Kitchen Nightmares Open or Closed?

Kitchen Nightmares Open or Closed

Are your favourite Kitchen Nightmares restaurants open or closed?

In Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay visits restaurants, identifying the key issues, resolving them and giving the restaurant a renovation all within 3 days.

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares / Kitchen Nightmares UK aired from 2004 to 2014, with 7 seasons and 36 episodes.

Kitchen Nightmares USA aired from 2007 until 2014, with 7 seasons and 90 episodes, including revisited episodes, see below for a full Kitchen Nightmares episode list.

People often want to know Kitchen nightmares where are they now? On each post you will find Kitchen Nightmares episode recaps, updates and information on each restaurant that Chef Gordon Ramsay has attempted to save.

You will find out which Kitchen Nightmares are open or closed.

A map featuring all of the Kitchen Nightmares restaurant locations is here

Kitchen Nightmares Closure and Success Rates as March 2023

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The Kitchen Nightmares Closure Rate stands at 81%

The Kitchen Nightmares Success Rate stands at 19%

There are 21 Kitchen Nightmares restaurants still open and 85 Kitchen Nightmares restaurants that have closed.

Click on the link for each restaurant to read more about why the Kitchen nightmares closed. We are currently reworking this post, please bear with us!

Kitchen Nightmares Season 8

10 restaurants
Aired: September 2023 -

Bel Aire Diner is open. Reviews are mostly positive with some diners unhappy about the shortened menu and some food and service issues.

Bask 46 is open. Chef Bobby left the restaurant. Reviews are mostly positive.

In The Drink is open. Reviews are mostly positive and much improved since the show.

Da Mimmo is open. Reviews are mostly positive with praise for the pizzas.

The Juicy Box is open. Reviews are mostly positive with some minor complaints on food and service.

Love Bites is closed. They closed to focus on their health and relationship. They had changed the menu and reviews were mostly positive for the month they remained open.

El Cantito Cafe is open. Reviews are mostly positive with some minor complaints on portion sizes and pricing.

Costa Del Nightmares

4 restaurants
Aired: September - October 2014

Mayfair / Jacks Chicken Shack is closed. They closed after failing to reopen for the 2019 season. Owner John has reverted to his own menu and recipes shortly after Gordon visited.

Le Deck is closed. They closed after failing to open for the 2017 summer season. After filming business was up and Steve had returned to their other restaurant in the mountains.

La Granada Divino is closed. They closed in September 2015, two years after filming, as owners Milan and Gina retired from the restaurant trade.

Quelcuttis Tapas is closed. They closed in 2015, 14 months after Gordon visited with his changes blamed for the closure.

Kitchen Nightmares Season 7

6 restaurants
Aired: April 2014 - September 2014
Closure Rate: 67%

Pantaleone's is open. Business improved 70% after the episode aired and they added a delivery service in 2017. Reviews are positive

Old Neighborhood Restaurant is closed. They closed as of May 1st 2016 after selling the restaurant business, the building was sold in June 2014.

Kati Allo is closed. They closed in April 2014, days after the episode aired. The closure was temporary for renovations but they never reopened.

Mangia Mangia is closed. They closed in November 2014 and Trevor went to rehab, got clean and planned to go to culinary school.

Zayna Flaming Grill is open. The restaurant was sold to a new owner in September 2015 and reviews are mostly positive.

Bella Luna is closed. They closed 3 and a half months after filming in November 2013 and blamed a dispute with the landlord.

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Kitchen Nightmares Season 6

13 restaurants
Aired: October 2012 - May 2013

Closure Rate: 69%

La Galleria 33 is closed. They closed suddenly in November 2018 with no announcement of the closure.

Barefoot Bobs is closed. They closed suddenly in December 2016 with no announcement of the closure. Prior to the closure they reverted to their old menu and brought back the tiki decor.

Mama Maria's is closed. They closed in February 2023 as John retired. John returned some customer favourites to the menu and tweaked recipes. Reviews were mostly positive.

Ms Jean's Southern Cuisine is open. They moved to a new location and reviews are positive. Reviews have improved significantly since 2017.

Olde Hitching Post is open. Reviews are mostly positive with seafood being popular. They stopped doing breakfast in 2019 to the disappointment of many.

Levanti's American Bistro is closed. They closed in November 2013 after Tony decided to retire nine months after the episode was aired.

Sam's Mediterranean kabob Room is closed. They closed in January 2014 as appearing on the show didn't increase customers numbers and more competition had opened in the area.

Nino's Italian Restaurant is closed. They closed in August 2016 due to retirement. Carina said that the remodel was done using cheap furniture that were not fit for purpose.

Mill Street Bistro is closed. Joe renamed the restaurant to Maple City Tavern and they closed in February 2016. Joe sued Gordon after the episode for missing items and damage to the restaurant.

Yanni's Greek Restaurant is open. They returned some of their old dishes to the menu and reviews are mostly positive with the moussaka being a hit with customers.

Prohibition Grille is closed. They closed in July 2017. Chef Rocky opened his own restaurant that had excellent reviews prior to its closure.

Chappy's is closed. Chappy blames the closure on Gordon and has opened and closed a number of restaurants since appearing on the show.

Amy's Baking Company is closed. Amy closed the restaurant in September due to landlord troubles and after much online drama to open an online cookery school. Amy and Samy now live in Israel.

