Sunday, 25 June 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Blackberry's - CLOSED

Blackberry's Kitchen Nightmares
In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Blackberry's, Plainfield, New Jersey, owner Shelly was successful in catering so decided to move into owning a restaurant. The place was funded by her mother who invested her retirement fund and they are in $200,000 of debt. Gordon arrives and is impressed by the town but not by the bright decor. Gordon orders the collard greens, the smothered pork chop, mac and cheese, chitlins, and red velvet cake. The pork is dry, the pasta is mushy, the greens are bland and the chitlins have a funny smell, he runs to the bathroom and gags/chokes. The meal is not all bad, Gordon thinks Mary’s red velvet cake is delicious.

When Gordon returns that evening, he discovers a dead mouse just inside the restaurant's front door. James, the General Manager, Shelly and Shelly's fiancé accuse Chef Ramsay of planting the rodent. Shelly is cooking in the restaurant but using only a wok and a pizza oven but the diners are not happy with the food. Gordon calls a team meeting and everyone thinks that Shelly having to be in control is a problem. Dwayne starts to tell his opinions of problems but Shelly tells him to leave. Gordon calls him back and highlights the problem is lack of communication. Mary is in tears and Shelly promises to solve the problems. 

Gordon invests in new equipment for the kitchen and puts Mateen in charge in the kitchen. The restaurant is given a makeover and unveils the new menu with updated soul food classics including barbecued pulled pork sliders and fried chicken and waffles.On relaunch night, Mateen takes charge of the kitchen and the customers love the food. Shelly however is not happy to have to give over control of the kitchen and charges out. The relaunch was suceesful but afterwards Shelly refuses to speak to Gordon. Mary gets angry and tells her she is ashamed of her. 

What Happened Next? 


In the following weeks Shelly sees the success and starts to embrace the changes at Blackberry’s. Yelp reviews after filming were mixed.

Blackberry's closed in March 2013,  Shelly posted the below,

“I want to say we just no longer saw room for growth. We were so stagnant. We were maintaining, barely, but not able to generate the clientele we wanted,” Withers explained. “I think we gave it 10 good years. We had a wonderful time and are looking on to bigger and better things.”

Blackberry's was aired on September 23 2011, the episode was filmed in July 2011 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 5 episode 1.


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35 comments:

  1. I agree that the owner's attitude sucked. Her mom was actually very nice, if that was the only redeeming factor. She seemed disrepectful to GR, so I think a lot of watchers probably wanted her to fail.

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  2. Feel sorry for the mother, she was a nice lady. She didn't deserve to lose all of her retirement money.

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    1. Shelly's Mom was FABULOUS. As far as Shelly I pray for her. She would've went far if she would've work with the team.

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  3. After watching Kitchen Nightmares and viewing how the manager and Shelly accused chef Ramsay of planting a mouse, I was so irritated by this woman's attitude. At the end of the show, after all the help from Gordon Ramsay she has an attitude and is not willing to give him the time of day. My dislike for this woman is so big that made me come in here and write how happy I am to hear that her business is closed. You didn't deserved to be successful. Sorry about her mother, she seem like a nice lady.

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  4. I was grateful to have visited this restaurant before it closed while on a business trip to Newark. As in most things, the people were much nicer in real life than on TV. Also, the food was WONDERFUL. Shame it has closed!

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  5. The owner Shelly obviously didn't have a clue and deserved her business to close. That being said, I feel sorry for Shelly's Mom, as she actually seemed to care

