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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Monday, 21 April 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Pantaleone's - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Pantaleone's

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Pantaleone's pizza in Denver, Colorado, owned by Pete Fafalios and wife Paulette, who have owned the restaurant since 1985, at first it had rave reviews and local awards. Pete is still living in the glory days and the staff say the food is terrible. Gordon arrives at the restaurant and meets Pete, Gordon asks him where in Italy he is from and discovers that he is Greek. They explain to Gordon that they don't open on Sundays as Pete likes to watch the football and he also takes a nap mid afternoon as he gets tired.

Gordon orders a sausage pizza, meatball hero, a calzone and linguine with clams. He is not impressed with the dining room, comparing it to a hospital. Whilst he is waiting for his food Gordon speaks to another diner and asks them how the food is, it tastes like cat food. Gordon's huge calzone arrives but it is cold in the middle. The pizza is also huge, the crust is thick and it is too greasy. Gordon sends it back and Pete says that it is still the best pizza in the city. The meatball hero is no better, Gordon describes this as a diaper full of meatballs. The final dish of linguine and clams, has canned clams and he empties the juice at the bottom of the dish into a glass.

Gordon goes into the kitchen to tell them about how bad his meal was but Pete is in denial.  Gordon sets up a taste test to see what people think, he has 3 pizzas on offer, one from the best rated restaurant in Denver, one made by Pete and a frozen pizza. Pete's pizza came last with 10%, the frozen had 15% and 75% preferred the best rated pizza. Gordon asks Pete if he would change his pizza and he says no. Gordon takes the family to a family restaurant in Las Vegas. They have a talk, meal and agree to work on their relationship. Gordon gives the restaurant a makeover, he has replaced the wood panelling and the plastic table cloths. The weird artwork on the walls has been replaced with traditional pictures of Italy. Gordon also reveals that he is giving them a van so that they can deliver pizza and the menu has also had a huge makeover.

For relaunch night, Gordon gives both Josh and Pete a pre-service morale booster out the back which includes smashing a plate. The pep talk appeared to work as despite a few small hiccups the evening was a success and the diners were very pleased with the food.



What Happened Next?


Reviews since Gordon has given the restaurant a makeover are good and the locals are pleased with the new menu.


Extra Reading


http://www.pantaleones.net/

Pantaleone's New York Pizza Trip Advisor Reviews

Pantaleone’s New York Pizza Yelp Reviews

Review: After a Kitchen Nightmares wake-up call, change is good at Pantaleone's

FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" gives a makeover to Pantaleone's in Denver



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