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Kitchen Nightmares Season 5

15 restaurants
Aired: September 2011 - March 2012
Closure Rate: 66%

Blackberry's is closed. They closed in March 2013 as Shelly no longer saw room for growth, were maintaining and not getting the clientele they wanted.

Leone's is open. Gordon revisited, the chefs had been fired and Michael wasn't at the restaurant, he stepped up and reviews are mostly positive. Rose sadly passed away in April 2014.

Mike and Nellie's is closed. They closed in January 21st 2012 and Mike now owns his own catering company.

Luigi's D' Italia is open. The restaurant moved location in December 2017 and opened a catering service. Reviews are positive with praise for the lasagna and pizza.

Burger Kitchen is closed. The restaurant was sold to new owners in August 2011, was rebranded and closed in February 2012.

The Greek at the Harbor is open. Some customers didn't like the changes but reviews are generally positive with praise for the entertainment and food.

Michon's is closed. They closed in August 2013 and two other locations closed - Downtown burnt down in a fire in March 2012 and Peach Tree Centre closed in early 2018. Reviews at the original location were negative after filming.

El Greco is closed. They closed in December 2011 as their debts were too large. Many staff had left due to conflict and reviews after filming were negative with complaints on food and service.

Park's Edge is closed. They closed in early 2014 after their lease ran out and they did not open in a new location. They returned some items to the menu due to customer requests.

Spin A Yarn Steakhouse is open. They returned some dishes to the menu as requested by regulars and reviews are positive with the prime rib remaining a big hit with diners.

Charlie's Italian Bistro is closed. They closed in July 2012 and Genevieve sadly passed away from complications due to epilepsy.

Cafe Hon is closed. They closed in April 2022 after Denise decided to move onto something new. The locals appear to have forgiven Denise for the Hon trademark issue and reviews are positive with the meatloaf being popular among diners.

Chiarella's Ristorante is closed. They closed on the 30th June 2015 after their lease expired and they could not afford an increase in rent.

Zocalo is closed. They closed January 2013 after failing to open after Christmas due to spiralling debts including for taxes. Greg and Mary divorced and he remarried waitress Maria.

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Kitchen Nightmares Season 4

12 restaurants
Aired: January 2011 to May 2011
Closure Rate: 83%

Spanish Pavillion is open. Michael has stepped away from the business and business is up since filming. Reviews are positive with praise for the paella and sangria.

Classic American is closed. The restaurant closed in August 2013 and they continued offering catering services.

PJ's Steakhouse is closed. They closed a few weeks after filming in May 2010 as the takings were low and the debts were high and returned to the construction trade.

Grasshopper Also is closed. They closed in October 2012, was sold and reopened with new management, new staff and a new makeover. The restaurant has changed hands many times since.

Davide is closed. They closed in May 2014 after being sold in January 2014, as the owners wanted to start a farming venture and food tours of Boston North End.

Downcity is closed.They closed on 10th December 2011, after struggling in the decline of the local economy. Aby is now a personal trainer.

Cafe Tavolini is closed. They closed in December 2010, just weeks after filming with an answerphone recording saying that they were closing for medical reasons.

Kingston Cafe is closed. They closed as a restaurant in August 2018, however the space is still used for events and catering functions.

La Frite is closed. The restaurant was sold to a new owner in July 2016 and closed in September 2017 when the owner changed the restaurant to an Italian eatery called Modo Mio.

The Capri Restaurant featured in Kitchen Nightmares season 4 episode 10 and is closed. They closed in September 2019 due to the twins health issues and declining sales at the restaurant.

Zeke's is closed. They closed in October 2012 after taping a notice to the door and the restaurant was sold to new owners. Daryll and Ellen now own LUCA Eats in New Orleans.

Oceana Grill is open. The restaurant was sold to new owners, who have sued the production company over clips showing the poor state of the kitchen as this does not represent the higher standards under their ownership.

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Kitchen Nightmares Season 3

12 restaurants
Aired: January 2010 - May 2010
Closure Rate:75%

Hot Potato Cafe is closed. They closed in August 2010 as their lease was due to expire and a closed sign was put up on the door. Danielle went to college and trained to be a nurse.

Flamangos/The Junction is closed. They closed in April 2011 as Bill and Adele decided to re-retire to Florida. Cheryl moved out of her parents house in 2016.

Bazzini is closed. Bazzini closed in June 2010 and Paul now works as a chef with his son. In a revisit we see Sharyn who had began working full time baking her cakes.

Mojito is closed. Mojito closed in March 2016 and Katalina went travelling, documenting her food journey on Instagram.

Lido di Manhattan is open. They host regular wine tasting and music events that are a huge hit and reviews are mostly positive with a few criticisms on service.

Le Bistro is open. They expanded into providing produce to a local market. Reviews are positive with the beef wellington and mushroom soup receiving rave reviews.

Casa Roma is closed. They reverted to their old menu and briefly rebranded as The AV Roadhouse Restaurant Bar & Grill before reverting back.They closed in July 2017.

Mama Rita's is closed. They closed in December 2010 after abandoning Gordon's menu but the catering business continued for a number of years.

Anna Vincenzo's is closed.They closed in April 2010 and Cece sold the restaurant so that she could spend more time with her children. Cece and Michael had seperated.

Fleming is closed. They closed in October 2010, 5 months after airing after trying a number of different menus and event nights.

Sushi Ko is closed. They closed in August 2009. Lisa believes it was too little too late and Samy blames the show and the local economy.

