Gordon arrives and is impressed with the décor but is less impressed when he meets Natalie and hears that she hides in the back. Gordon sits down to order food and is shocked to hear he can't have potato salad as the chefs can't be bothered. Gaye brings him a day old chicken wing, he likes the sauce, little else. He also samples the smoked chicken gourmet salad, brisket and cornbread. The salad has rotten tomatoes, the brisket is like rubber and the cornbread like a mouth of sand. He goes into the kitchen and meets a team of chefs but none are regarded as the head chef. Gordon discovers all his food are microwaved except the salad and walks out.
He returns to watch a dinner service and finds the kitchen reheating food despite having a smoker, they are saving food for later rather than serving fresh out the smoker. He discovers plastic tubs of chicken wings that were cooked days ago. Gordon is not impressed and relays this to Natalie and takes her aside to try to get her to step up and lead the restaurant. Natalie watches a staff meeting via camera with them asking for better leadership. Natalie vows to her parents to step up in order to take over as planned. Her first step is to appoint a head chef and she appoints Terrance.
Gordon revamps the menu adding barbecue classics and also introduces Chef Adam, an experienced barbecue chef to be a consultant for a month. On relaunch night Gordon invites some VIP guests, barbecue experts and at first the kitchen begins to struggle and Natalie steps in to help them regroup. While the chefs are getting back on track Natalie takes the VIPs on a tour of the smokers. The customers are impressed with the food from the new menu and the relaunch is a success.
What Happened Next?
The College Park restaurant featured on Kitchen Nightmares closed in August 2013. Yelp reviews prior to the closure of the College Park location were mostly negative, highlighting poor service, a long wait and poor food. In March 2012, the newly opened Downtown Michon's restaurant burnt down in a fire just a few weeks after it's launch.
**Please note the Peach Tree Center Avenue location is still open**
Michon's Yelp Reviews
Michon's Trip Advisor
NOTE ** Michon's opened a new location in downtown Atlanta in February 2012.140 Mitchell St. Atlanta. Unfortunately 8 days after opening its doors it was destroyed by a fire. Please note that our ORIGINAL COLLEGE PARK LOCATION IS STILL OPEN!!! Come see us soon!
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