Thursday, 28 February 2013

Kitchen Nightmares - Yanni's Greek Restaurant - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Yanni's Greek Restaurant


Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Yanni’s in Phinney Ridge, Washington run by Peter Augustio and his family. The restaurant was opened by his father in 1984 and was passed to Peter in 2007. Initially the business was a success but now the customers are dwindling due to changes in the neighbourhood. They have no medical insurance,  are in debt and the bills aren’t being paid. Before arriving at the restaurant, Peter asks to meet him and tells him that the customers aren’t willing to give the place a try. He also admits he is losing $8-10,000 a month. He tells Gordon that all his family work there but have no dedication to the restaurant. Gordon is greeted by Karen and daughters Alyse and Tariya, Tariya bursts into tears hearing of her parents struggle. They believe everything is outdated but Peter is too stubborn to change. Gordon sees Peter disrespecting his family and the way he talks to/about them is rather disgusting.

Gordon sits down to sample the food, the menu is like an encyclopaedia with 9 specials. Gordon orders the pumpkin hummus, moussaka and the house gyro. He says the decor is hideous and it feels like you are back in the eighties. The hummus is hideous with too much garlic, the moussaka has sweet meat, bitter under cooked eggplant and is greasy and the house gyro looks like a plateful of puke. Gordon confronts Peter and Alyse about their food and they are very defensive.

Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service. The kitchen is in chaos with Peter barking orders at Alyse and they are arguing constantly. Customers send back a lot of food, the meat has gristle and the orzo is overcooked. Gordon inspects the walk in and discovers that nothing is dated. The food is mouldy and rotten and the cardinal sin, there is cooked meat next to raw meat. There are tubs full of disgusting meat that they “aren’t using”  stored in the fridge. Gordon shuts down the kitchen and reduces Alyse to tears. Peter goes off in a shouting tirade refusing to see that ultimately the problem is his responsibility.

The next day Gordon sits the family down and Peter says that the refrigerator wasn’t as bad as Gordon made out and the food he served was fresh. Gordon tells them to take responsibility or he is outta there and that he needs to stop being so negative and to respect his family. The first challenge to the family is to cut out the dishes that aren’t selling. At first Peter refuses to remove anything but in the end realises the menu is too big, they cut down to 21 menu items. Gordon works on revamping the menu items and his team give the dining room a makeover with all new china. Tariya is crying again but this time tears of joy. They also have a new POS system so they can monitor what is selling. Gordon spends time in the kitchen with Peter and Alyse teaching them how to cook the new menu.

On relaunch night, Alyse is running the line and she begins the clash with Peter but Gordon steps in and helps them to work the new system. The customers love the new food and say they will come back to the restaurant. The family is peaceful.

What Happened Next?


In the weeks that follow, Peter adapts to the changes made by Chef Ramsay, Peter and Alyse continue to work well together in the kitchen and Tariya is smiling rather than crying. The menu changes haven't gone down well with some loyal customers, see Yelp reviews, so they have added some old favourites alongside Gordon's menu.


Extra Reading


http://www.yannis-greek-restaurant.com/

Yanni's Yelp Reviews

Yanni's Greek Restaurant - After the 'Nightmare' - The Fledgling's Gourmet's Blog Review with Pictures

How did Yanni’s wind up on Kitchen Nightmares?

‘Kitchen Nightmares’ is a dream for local restaurant 


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18 comments:

  1. Y'know, I think this is another reason why a lot of these restaurants shut down. They listen to their 'regulars', so they quickly backtrack into selling their old stuff again.

    News flash: Your regulars were leading you into bankruptcy.

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    1. Well, it depends. If adding a few dishes from their old menu can let them keep their old customer base in addition to the new one, it *might* be worth it. Especially if they adapt them to work with the new menu.

      We shouldn't forget that there are plenty of people that just love the crappy food they find in certain restaurants, not everyone has GR's palate. If they're willing to pay for it - why not take advantage of that?

      In general, you're right, that seems to be the case quite often, that was already a huge problem we could see in Kitchen Nightmares UK.

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    2. I think the restaurant business is like every business. You find out what sells and sell it for a profit. I am sure that GR's menu is not the be all and end all and very likely needs some changes if not many to suit the particular area in which the restaurant is. The key is to keep a good track of what sells and what doesn't and if you are making a profit on it. If an old item sells well enough and you make a profit then why not sell it. The danger is keeping too many items many of which don't sell but you have to try to stock for them resulting in wasted spoiled food or selling frozen foods. I agree that if people simply revert everything back to the way it was, when they obviously needed some change then they are doomed to fail, but I do hate the constant posts that somehow the only possible thing that could work is GR's menu. Hopefully the places learn how to understand menus and food selling and costing than just taking a given menu and hoping it works.

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  2. I was hoping this one would close. That man is putting his family under way too much stress. I feel sorry for his wife and daughters.

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    1. Ah so you want them all to fail because you dislike Peter, what a sad person.

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    2. So you want everyone to fail due to your hatred of him - sad person - it is their husband/father and they love him, so get a life.

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  3. Wa?..this is a strong family..Peter's intelligent and forthcoming...his wife is a good balance, I'm rooting for them.

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  4. I couldn't stop laughing at that crying girl, she was hilarious. CRYING GIRL FOR PRESIDENT 2016!!

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    1. Haha.! I busted out laughing ever time that I seen her cry as well.!! Then I though imagine if she was my Girlfriend..!!? Holy Smokes.!! U walk in the house after working a looong day 2 her sitting on the couch crying.!! What's wrong honey..!!? She says "the phone rang & I couldn't get 2 it on time.!!" Just imagine what she is like during PMS.!! Hahaha..!!

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  5. I do have to make a comment here. It seems a common thread among the places that have closed are the backtracking into the old menu. Again, if it was sooooo good, why didn't you have customers? There's generally a good reason a restaurant closes, and most times, it's crappy food.

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  6. Wow, Tariya is hot. The crying just makes me want to cuddle her.

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    1. Tell me about it. Come here Tariya, I'll make it all better.

      Though to be honest, I think it would be difficult to be in a relationship with someone that emotional.

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  7. http://socialcapitalreview.org/seattle-kitchen-nightmares-family-now-faces-greater-test/
    Alyse had a drug history.

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  8. he likes the original restaurent and does not want to break the original.

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  9. I get that Tariya is super emotional, but Alyse comes off as super nasty. Barking "stop crying" through gritted teeth isn't going to make her sister stop crying.

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  10. He does not want to break the original.

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  11. Oh my lord, these daughters cry just by having wind blown on their face. Gordon can just say hi and Tariya starts bawling.

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