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Kitchen Nightmares Season 2

11 restaurants
Aired: September 2008 to January 2009
Closure Rate: 100%

Handlebar is closed. They closed in 2009 shortly after Gordon revisited and the restaurant was sold. Bill sadly passed away after a cancer battle in November 2015.

Giuseppi's is closed. They closed in July 2009, blaming the economy and the lack of a liquor license for the closure.

Trobiano's is closed. They closed in October 2008 after the restaurant was seized by the state for not paying their taxes.

Black Pearl is closed. They closed just 4 days after the episode aired with owner David posting one a passive aggressive rant online at Gordon.

J Willy's is closed. They closed in February 2009 after choosing to close rather than cut quality due to increasing food costs.

Hannah & Mason's is closed. They They closed in February 2010 with Chris blaming Gordon's menu and falling customer numbers for both the bistro and catering services.

Jack's Waterfront is closed. They closed in December 2010, presumably due to their debts as reviews were much more positive after the episode was filmed.

Sabatiello's is closed. They closed in October 2008 and Samy told the media that he regretted appearing on the show. He opened another pizzeria that closed due to unpaid rent.

Fiesta Sunrise is closed. They closed in September 2008 after the restaurant was seized due to failing to pay taxes. They had closed the previous year due to failing to pay taxes but paid in full and reopened.

Santé La Brea is closed. They closed in June 2011 after selling the restaurant. Dean retired in 2009 and was living overseas and the restaurant was run by his sons prior to closure.

Cafe 36 is closed. They closed on 18 April 2009 with the owners blaming the economy and Gordon's changes to the restaurant for the closure.

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Kitchen Nightmares Season 1

10 restaurants
Aired: September 2007 - December 2007
Closure Rate: 90%

Peters is closed. They closed in December 2008 and their father passed away in 2009.

Dillons/Purnima is closed. They closed in 2009 and Martin tried to sue Gordon for $3million and to stop the show being aired but it was thrown out of court.

The Mixing Bowl is closed. They closed in January 2009. The restaurant had closed briefly before the filming of the show but reopened for filming.

Seascape is closed. They closed in August 2017 just five months after the episode was filmed and after reverting back to their old menu.

The Olde Stone Mill is open. The restaurant was sold to new owners in 2009 and Dean opened an Italian restaurant that closed in 2015. Dean has had minor acting roles and hosted a hunting show.

Sebastians is closed. They closed in January 2008 after the family moved back to Boston. Sebastian had a small part in a movie and runs landscaping and financial companies.

Finn McCool's is closed. They sold the restaurant in 2009 with the family continuing to work there. They closed in March 2012 after an issue with the lease.

Lelas is closed. They closed shortly after filming as Lela's debts were too high to recover.

Campania is closed. The restaurant was sold in September 2010 and eight days later Joe sadly took his own life. They closed in January 2011.

The Secret Garden is closed. They closed in March 2010 after selling the restaurant, this sale fell through but he found another buyer. He had abandoned Gordon's changes quickly after filming.

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares/ Kitchen Nightmares UK

Aired: April 2004 - January 2009
24 restaurants
Closure Rate: 83%

Note: I have reordered the episodes as Channel 4 have now clarified the official seasons.

The Dovecote Bistro/Martins is closed. They closed in October 2015 as the business was sold to new owners, they had abandoned the upstairs bistro and focused on the cafe side of the business.

Runaway Girl/Silversmiths is open. Justin sold the restaurant to new owners in April 2017 after winning numerous awards and it has changed hands multiple times since and has closed without warning.

Ruby Tates/Loves Fish is closed. They closed in January 2009, due to the drop in the local economy leading to a lack of bookings

The Priory is closed. They closed in 2008 after Scott reverted the restaurant back to serving carvery dinners and abandoning Gordon's idea of a grill house.

The Curry Lounge is closed. Raz sold the restaurant in 2015 and it closed in 2018. In 2017 Raz admitted to £65,000 of tax fraud in relation to the restaurant.

Piccolo Teatro is closed. They closed in April 2007 before Gordon revisited and Rachel became a hooker. India has had a very successful kitchen career after work experience with Gordon.

The Granary is closed. They closed in January 2008 after an arson attack gutted the restaurant. The arsonist was jailed in September 2018 after spending 10 years on the run.

The Fish and Anchor is closed. They closed in 2008, the business listed for sale at £295,000 and was sold in 2009. After the closure Mike planned to move to Italy.

La Parra de Burriana is closed. They closed in August 2008 with Lawrence closing the restaurant suddenly and Lawrence has since changed his name.

The Fenwick Arms is open. The pub was sold in 2009 and has changed hands twice since. Brian and Elaine are now at The Ship Inn in Aldborough.

Rococo/Maggies is closed. They closed in September 2007 and they filed for bankruptcy.

Morgans is closed. They closed as the business was sold in November 2007. Sandy returned to her antiques shop, Laura was an actress with some bit parts and Phil was jailed for theft for stealing cheques.

La Lanterna is closed. Despite an increase in business, they closed in 2006 and the building was put up for sale.

D-Place is closed. They closed weeks after filming in 2004. It went into receivership and the lease was put up for sale before Gordon was able to revisit.

Momma Cherri's is closed. Shortly after filming they moved into a much larger restaurant called Momma Cherri's Big House restaurant. They closed in 2009 due to large debts.

