Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Old Neighborhood Restaurant - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Old Neighborhood Restaurant

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits the Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada, Colorado but as he approaches he spots a strange sight, a mannequin wearing a baseball cap, leopard print dress and leather gloves! Gordon meets with owner Randy who tells him that her name is Fiona and his wife Alexa changes her outfits regularly. Gordon looks around the restaurant and finds the decor to be dated and cluttered. He sits down with the owners to discuss the problems but they conflict each other when asked how often they change the menu and settle with once a year.

Gordon sits down to order lunch and decides to take a closer look around the restaurant and discovers the chairs are all on wheels. The menu is large and in no logical order. Gordon orders the New Orleans shrimp, salmon special and scallops. The shrimp arrives and Gordon is confused by the light colour but the waitress explains that there is cream in the dish, he quickly spits it out. The salmon has the same creamy sauce and he is once again unimpressed. Mid meal Gordon takes a walk around and finds that the wallpaper is coming off the walls. Gordon's scallops arrive and Randy explains that the sauce has chipotle in it. After his disappointing meal Gordon goes into the kitchen to speak to the staff and Alexa admits she doesn't taste the food because she knows what they taste like.

Gordon returns for the evening service and sits on the dirty couch in the front of the restaurant and  finds food waste and on old pair of shoes under the cushions.  The kitchen is no worse and there are meat thermometers in a hole in the wall. The walk-in is one of the worst, every item seems to be cross contaminated. The chocolate dessert is on top of raw meat and the meat juices are 
everywhere. There is mould and rotten food but also a dead mouse. Gordon orders the restaurant to be closed and the service to end. Once the customers have left, Gordon talks to the owners and confesses he doesn't know what to do. Alexa begs him to stay, he agrees but only if they clean the kitchen. They spend the night cleaning the kitchen and throw away all the bad food. Gordon returns the next morning and is pleased with the clean up of the restaurant, however he thinks it could go further. He orders the staff to throw away all the garbage and also to throw away Fiona.

Gordon reveals a new interior, the furniture and table settings have been replaced. The menu has also had a revamp being cut down to around 20 items. The relaunch evening is a success despite a few hiccups. The customers love the new food and decor and Alexa and Randy are happy too.



What Happened Next?


Reviews were mostly good after the filming of the episode. The building was put up for sale and sold, they closed as of May 1st 2016, posting on Facebook. 




Extra Reading


http://www.oldneighborhoodrestaurant.net/

Old Neighborhood Restaurant Yelp Reviews

‘Kitchen Nightmares’ visits Old Neighborhood restaurant in Arvada



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35 comments:

  1. This episode was quite revolting. You had junk from an attic filling the rafters, upholstery that had not been cleaned in years, torn wallpaper, and couches that had last been cleaned when Bill Clinton was president. Worse was the food storage which only comes in to second as the worst shown (first place to Dillons). Totally unsanitary and scary to the say the least. The cook (wife of the owner) never tastes her food and the husband is just out to lunch and responsible for how run down the front of the house is. And the revolting creamed sauces! Who ever heard of a creamed bbq sauce?

    At least Gordon got them on track by getting them to focus on producing good fresh food and a kitchen they could cook in. But I have my doubts. Not with the wife, she has learned her lesson. The husband is the problem. He came across as indifferent, lazy, and too comfortable in how bad the place had become. He is the Achilles heel and could by poor management destroy the restaurant by not keeping it clean, updating the décor etc.

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  2. I'm glad I've turned veggie after seeing the contents of those fridges! How many years has the show been going now? You'd think people would know to do a bit of cleaning before he arrives! Imagine if you'd already eaten in a place like that - would you eat there again knowing that they could have poisoned you, even if a place does have a new start? LOL Love it when he finds the shoes! Expect a lot of bleeped out effing and jeffing from you know who in this one.

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    1. How do you know if someone is a vegetarian? Wait 5 minutes and they'll tell you.

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    2. Being vegetarian has nothing to do with your chances of being served contaminated food, or anything else.

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    3. Even veggies can be contaminated.

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    4. Far less likely as a veggie!

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    5. you're dumb. anything can be cross contaminated.

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    6. Hence the term 'cross contamination'.

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    7. Ignore the morons in this thread. It is great you are vegetarian. I know you did not intend to focus upon it and just made the sentence in passing, but these brain dead morons fixated upon it like a ravaged pack of losers, and so here we are. They are either below eighteen years of age or uneducated filth subsisting on soda and fast foods. Anyway, decent comment (and yes, we both know you did not mean cross contamination cannot occur once vegetarian as these morons assumed. Though worse contamination risk occurs just by ingesting animal flesh).