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  6. Gordon was a total dick and pushed Shelly's buttons off camera to get more drama into the show. But, I think Shelly could have played her cards better and used this opportunity more wisely. She may have done better to let Gordon have his way and manipulate the shows direction as he pleased but, Shelly is a fighter who has fought hard to get everything she has. So when he goaded her into confrontations and purposely insulted her and her business she naturally went on the defensive.
    Case in point; he did plant the mouse. If you look close the mouse was a white pet or lab mouse. The mice that are normally found in homes running wild and in even your best restaurants are grayish brown and a lot scruffier. Besides who is quick enough to catch one of them ghetto mice with their bare hands. That was a mouse of privilege from Gordon's private stash. I was a huge fan of his before the show but after witnessing the production form behind the scenes I have lost all respect for him and his staff. As for him being an amazing world class chef - that is debatable. I was there when they sampled his new menu items and was very disappointed. Shelly and anyone of her helpers including the dishwasher could cook better soul food than him any day. He should stick to the euro bland crap he's accustomed to. Best of luck to Shelly, Mamma Mary and the rest of the family and crew, may you find success in your next venture. And for all you asses that find delight in someone else's misfortune know matter how they where portrayed on a tv show get a life and stop being such trolls and realize you are only seeing one side of the story.

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    1. Sounds like a reply from someone with a vested interest...

      That mouse was in no way planted or a white lab mouse my any stretch of the imagination. Shelly was a suck plain and simple and did not appreciate the great opportunity she was given (and eventually threw away).

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    2. I'm watching the episode right now & the mouse was clearly dead & was not white but grey or brown

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    3. You almost sound like the loser boyfriend that accused GR of planting the mouse. If others on various review sites talked badly about both the owner and the food, then that's a tell-tale sign that the restaurant was doomed to fail. The episode really honed in on Shelly's lack of management skills, social skills, and cooking skills. She did not care for any of those employees, and it definitely showed when she undermined Mateen. GR put him in charge, and she continued to ruin everything. This closing was her fault, and nothing more. If you are the boyfriend, then grow a pair and step up. Shelly failed, end of story.

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    4. @Malina Jordan....I second everything you said!! Shelly was very disrespectful to everyone. (Shelly reminds me of the person that thinks they know EVERYTHING.... and the person that thinks they are right ALL the time....and the person that CAN'T take constructive criticism at all just to act ignorant and say ignorant things.) And I really believe that Mary was the bright spot on the show, that tried to get Shelly to listen to reason and the experience from GR. It is not everyday that a world class chef would go to a restaurant to get it off its butt and back on its feet. Since it has closed, I am only sorry for Mary, because of the money she invested in the restaurant, and the staff that cared as well.

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    5. YOU'RE IN DENIAL!!

      BTW mouse was dead when he found it, and it wasn't white... it was brownish grey and scruffy. The kind of mice you find in restaurants that are not clean.

      Awesome rant about GR not being able to cook... you sound exactly like the chefs on the show... IN DENIAL.

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    6. If you actually were there when the food was being sampled, that means you were actually working at the restaurant; congrats on your loyalty to your former employer.
      So... according to you, the mouse was a plant. Were the waiters talking about finding mice also plants? Were the chefs talking about how the owner was a control freak also plants? There is a limit to what one can actually plant; the guy secretly whispering to his fiancée that he accused Ramsay of planting the mouse can't really be made up, either. The owner chatting on the phone with daddy while people are waiting on her either.
      As for cooking better soul food, I guess we'll never know will we? Her restaurant shut down. Because it wasn't making money.

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    7. I need to find a way to work the phrase 'mouse of privilege' into everyday conversation.

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    8. You're totally ignoring the part where the employees were talking about all the other mice they themselves have found there.

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    9. While the person writing the original post about the mouse being planted is delusional, and a plant themselves, just to clear something up, a "white" mouse is not about the colour, it is a term about the type of mouse, a "white" mouse means a tame or pet shop mouse, the same term applies to Rats, a black rat purchased from a pet shop is a "white" rat, whoever posted the original probably works in a pet shop now, as the term is only used generally by people that own/breed/sell rodents

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  7. I feel very sorry for Mama Mary, Sous Chef Mateen, and the rest of the kitchen staff. They look like they worked very hard to try to make the restaurant successful. Unfortunately, it seems the owner Shelley seemed like she just didn't care.