La Riviera is open. The restaurant was renamed to Contrast and has positive reviews. Loic returned to France and opened L'atelier du peintre, which gained a Michelin star in 2011.

The Sandgate Hotel is open. The business was sold by Lois and Peter in 2006 and has changed hands at least twice since.

Clubway 41/Jacksons featured in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares season 2 episode 7 and is closed. They closed in September 2006, shortly after Gordon revisited and they seemed to have given up.

La Gondola is closed. The restaurant closed in 2007 and the hotel remained open for a few more years. The abandoned building was targeted by squatters and vandals and Daniella sadly passed away in July 2019.

Oscars is closed. They closed in October 2005 as Maura sold the restaurant and Lenin went into rehab.

Bonapartes is closed. They closed in 2005 and was sold for £450,000. Sue was left homeless and in debt and both Sue and Tim were disqualified from driving for drink driving.

The Glass House is closed. They closed in March 2014 and reopened as The Fulling Mill. The restaurant is still owned by Neil Farrell.

The Walnut Tree Inn is open. They closed in February 2007 and reopened in December under a new owner. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2010 and every year since.

Moore Place is closed. They closed in 2006 when the owners sold the restaurant after starting to go back to their old ways.

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El Cantito Cafe - Kitchen Nightmares Update - Open or Closed?

El Cantito Cafe Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits El Cantito Cafe in Yonkers, New York.

El Cantito is owned by Julio and Debbie, a brother and sister team.

Julio is the Executive Chef and Debbie is front of house.

They serve their grandmothers recipes from Puerto Rico.

The space became available and they opened the restaurant in 2020.

Debbie funded the opening of the restaurant with her life savings.

Shorty after opening the pandemic struck and they used all their money to stay open.

They were full most services before being forced to close during the pandemic.

The trade has not returned and the footfall has declined dramatically.

They have no staff or a dishwasher.

Julio does cooking and washes dishes, anything that is needed.

Chef E says that the kitchen is mostly broken and the AC system has also broken.

Julio is stressed, especially at the amount of food that is returned.

Debbie can see that Julio is stressed and it frustrates her too.

She can also see that his passion for the business has declined.

Debbie’s daughter Stephanie is a waitress at the restaurant.

She can see that things are tough and her mom had to get another job as money was tight.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant, with high expectations on the food.

Debbie meets Gordon at the door and shows him to a table.

Julio feels under pressure and Gordon notices that the restaurant is warm.

He looks at the menu and reads their story.

Gordon has visited Puerto Rico many times and feels nothing takes him back there.

It is dreary, grey and mostly unfinished.

Gordon orders bacalaitos, shrimp cerviche, empanada and the snapper.

The empanadas arrive in a puddle of grease and is bland.

The bacalaitos is greasy as it has come straight out the fryer.

The shrimp cerviche looks off and the flavour is bad.

The shrimp taste watery as they are clearly frozen.

Gordon thinks that he has fallen out of love with cooking.

Gordon speaks with customers who are not happy with their meals.

One has rice that he is unhappy with and his grandmother is Puerto Rican so he is familiar with the cuisine.

The snapper arrives for Gordon and it has been cooked whole, with no seasoning.

It is overcooked, bland and dry.

One of the customers begins vomiting, shortly after eating his meal in the restaurant.

His chicken dish was raw and bloody.

Gordon orders them to shut down the kitchen before any more customers get sick.

Gordon wants to meet with Julio and Debbie immediately.

He tells them that the lunch was disappointing and made one customer sick.

Julio tells Gordon that he has none of the recipes written down and cooks from memory.

Gordon tells them it was unpleasant and the food was greasy and unseasoned.

Debbie says that if Julio wasn’t her brother then she would fire him.

They tell him that it is due to the lack of money that things have slipped.

Debbie tells Gordon that she has a second job to put money into the business.

Gordon says that love is missing from the food and it is hard to help a chef that has given up.

Gordon returns the next day to see a busy service.

They hold a staff meeting before the service, focusing on communication.

Gordon arrives and goes into the kitchen and is introduced to the staff.

The line is tight as Julio moved the units closer to each other so he didn’t have to go as far.

However it means the chefs can’t pass each other and it makes it more complicated.

Gordon walks behind the unit to reiterate how much space there really is in the kitchen.

The kitchen is silent and Julio has not called out any of the orders.

Chef E has to read the tickets to work out what needs to be done.

Gordon goes to speak to the customers and one finds an unexpected bone in her chicken chunks.

There is also little meat in the dish, almost like she’s been served a carcus.

The customers are dabbing at excess oil on their food with a napkin.

Gordon finds frozen shrimp, soaking in water to quickly defrost.

This ruins the taste of the shrimp immediately.

Julio tells Gordon that he is tired and he knows that what he is doing is sloppy.

Gordon says that he is cooking like a zombie, who doesn’t want to be at the restaurant.

Gordon has invited Next Level Chef season 2 star Omi Hopper to dine undercover at the restaurant.

Puerto Rican chef Omi will be dining in disguise so she is not recognised.

They order some Puerto Rican staples and are bitterly disappointed.

The food is very greasy.

Chef E slips in the kitchen as there is excess oil on the floor.

They admit that they clean the grease traps once every three months.

It should be cleaned once a week.

It is a fire hazard as it is full of grease and leaking onto the floor.

Gordon wants to check out the walkin and goes into the basement.

He finds a tub full of mouldy and rotting lemon.

There is chicken breasts stored on top of plantain and a random pork chop sitting in water.

