Saturday, 10 May 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Kati Allo - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Kati Allo


Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Kati Allo, a Greek restaurant in Flushing, New York owned by husband and wife Manny and Christine. It isn't long into the episode that we come to learn that their marriage lays in tatters. Gordon arrives and talks to the couple about how they got into the business and Manny explains that he went for a haircut to the barbers next door and decided to buy the restaurant. They explain that their children have all worked in the restaurant at one time or another and now it is just daughter Evelyn who works there, one day a week as a waitress. They are in huge amounts of debt and have sold their house to finance the restaurant, they also reveal that they are divorcing.

Gordon sits down to try the food during lunch service, he orders the pastitisio, gyro platter and a pork dish. He is not impressed with any of the food, the gyro tastes frozen, the sausage is garlicky and greasy, the pastitisio is a bland pile of worms and is boiling in the middle as if it's been microwaved. Disappointed in the meal he has eaten, Gordon sits down with the staff to tell them about his dining experience. Manny doesn't answer Gordon when he asks if the sausage was fried and instead insists that it's an old recipe, he tells them the food was tasteless and greasy. Gordon decides to talk to Evelyn about the problems, she bursts into tears and claims that the restaurant has ruined her family and her parents have been on the brink of divorce for a long time.

Gordon returns in the evening to observe a dinner service and is not impressed when Manny cuts into chicken on the grill to check it is thoroughly cooked, something an amateur cook might do. A dish arrives in the kitchen via a dumbwaiter and Gordon is surprised to find that it is cooked, which means it was cooked elsewhere. He finds out that there is a kitchen downstairs and there is a member of staff down there microwaving dishes! He goes downstairs to find the woman and the microwave. He also finds the walk-in and more food storage. Inside he finds tray after tray of mouldy food and even worse, jars of food that are over 10 years old! He brings the family into the walk-in and digs out a bucket of a white liquid and insists that they all smell it. Manny is shown the disgusting state of the kitchen and tells Gordon that it's not his fault, it is his staff's fault. Evelyn insists that it is his job to check all this but Manny just says that they need to hire better staff. Gordon heads to their home to see if anything can be done to save their marriage and after a brief conversation they decide to commit to both saving the restaurant and saving their marriage. Gordon returns to the restaurant and teaches Manny and Christine a sea bass dish and then asks them to make the dish together. Overnight the restaurant is given a huge makeover with a more Greek feel. The restaurant is given a lick of paint and all of the furniture, tablecloths and crockery are replaced. When the restaurant is revealed, Christine screams like a banshee repeatedly!

For relaunch night, Manny and Evelyn are running the restaurant together. The kitchen falls apart as many loses track of the orders and storms out yelling in Greek. He soon remembers his new commitment to both the restaurant and his marriage and comes back to the restaurant, turning the service around into a success.



What Happened Next?


Reviews were mixed after Gordon's makeover and the filming of the episode and they closed in April 2014. Kalamaki NYC, a Greek restaurant opened in its place in July 2014. Reviews looks good and it appears regulars from Kati Allo have become customers here too. 


Extra Reading


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Kalamaki NYC Yelp Reviews


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22 comments:

  1. Not a very memorable episode. Focused more on a squabbling couple. Yawn...

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  2. the wifey is pretty decent looking for her age but her sense of dressing and hairstyle is really outdated and grand mother-ish.....she could be a cougar ;)

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    1. cougars don't need clothes, and I'm sure her hairstyle makes little difference when she's in the bedroom ;)

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    2. You people are gross.

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    3. Benji, you MUST be on crack or something else!
      That woman is so hyena butt-ugly that a polar bear wouldn't eat a fur seal she was holding. Whatever you are smoking, can I have some?

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    4. she isnt alive to please you fools

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    5. What do their looks have to do with anything?

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  3. As of May 12, 2015, not one of the Season 7 episodes have aired on BBC America. I never knew that they filmed any episodes after Amy's Baking Company. I figured after Gordon's run-in with that psychotic, horse-faced nutjob and her former low-level gangster husband, he had enough of all the loonies polluting this country. It doesn't sound like I missed much on this particular episode, though I would still like to see the final ones.

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    1. As of June 4th, BBC is currently airing season 7 of Kitchen Nightmares Thursdays at 9pm, with a repeat at midnight.

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    2. You did not miss anything regarding Amy's Baking Company episod. I saw it and the owners are lost in their own physiologicalworld!

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    3. I get the distinct impression that they were.t going to continue after Amy's - but the explosion after the show aired pressured them into doing more. But S7 only featured 6 new make overs.

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  4. This episode aired on BBC America for the first time on June 25, 2015.
    Before I checked this blog after viewing it, I had a good feeling that they were going to be closed even before the episode finished. It was so apparent that no matter how much they changed the look or the food, both of the owners, specifically the dad, had no heart to continue. On relaunch it was lost within an hour. All I can say is I feel bad for the daughter getting pulled into that, but this is a constant theme throughout the U.S. version of the series. Lots of people with big dreams, but bad ideas roping their children into restaurants that they want no part of. For many of the owners, having the kids working there is just a form of slave labor. Most of the kids cannot say no and the parent/owners know that.
    If these people haven't got a divorce, I guarantee that they are two very miserable people.

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  5. I'd throw her a quick one. Too bad the dump closed right after Ramsey came by. Its about 90% of the places closing after Ramsey leaves. Nice work Chef!!

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    1. Little over 60 percent closed actually

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    2. 3 in 4 restaurants close within 1 year of opening. in this statistic, ramsey has a very, very good statistic. you are right: nice work chef.

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    3. They can't be changed just because Ramsey came in for such a short time .. To correct a bad habit that been with them for years is impossible. And I think Ramsey gave them such a high standard they are having hard time to maintain it.. As my thought they might just take advanctage of the show for free renovation.. Recipe...upgrades just for them to sell it in a better price I guess

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  6. Sad that they closed right as this episode was first broadcast. Unfortunately for the restaurants, there's a long time between filming and broadcast. The ones that are really struggling don't last long enough to get the big influx of business that the show can bring.

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  8. Kitchen Nightmares Open or Closed? thanks for your sharing!

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  9. Not a very memorable episode. I want to throw myself quickly ...
    Boring!

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  10. What an interesting and useful story!But It is really Kitchen Nightmares!

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  11. They close and sell them after Ramsey updated them to try and get out of their crippling debt most of them are in before Ramsey.

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