Monday, 24 July 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Kati Allo - CLOSED

Kati Allo Kitchen Nightmares
In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Kati Allo, a Greek restaurant in Flushing, New York owned by husband and wife Manny and Christine, whose 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 at the barbers next door and decided to buy the restaurant. They are in a huge amount of debt and have sold their house to finance the restaurant, they also are divorcing. Gordon orders the pastitisio, gyro platter and a pork dish. He is not impressed with 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.

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 cooked. A dish arrives in the kitchen via a dumbwaiter and Gordon is surprised to find that it is cooked elsewhere. He finds out that there is a kitchen downstairs and there is a cook down there microwaving dishes!  He also finds the walk-in containing trays of mouldy food and jars that are over 10 years old! Manny is shown the disgusting state of the kitchen and blames the staff, whereas Evelyn insists that it is his job to check it. Gordon heads to their home to see if anything can be done to save their marriage and  they decide to commit to saving the restaurant and their marriage. Gordon teaches Manny and Christine a sea bass dish for them to make the dish together. Overnight the restaurant is given a huge makeover with a more Greek feel and all of the furniture, tablecloths and crockery are replaced.

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

What Happened Next?

Reviews were mixed after Gordon's makeover and the filming of the episode but Kati Allo closed in April 2014, days after the episode aired. The closure was supposed to be temporary whilst they made renovations but they never reopened. 

Kalamaki NYC, a Greek restaurant opened in its place in July 2014. Yelp reviews look good and it appears regulars from Kati Allo have become customers here too. 

Kati Allo was aired on 18 April 2014, the episode was filmed in July 2013 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 7 episode 4.


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  7. I have to agree with Johnny. I wonder what percentage of the ones that closed did so after the episode aired to then turn around and sell.

  8. Tis a good story and entertaining but only short term fix. Loved the makeover Greek style the best.


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