The standards are well below par.

Gordon takes a tray of frozen ribs into the kitchen, along with the rotten lemons.

Julio says that he lost interest and it is bad.

Gordon tells them to stop taking orders and tell the customers to leave.

Gordon has to keep reminding Julio he is talking about the present and not the past when he did have more passion for the business.

Julio breaks down and says that he wants to make it great again.

Debbie says that she knows his food is good and that is why she invested in the restaurant.

Gordon meets with them and tells Julio that he is not being true to himself.

He introduces Omi to the owners and she takes off her disguise.

She describes the experience as lacking in so many things and the food was so greasy.

Julio says that he loves to cook and Debbie says the fire was there in the first year.

Gordon tells them that there are big changes and invites Omi back the next evening.

The owners have a heart to heart conversation and hug.

Gordons team worked overnight giving the restaurant a revamp.

The dining room has been repainted and is now bright and inviting.

He has installed a new AC system and put up a picture of their mother.

The kitchen has been reorganised and they have been given lots of new kit.

There is a new salad bar and more.

Gordon introduces them to the new menu.

Their original recipes have been written down and updated with a modern flair.

Debbie says that she will quit her second job to focus on the restaurant.

They try the food and love it.

Julio is excited to cook the recipes.

He shows Julio and Chef E how to prepare their new dishes.

On relaunch, the restaurant is busy.

Gordon has invited a number of guests including Omi.

Julio is more enthusiastic and calls out the orders.

Communication is great and the first dishes go out to happy customers.

The customers love the food.

The restaurant starts to fill up and Julio starts to struggle in the kitchen.

One table is missing a dish and Julio starts to lose it.

Gordon tells Julio that he needs to speak with Chef E more.

Julio starts to shut down and clams up.

Gordon calms him down and the service recovers.

The customers love the food and Debbie is elated.

What Happened Next at Love Bites?

Two months later, Julio’s passion for cooking has returned.

The customers have returned.

El Cantito Cafe is open.

Reviews are mostly positive with praise for the food.

There have been a few complaints about portion sizes and prices.

As usual, there are many fake reviews after the show airs.

They hosted a watch party and also are now providing catering services.

El Cantito Cafe was aired on 20 November 2023, the episode was filmed in June 2023 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 8 episode 7.

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Love Bites - Kitchen Nightmares Update - Open or Closed?

Love Bites Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Love Bites in Saugerties in Ulster County, New York.

Love Bites is owned by Tess and Chris.

They are childhood sweethearts, who knew each other when they were younger.

They rekindled when they met in a restaurant where Chris was working.

They are engaged but have yet to set a date due to the pressures at the restaurant.

They had a head chef that they had to let go and have been unable to find another so Chris is in the kitchen.

Chris suffers from anxiety and is struggling with cooking in the kitchen.

Tess says that the restaurant is destroying their relationship.

They argue constantly and Chris shouts at Tess often.

Line Chef Roberto says that there is a lot of tension and Chris is overwhelmed.

His mom Donna helps at the restaurant.

Tess tries to help in the kitchen and Chris won’t let her, talking down to her.

Donna says that the restaurant has made her not recognise her son and says he is no longer the gentleman she raised.

Even on their days off, Chris is focused on the restaurant.

Ginny is Tess’ mom and she doesn’t think their relationship is going to make it without changes.

Chris worries about losing Tess.

They are $200,000 with debt collectors chasing them and struggling to pay staff.

Their house is leveraged against the business so they will lose their home if it fails.

Gordon arrives and thinks that the area the restaurant is located in is gorgeous.

He goes behind the scenes into the control room to watch what is going on behind the scenes.

Gordon sees the way that Chris talks to Tess and she breaks down after the way he speaks to her.

Gordon decides to go into the restaurant and meets Tess.

He sits down and looks over the menu.

He hears Chris and Tess arguing.

Gordon orders a coffee and thinks that the menu is all over the place.

He orders the spicy breakfast salad, crab cake benedict and French dip.

A dish is broken in the station and Chris rants about the situation.

Tess tries to help in the kitchen and Chris tells her to get away.

Chris starts to dry heave as he prepares Gordons food.

Tess tells Gordon that both of their moms work at the restaurant.

She also tells Gordon that she has health conditions including EDS and she has had 25 surgeries.

Tess goes into the kitchen to speak to Chris about Gordons food and once again they argue.

The spicy breakfast salad is really bad, with no seasoning and terrible eggs.

Chris throws a bun at Roberto that he says is three days old.

The French dip tastes okay but there is so much bread and so little brisket.

It is clear to Gordon that Chris is just banging food out.

The crab cake eggs benedict is too greasy as it is deep fried.

Gordon meets Tess outside and she tells him that Chris is shouting at her.

She didn’t want the business but it was too much for Chris so she had to quit her job.

Tess says she isn’t sure if she even wants to marry Chris anymore but is only there to try and save the restaurant.

After the lunch rush, Gordon meets Chris and gives feedback on his experience.

He calls it the most toxic restaurant that he has ever been to and asks Chris if he wants to be in the kitchen.

Chris admits that he doesn’t want to be in the kitchen.

Gordon confronts him about his behaviour towards Tess, especially with her medical issues.

He tells him that if the women weren’t his family then he would have no staff as they wouldn’t put up with his behaviour.

The next day, Gordon meets Chris’ mom Donna to talk about Chris.

