Sunday, 28 April 2013

Kitchen Nightmares - Prohibition Grille - OPEN



Kitchen Nightmares Prohibition Grille

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits the Prohibition Grille in Everett, Washington run by belly dancer Rishi Brown, who has no restaurant experience and is losing $100,000 a year. She opened the restaurant in 2008 and hired Chef Rocky, with 30 years experience. He is lazy, has constant cigarette breaks and talks on his phone. Rishi is naive and stands by him even though the customers say the food is bland and disgusting. The servers believe that the belly dancing entertainment makes no sense and the customers don’t like it. Gordon arrives at the restaurant and is confused by a belly dancing flyer. He is even more surprised that the belly dancer that greets him is the owner. Rishi tells him that she decided to open the restaurant over a cocktail and her only experience is 6 months as a server in college.

Gordon sits down to sample the food, Rishi rates the food as 10/10 and Gordon describes Rishi’s outfit as a Britney Spears party. He orders the Jalapeno Corn Chowder (Soup of the Week and last week), Filet Mignon Medium Rare, Collared Greens, Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Pan Fried Oysters. The owner’s lack of knowledge shows when she does not know what Soup of the Day means, she thinks it is the soup they are serving that day. The soup is slop and gnarly, the oysters are tasteless, the filet has a horrible greyness as if it’s boiled, the greens were mush and the salmon served in a pinwheel is f*ing disgusting with no seasoning. He rates the food as a 0/10 but Rishi refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem with the food.

Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service after taping over the word grille on the window. Gordon is surprised to see Rishi performing a belly dance and hides in the freezer to avoid it but the customers are confused and mortified. Food is sent back as under cooked as the steaks are coming back raw instead of medium. Rishi is in denial and does not know what to do when a customer complains and Gordon has to assist her. Upon tasting the pot of gravy they discover it has gone sour. Gordon inspects the fridge and the sin of raw and cooked food next to each other is discovered. Gordon tells the customers to stop eating the food and shuts down the restaurant. Rishi makes more excuses for Rocky and Gordon tells her that Rocky has her hostage. The next day they have a staff meeting and the staff reveal that Rocky is the problem. He goes outside during a busy service and has to be text to come back to do his job. The staff also reveal that he takes 3% of the tips as Rocky had told her this was an industry standard. Rishi breaks down and admits she is scared to make changes especially with regards to Rocky. 


Gordon promises to help her find a new chef. When Rocky arrives for work that evening, Rishi lets him go, he admits  he understands as he has gotten complacent. Gordon gives Rishi a cooking lesson so she feels more comfortable in the kitchen. The restaurant is given a makeover, changing the restaurant from a Grille to a Gastropub. The decor is modern and the bar brightens up the room. He also brings in a new chef Tyler to relaunch the menu and to help recruit and train a new chef to replace Rocky. Gordon reveals the new simple menu and the staff are impressed with the new menu items. Rishi is also given a makeover, gone are the skimpy outfits and she is dressed in a smart suit.

For relaunch night, Gordon has invited local influential bloggers to help spread the word about the new and improved Prohibition Gastropub. The customers love the food and he makes Rishi promise to put on no more dinner belly dance shows!



What Happened Next? 

In the weeks that followed, the new improvements are a big hit and Rishi feels in control of her restaurant again. The new changes have been met with a mixed response, reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor show both regulars preferring the old menu as well as customers loving the new look and new menu items.  The restaurant was renamed as Prohibition Gastropub during filming.

Rocky opened his own restaurant called Ole Soul Southern Creole, reviews are good.


Extra Reading


http://www.prohibitiongastropub.com/

Prohibition Grille Yelp Reviews


Prohibition Grille Trip Advisor Reviews

Gordon Ramsay Transforms Prohibition Grille into an Everett Gastropub

Ole Soul Southern Creole Yelp Reviews


Read About More Kitchen Nightmares

29 comments:

  1. Huh. Never heard of this place, and I go to school there.

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    1. It's on Hewit, between Rucker and Hoyt. I used to live real close to it, but I moved to Seattle.

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  2. I've seen every episode of Kitchen Nightmares from the UK and US, and I have to say Rishi is the biggest idiot that has ever been on this show, and that includes Amy and Samy from Amy's Baking Company. It saddens me that Rishi is a fellow Pacific Northwesterner.

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    1. I know this post is older but I couldn't agree more! (watching replay of the episode now) This woman really thinks she's something doesn't she? The trying to be "oh so sexy" was hilarious. LMFAO. Does she not know how ridiculous she looks? When she comes out in that belly dancing costume she should comp all of her customers meals because they will soon be losing their lunch. I cant believe how delusional she was about the way she thinks she looks & her restaurant.

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    2. I tell you what. Watching Rishi "belly dancing" gave me gastric distress. Also, I think that she had a fling with "Chef" Rocky, who had ex-con written all over him. Apparently, they are still open, but since I don't live in the area, I can't confirm that. Although, my dream has always been to live in the Pacific Northwest but the cost of living just got way too high.

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    3. I have to agree. She was also flirting with Ramsey when he came in. She actually touches him on the shoulder when he orders his meal and you can see he was visibly uncomfortable with it.

      It does continue to amaze me how 'out of touch' some people can be with how they think others view them.

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  3. That blond waitress with 'the hair' is gorgeous!

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  4. She is a disaster.

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  5. We didn't know about this episode but happened to eat there this weekend, and it was FANTASTIC. Great food, warm decor, friendly service. We loved it and would go back.

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  6. Absolutely disgusting! How can any person be that oblivious to unhealthy handling of foods, visually awful texture and colors of the food is a SURE sign of. Freshness which they didn't have.. and the CHEF wanting to serve old nasty food and. Have that under his title but live w that ..its appauling!

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  7. Went here yesterday, had no idea of the KN connection or the restaurant's past. The food was amazing, the ambiance top notch and the food was tasty. We're going back for sure.

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    1. You went there with no idea of the KN connection and the next day you post a glowing review on a KN fan page?

      Sure... we ALL believe that.

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    2. Well if you use your brain, you can come to the conclusion that they probably heard about the connection whilst there and then went to look it up at home.

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  8. All posts by "anonymous" are owner related... seriously ...

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  9. I love Rishi. She's just adorable. I just want to pat her on the head.

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    1. Adorable? Bwahahahhaha. Try a middle aged, uneducated woman trying so very hard to look 20. Hilarious.

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  10. I'm just getting around to viewing this KN recording. Gastropub makes me think that I'm going to get sick. I'm glad that it is still open but I am surprised that it is.

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  11. About the me "Gatropub"how can you be so ignorant.

    You criticize those who do not write perfect English (but even you aren't to be taken as an example) and you do not know a single word, not even worldwide spread like "gostronomy/gastronomic etc., in another language.
    Be ashamed. You better shut up

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  12. Gastropubs have been around in Australia for years, I'm surprised so few people have heard of them. While I'd rather have good old fashioned pub grub or a counter lunch than the inflated prices and over fanciful dishes of the gastropub, some of them are good.

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  13. The curly haired blond is absolutly beautiful!!

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  14. Gastropub sounds like a fancy name for a White Castle that serves beer! LMAO

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  15. Mutton dressed as lamb - and I'm not talking about the food!

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  16. Gordon Ramsey RUINED this place. I loved it before he put his dirty hands on it!!!!! I will NEVER go back!!!!

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  17. Gotta admit, Rocky took his firing like a champ. He admitted he screwed up and let things deteriorate and left without making a scene. Glad to see Rishi and Rocky are both doing well.

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