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    8. You can white knight for vegetarians as much as you want. It still doesn't mean that being vegetarian somehow makes one immune to lazy owners serving food they shouldn't be.

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    9. Vegetables and fruits carry bacteria you nincompoop. In fact you have a greater chance of dying from a bacterial related illness from root vegetables than you do from meat (since they are one of the few sources of botulism that doesn't require canning or some form of human made vacuum). Note that I specifically said dying, not getting sick. Serving rotting and old vegetables carries the same risks as meat. The USDA advises all vegetables with hard covers like potatoes and carrots be scrubbed and soft vegetables and fruits be cleaned under running water to avoid bacterial related illness from consuming them.

      This isn't even going into the fact that vegetables and fruits themselves can cross contaminate meats. Vegetables are a common source of listeria cross contamination in factories and chain restaurants for instance.

      Just because you're a vegetarian doesn't mean you can simply stop following safe food procedures.

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    10. Did you forget that Grasshopper had blood on their mozzarella sticks? Or the rotten tomatoes at Dhillon's or the turnip that fell apart in Gordon's hands? Dirty fridges affect all produce.

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  3. Actually the mom is kind of hot - looks like an older Brittney off 'Glee'. Yummy mummy!

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  4. This episode somehow was less disgusting than Dillon's. At least they didn't have flies emerging from salads

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  5. Your right about that! Dillons is still number one on the KN list of most disgusting kitchens (both UK and US versions). This place is probably 2 or 3 just above Fiesta Sunrise. Then again I have not seen all the U.S. episodes so others are probably on the list as well. But Dillions, now closed, will be long remembered for how unsanitary it was.

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    1. Actually you forgot Seascape

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    2. Yeah, Seascape was pretty bad. But the reason why it got that way is that the grown son who was running it with his mother after the father died had something wrong with him. I am not quite sure if it was Asperger's syndrome or full on Autism, but it was clear that he had a difficult time dealing with any kind of stress or confrontation and his mother excelled at confrontation. I believe that they were lucky enough to sell it and get out from under the financial rock before complete destruction.

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    3. Fiesta Sunrise was definitely number 2 behind this one! Refried beans dished out of a garbage bin, flies crawling all over the "clean" plates, chicken that was supposedly cooked "yesterday" ( which more than likely means 'cooked 5 months ago'). However Dillon's should have just been torched for community health reasons. Old Neighborhood takes 3rd place for most revolting after Fiesta Sunrise.

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    4. Worst Kitchen Nightmares fridges:

      1. Dillon's
      2. Old Neighborhood
      3. Casa Roma
      4. Fiesta Sunrise
      5. Seascape

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  6. Does anyone else think Kristin is kind of cute?

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    1. She was so hot

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    2. Yep, very cute

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    3. it would be nice if for one post some horny millennials wouldn't talk about women on the shows looks. get out of your parents hours and get a date. man;

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  7. The male owner looks like a jolly John Kramer...

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  8. Who cares what they look like?!?! They have absolutely NO BUSINESS running a restaurant. I'm surprised nobody got killed by food poisoning from that place. I hope for the locals sake, that they sold the shop. I wouldn't eat there unless I was attempting suicide!!!

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  9. The food was just nasty looking. It's like she just poured milk & cream over anything regardless. The state of the filthy kitchen was appalling.

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  10. Gordon's BSOD when they told him they had spent a week cleaning before he got there gobsmacked my wife and I. We laughed for hours.

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  11. Seems to me the majority of these shows were about businesses already beyond recovery due to their debt burden... so they get the TV channel in, enjoy $100k of free value gain in refurbishment ...then use that to flog it and cut their losses.

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    1. It seems like the ulterior motive for getting on KN is to get a free remodel and a short term boost in business just to inflate the apparent value of the business so that they can lure in a buyer that will give them more money for the sale.

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    2. It seems like the ulterior motive for getting on KN is to get a free remodel and a short term boost in business just to inflate the apparent value of the business so that they can lure in a buyer that will give them more money for the sale.

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    3. This place was disgusting in the dining room and the kitchen. Not only did this place get the dining room renovated they got $65K in kitchen equipment.

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  12. I believe these people use Gordan Ramsey TKN show for new equipment and fixed up place for sale. 76% close and sell.

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  13. They at least were smart enough to stick to the changes and stay long enough as they do. I believe they did decide to close down due to the difficulties of running a restaurant, not the usual cliches of "They did it to get free decor!", no that award goes to the Zeke's owners.

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