She tells him that Chris is overwhelmed and Gordon tells her that she is helping his bad behaviour.

Gordon wants to observe a service from the kitchen.

He notices that the vegan French toast is cooked on the same griddle as meat and eggs.

The bacon is back on the griddle seconds after Gordon has told him off for it.

They are behind and there is now a 30 minute wait for food.

The line is so small and Gordon questions why the menu is so big with such a small place.

Chris tells Tess that there is no steaks and they argue about the situation.

Both of the moms baby Chris and Tess struggles with that as she feels like no one cares about her.

Things get worse in the kitchen with missing items and they continue to argue.

Gordon talks to Tess mom Ginny outside and he tells her no restaurant is worth what it is doing to Tess.

She blames all of the issues in their relationship on the restaurant and it is a problem in their relationship.

Gordon calls a staff meeting and tells Chris there is a vortex of negativity.

There is a divide between the front and back of house.

It is clear that the owners need a break from each other and the restaurant.

Gordon tells Ginny to take her daughter home with her as it is not healthy for anyone.

He tells her that he will sort the restaurant out.

Gordon tells Chris that he is about to mess his life up if things continue the way they have.

Chris says that he wants to be better and get the help he needs.

Gordon and Chris hug before he leaves for the day.

The restaurant is renovated over three days, giving them both time off from the restaurant.

Gordon takes Chris to meet with a professional to talk through the issues he has.

Chris says that he feels hostage to the restaurant and he realises he needs a different approach.

Chris arrives at the new and improved Love Bites, whilst Tess takes some time off.

The menu has been significantly reduced with the aim that it can be cooked without him so he can take time off.

They taste the new menu and love the new food.

Gordon has brought in front of house manager Emily to train the staff.

On the relaunch, Chris is feeling good and Gordon reminds them to share the load.

The service is off to a great start with Chris staying calm and the customers loving the food.

Chris starts going back to his old ways and the kitchen begins to struggle.

Gordon tells them to slow down and Chris isn’t listening to Gordon.

Chris throws a rag at the side and it hits Gordon.

Chris is letting his anxiety get to him and food is starting to be returned with mistakes.

Chris constantly worries that he is behind but they are working at a good pace.

Gordon takes him outside for a time out and tells him that he is rushing for no reason.

He is putting himself under pressure when he doesn’t need to.

Tess and her mom arrive for dinner to see the new look and new menu.

She loves the new look and the new menu.

Gordon sits with Tess and she says that she feels amazing after some steps away.

He sends Chris out into the restaurant to see Tess.

Gordon sits with the owners and wishes them luck but tells them they need time to breathe.

What Happened Next at Love Bites?

Two months later, it is revealed Chris and Tess had decided to sell the restaurant to focus on repairing their relationship.

After filming, they returned some customer favourites to the menu.

Love Bites closed in July 2023.

They closed due in part to their health struggles.

Reviews prior to the closure were mostly positive.

It later emerged that the sale had already been finalised by the time the episode was filmed.

The new owners have undone all of the changes made to the decor during the episde.

The Town Cafe opened in its space and reviews are excellent.

Love Bites was aired on 13 November 2023, the episode was filmed in June 2023 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 8 episode 6.

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The Juicy Box - Kitchen Nightmares Update - Open or Closed?

The Juicy Box Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits The Juicy Box in Brooklyn, New York.

Juicy Box is owned by Jacques Sylvester.

It is a family run Haitian restaurant, located in Little Haiti.

He opened a chain of businesses including the Waffle Box and the Smoke Box.

In 2019, he handed the business over to his son Naqam aka Q, when he was just 21 years old.

Jacques also brought his daughter Napalya into the business to help run it.

The business started to decline and his stepmom Tamara brands it a disaster.

Napalya says that Q enjoys the bar culture side of the business.

He has a party life with many friends and his friends are constantly at the restaurant.

Q is struggling with paying the staff and the admin side.

He often has to go to the market to pick up ingredients that they have run out due to inventory issues.

Chef Stef says that no one takes Q seriously as an owner.

The siblings argue with each other during the service.

The owners have invested $1million into keeping the restaurant afloat.

If they lose this business, then they fear the empire they have built will fail.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant but it is 10am and they are closed.

He goes for a walk around the neighbourhood and thinks they are losing the morning trade.

Gordon returns at 2pm and they are finally open.

Q and Zappy are excited when Gordon arrives.

Gordon orders a juice but the juicer is broken and instead he is served a smoothie.

Gordon orders some food or tries to order.

He is given a list of menu items that he can’t order as they don’t have the ingredients.

Gordon orders chicken wings, jerk chicken tacos and Haitian rice with grilled salmon.

Stef tells her that they now have snapper and she says that this will make him happy.

Gordon gives Zappy a high five upon hearing that they have snapper now.

After 30 minutes, Gordon has not received any of his food.

Q took the food to wrong table and leaves Gordon waiting for food.

Gordon asks Zappy for something to eat and she checks on his food.

Zappy is not happy that Gordon is being kept waiting.

Stef says that Q has no control or leadership between the kitchen and the floor.

The chicken wings aren’t exciting and taste like store bought wings.

The kitchen staff start to argue as the server is clearing the sink whilst food is sat waiting to go to customers.

Gordon has seen enough and goes into the kitchen.

He ends up bringing his own food back to his table.

Zappy says that everyone is under pressure and they all need to do a shot.

The tacos are lacking Haitian flair, it is ice cold and dry.