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  8. No surprise this restaurant closed. The owner wasn't going to listen to anything or anyone other than what she wanted to hear. You cannot learn when you believe you hold all knowledge. I feel said for mother Mary, who spent her life savings trying to help an ungrateful daughter.

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  9. What a rude owner she did not deserve the help she got

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  10. Shelly clearly has a problem making proper adult decisions but since her maturation level is about that of a teenager it isn't that surprising. It's always a shame when any business closes because of a lack of revenue even if the owner is derelict. Her mother should not have invested her retirement savings in a business like her daughters. I wonder what Shelly will do to support her now that she has lost all of her mothers retirement. Maybe her 30 year old husband can find a real job instead of playing manager.

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  11. Shelly is rude and disrespectful. I am not surprise the resturant closed. feel sorry for mother mary

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  12. Shelly gave way to what was beforehand. This is mine and mine. Reminds me of another previous restaurant... also, on this show. When you have nothing going for you and, what was it... 16 in the kitchen. Owner telling people on staff to shut up? Pretty much as telling as can be... "Do as you are told" even kills. I would love to see the finances of this one.

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  13. Some of these restaurants fail because the owners have a lazy staff a stupid staff or an untrained staff with no leadership. Blackberries and other restaurants like Zekes were lucky to have talented, intelligent staff, especially their chefs and the owners were too stupid and were too full of themselves to let them do their jobs so they were destined to fail and selfishly took away their employees' livelihoods and their families' money. I hope GR helped those talented chefs.

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  14. After watching the episode where gordon gave a complete overhaul to that whole place and even added some expensive kitchen appliances i was so dissapointed in that shelly for completely dissing gordon ramsay at the end there.. So ungrateful, and that fiance of hers, what a spineless twat of a manager that was.. Poor mother, investing so much in a failure of a child..

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  15. I don't know if 60% of these restaurants closes. If so, that still makes it 40% of restaurants that survive. Don't forget that most of the restaurants by the time GR turns up are ať the point of no return. That 40% in my eyes is a success! And Gordon is just lovely...

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    1. Got to remember that many of those 60% close a lot later than they would otherwise and more of them end up selling (possibly realising that owning a restaurant is not for them).

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  16. Shelley is a true idiot for wasting such a blessed opportunity. Because of her behavior everyone is enjoying the spectacle of her failure.

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  17. Wow. Just...wow. Shelley should have stayed with her "hugely successful" catering business. If the food was that great, it would have carried over to the restaurant, no matter what a clueless, childish, ungrateful dictator she is. I feel bad for mother Mary, losing her life savings. I wish that the show would have taken the money they spent redecorating and refurbishing and just given to Mary, for her retirement.

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  18. I just finished watching the episode, for the first time. The number one reason of restaurants fail is that, too many items on the menu, overzealous management and nasty attitudes. I hope Shelly's Mom got her money back. I was going up to Jersey to taste the food. Sweetie Pie see you soon.

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  19. Crazy. Can't say I'm amazed.

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  20. I am the mouse, Herbert Von Skweek. I can absolutely say chef Ramsay didn't put me there. What killed me was some Mac and Cheese I found down the back of one of Shelley's Microwaves. Also, I should let you know it's nice here in Mouse heaven. My next door neighbor is that Mouse from The Green Mile.

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    1. Beautiful, but are you sure you didn't pass from eating the chitlins too?! Love this, the episode itself was a wake up call to any and everyone who believes they're the best. If you were, GR wouldn't be getting an SOS from you.

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  21. One of the staff members did actually say he found a mouse about a year ago (before KN)...SO i don't thibk he planted it

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  22. What happens to all the new kitchen appliances and decor Ramsey paid for??

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  23. What everyone missed is that Mother Mary was really in charge due to her investment. It's sad that Shelly didn't care enough about her mother and father to respect their investment. Forget respecting Ramsey...sure he is a consultant...but it's her parents financial well being she compromised.

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