Sunday, 23 July 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Old Neighborhood Restaurant - CLOSED

Old Neighborhood Restaurant Kitchen Nightmares
In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, 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 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, the salmon has the same creamy sauce and he is once again unimpressed. 

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 old food and a pair of shoes under the cushions.  The kitchen is 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 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 so the staff 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?


Yelp reviews were mixed after the filming of the episode. The building was put up for sale and sold, Old Neighborhood Restaurant closed as of May 1st 2016, posting on Facebook. 

"It's official, after 36 years of business we have sold the restaurant and will be closing our doors on Sunday, May 1st. We want to thank everyone for your continued support and love over the years. Although it will be a big change in our lives, we are excited to see what the future holds. Come visit us one last time and say goodbye! We will be open our normal business hours which are Friday and Saturday 11AM-9PM and Sunday Brunch 10AM-2PM and Sunday Dinner 3.30PM-8PM. We hope to see everyone!"

Old Neighborhood Restaurant was aired on 18 April 2014, the episode was filmed in July 2013 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 7 episode 3.


30 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. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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. This episode somehow was less disgusting than Dillon's. At least they didn't have flies emerging from salads

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  4. 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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  5. The male owner looks like a jolly John Kramer...

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. What the... this is one episode that I think the owners really deserve success. They were passionate and in love with the restaurant. They also took Ramsey very seriously and professionally to some extent. Very very sad to see that "CLOSED" up there. Man.

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  13. They deserved closure, having a great spirit really isn't enough to warrant running a restaurant. It's a really tough game, and even those with a great front of house experience and five-start cooking are clinging to a tight margin.

    Ramsey did great, and probably did more for the family than he did for the restauraunt. Though I suspect the old fogey felt some level of attraction for the mannequin; it disturbed me greatly.

    The joke about the panné au lait was sorta funny, it felt labored though.

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