Gordon sees Q doing shots at the bar and think it is like the kids have been left home alone.

The salmon is dry and a mess.

Gordon asks for a metal knife and fork as he has snapped the plastic ones he was given.

He questions how this works when customers order steak and other proteins.

Q says that they give the customers plastic and hope for the best.

The snapper tastes fresh and is seasoned nicely.

The seasoning is a unique blend named after Qs grandfather.

Gordon tells Q that he is concerned with the pace of the restaurant.

He is shocked that the juice machine is broken, especially as this is their USP.

Q tells him that the machine has been broken and Gordon suggests changing the name.

He tells Q that he arrived in the morning to find them closed.

Q tells Gordon that he is recharging in the morning and has a shot to get the day going.

Zappy and the bartender argue about a cocktail, with the bartender telling her she is using the wrong liquor.

Jacques arrives at the restaurant and sits with Gordon.

He tells him that the first two years were great, selling juice with a strong customer base.

Jacques tells Gordon that Qs lifestyle has changed.

He used to go to the gym and they now open at 2pm.

They had previously opened at 7am and have lost thousands of dollars due to losing the early trade.

He also says that Zappy has got caught up in the drinking and party culture at the restaurant.

Jacques says that they only have 60 days to turn it around as it is draining his other businesses.

Gordon meets with Zappy and he tells her that he is upset for her father.

She defines her role as a helping hand but she enjoys the party more than the work.

Gordon asks her if she is in or out.

Next, he meets with Q and asks him if he really wants the business.

He recognises that he needs a solid team and he feels like he doesn’t have that.

He describes his relationship with his sister as a battle.

Gordon tells him it is a business and not a party house.

He also tells him that he has 60 days to turn it around or his father will sell it.

Q looks shocked at hearing that his father will not continue to prop the failing business up.

Gordon arrives to see an afternoon service.

Zappy puts the tickets where she feels like and no one calls the tickets out.

One customer receives her entrée before she has received her appetiser.

Stef couldn’t tell from the ticket, whether it was an entrée or appetiser.

Another diners meal didn’t come with grilled chicken as the ticket didn’t have chicken on it.

There are no systems in the kitchen or dining room and everyone is meddling.

Gordon sees that a container of sauce is off and goes to see the walk-in fridge downstairs.

He discovers that the fridge doesn’t work and hasn’t for 6 months.

The fridge is warm and the produce is rotting due to the heat and there are flies everywhere.

The fridge is running 30-40 degrees warmer than it should be.

Gordon meets with the staff and tells them that they have no standards or systems.

He tells them that is way further gone than he thought and run by a bunch of jokers.

Q is casual about it and says he will keep it rolling as it has been.

Gordon asks everyone except Q and Zappy to leave the meeting.

He also asks for the cameramen to leave.

He lays into them hard and tells them they can’t party there and run a business.

Gordon tells them he is more concerned for their dad.

Zappy says she could be in school or elsewhere she wants them to grow.

Gordon isn’t convinced they deserve his help and it would be wasted.

He needs Q to have hunger and discipline for the business.

Gordon tells him that he needs to step up, he will stand by his side but he won’t carry him.

The next day, Gordon takes Q to a local gym for a workout and to motivate him to start early.

Back at the restaurant, Stef and the staff have been deep cleaning the restaurant and learning the new recipes.

The restaurant has also been revamped with a brighter colour scheme.

The bar has been transformed and there is a new juicer.

Gordon offers them a fresh pineapple juice.

He has also fixed the walk-in fridge and bought them new cutlery.

Gordon introduces the new menu and they love the food.

He hangs a photo of Pappy on the wall and they have a video call with him.

On relaunch, Gordon has invited a VIP guest, Haitian Times journalist Gary Pierre-Pierre.

The food is a big hit with the customers.

Gary describes the dish as elevated and is impressed.

Q has stepped up as a boss.

The kitchen begins to struggle with the number of orders.

Customers have been waiting 20 minutes for subs.

Communication has broken down in the kitchen.

Stef pulls it back and food starts leaving the kitchen again.

Jacques has faith that Q won’t go back to his old ways.

After the service, Gordon introduces Reuel Vincent, a Next Level Chef finalist, to mentor them.

What Happened Next at The Juicy Box?

Two months later, Q has stepped up as a leader.

He is still adjusting to the early hours but is looking forward to taking it to the next level.

The Juicy Box is open.

Reviews are mostly positive.

Some diners have reported salty meals and spotty service.

As with every other episode, there are a number of fake reviews.

The Juicy Box was aired on 06 November 2023, the episode was filmed in June 2023 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 8 episode 5.

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Da Mimmo - Kitchen Nightmares Update - Open or Closed?

Da Mimmo Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Da Mimmo in Dumont, New Jersey.

Da Mimmo is owned by Melissa, her husband and her three sons.

Melissa is a retired police officer and they opened the restaurant in tribute to her husbands uncle.

Melissa doesn’t know anything about restaurants and has no experience.

Her son Antonio is keeping the place together.

He was working construction but left the trade to learn how to make pizzas.

It was always his dream to own a restaurant and has passion for the business.

He and his mother are keeping the restaurant together and he doesn’t want to let down his family.

Francesca is the head chef and is not easy to work with.

She doesn’t take criticism well and communication is poor.

Sons Vito and Vincent are not serious about the business in any way.

They even admit that they do nothing and do social media and watch movies.

Her husband Vito Sr is still an active police detective and is working double shifts to support them.

