. The business is up 15%. Gordon has a surprise for them and it is Shawn Thornton, a hockey player from the Boston Bruins who had won the Stanley Cup, who awards them with a Jersey. Reviews after filming were mixed, Yelp reviews are mostly 1 or 2 star whereas Urban Spoon and Zagat reviews were very positive. The restaurant closed in January 2014.

Extra Reading


Davide Yelp Reviews

Davide, Once Featured on 'Kitchen Nightmares,' Closes

Kitchen Nightmares Chef Gordon Ramsay Revisits Davide Restaurant With Bruins Shawn Thornton

Read About More Kitchen Nightmares


  1. Netflix is now carrying seasons 4 and 5 (the previous seasons are now unavailable) on its streaming service so I am catching up. This episode was a memorable one, not because of the conflicts, but how he got the chef to believe in himself again. This was a guy who had lost the passion for cooking. He also had a major problem with his brother for stealing money to feed a drug habit from the restaurant. Helping him back on that road to cooking good food was something nice to see. Too bad the restaurant closed just this year. This one would have been worth a trip to visit.

  2. I was really rooting for these guys. Moreso for Frank (frankly, Anthony seemed like a jerk). Wish only the best for Frank and his family.

  3. Fingers crossed for the family and especially for the Anthony. Keep up a good work bro, never never give up ...

  4. With no offence intended you cannot have a guy at the front of house who has a terrible lisp/speaking impediment. Immediately you are feeling wrong by having to ask the guy to repeat himself the whole time. Then a Chef with no culinary experience. McDonalds do better than that.

    1. This place was in Boston, the city that kept electing "Mumbles" Menino as Mayor for 20 years, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that nobody could understand a word he slurred.

  5. Are Davide closed or not now in 2016???


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