He is still investing money into the restaurant and they are $500,000 in debt.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant but Melissa wants to speak with him before he goes into the restaurant.

He calls her and tells her that he is outside and she gets into his car.

They talk about the restaurant, it was supposed to be a family restaurant but only their oldest son is pulling his weight.

The other two come in to cause chaos and end up stressing out their mother and brother.

Melissa wants them to take over the social media and they won’t even do that for them.

She has been covering the payroll out of her own pocket for the last 2 to 3 weeks.

Gordon enters the restaurant and thinks the graffiti wall is a monstrosity.

He notices there are only around 12 customers in the restaurant.

Gordon looks at the menu and orders from Giuseppe, who glides around the restaurant.

Gordon orders the minestrone soup, the Ortolana pizza, calamari and meatballs in a bread bowl.

The minestrone soup is being made from scratch so Antonio is told to hold off on the pizza.

After 30 minutes, the soup arrives and the pizza is fired.

Gordon says that the soup is quite nice but the pizza has terrible mozzarella.

He can tell that it isn’t fresh mozzarella.

The calamari tastes like elastic bands and is bland, with uncooked cherry tomatoes.

The bowl for the meatballs is burnt and he calls it an implant gone wrong.

The meatballs are cold and he tells Giuseppe to put his finger in and it is ice cold.

Francesca isn’t happy with the feedback but she doesn’t like having to use frozen ingredients.

She feels trapped with what she has to use to create the dishes.

Gordon asks to meet all of the staff in the restaurant.

He calls it a nightmare with long waits for food and terrible food.

Francesca doesn’t like the food that she cooks as she usually cooks with fresh ingredients.

Melissa says that they don’t have the credit or trust with vendors for fresh ingredients.

Antonio buys the ingredients and with all his other roles he is drowning.

There is no money in the cash register and they are throwing food away.

Melissa admits that she knows nothing about the restaurant.

Gordon asks to meet with Melissa and Antonio and tells them they have their work cut out.

The restaurant stresses her out and they don’t have the people coming in.

The brothers will occasionally post on social media but they have millions of followers.

Antonio is there six days a week and can’t remember when he last had a break.

He is committed to the restaurant and is under a lot of pressure.

Gordon blames Melissa for the pressure that he is under.

She goes into the kitchen and hugs her son.

The evening service is busy after Gordon has invited the local.

Gordon wants to observe the service to see where their issues are.

Melissa phones Vito and tells him to come to the restaurant.

During the service, the customers are left waiting for food.

The kitchen is in chaos and there is too much smoke in there.

Steaks are burning on the grill and Francesca is shutting down.

She feels under pressure with Gordon walking around.

Vito and Vincent arrive at the restaurant, mid service.

They order food and drinks at the bar.

Gordon tells them to stop making their order as the customers are more important.

They tell Gordon that they are doing social media and collectively they have 3.5million.

The restaurant itself has just 800 followers and they claim it is hard to promote the restaurant.

Gordon lays into them about how they could fill the restaurant easily with promotion and instead they mess around.

Vincent is wearing a $35,000 watch and Gordon tells them the truth about the financial situation.

They are shocked to discover that their parents are $500,000 of debt.

Gordon goes into the fridges and finds old product.

Francesca claims that they clean the fridge every day but the mussels are dead and the produce is rotted.

Gordon also finds slimy, rancid chicken breasts.

He asks Francesca if she has given up and decides to shut down the kitchen.

After the service, Gordon sits down with the family.

He tells the youngest brothers to stop smirking and tries to get them to see how upset their mum is.

Gordon tells Melissa to either get the boys to help or they need to leave.

Gordon is going to train Antonio and create a new menu.

The restaurant will be given a revamp.

The younger brothers eventually come around to how serious the situation is and how stressed their mum is.

They are quite upset at being kept in the dark.

The next day, Antonio is taken to Razza to meet Dan, one of the country’s best pizza makers.

They learn that the best ingredients aren’t as expensive as they think they are.

The revamp is complete and the family are invited in to see the changes.

They think that the restaurant looks great and they see the new menu.

The family sample the dishes and are blown away by the taste.

On relaunch, the restaurant is busy with locals and former customers.

The food leaves the kitchen quickly and the customers love the food.

The food slows down and Gordon tries to turn it around.

Food is left waiting in the kitchen and Gordon sends Antonio into the kitchen.

He takes control of the situation and food starts leaving the kitchen again.

The customers love the food and promise to return.

The brothers promise to help more and will promote the restaurant on socials.

Gordon meets with the family and is pleased with the restaurants turn around.

What Happened Next at Da Mimmo?

Da Mimmo is open.

They regularly hold events in the space.

Their social media doesn't appear to have taken off as much as Gordon had hoped.

Reviews are mostly positive with praise for the pizzas.

Da Mimmo was aired on 16 October 2023, the episode was filmed in June 2023 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 8 episode 4.

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In The Drink - Kitchen Nightmares Update - Open or Closed?

In The Drink Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits In The Drink in Wayne, New Jersey.

In The Drink is owned by Jorge and Solange.

The restaurant is located at a country club and golf course.

They have been together nearly 20 years and bought the restaurant in 2007.

80,000 golfers use the golf course but the restaurant is dark and gloomy and not attracting the golfers.

There are numerous complaints about the food with lots of food being thrown away.

They are in debt and Jorge has taken out loans that Solange doesn’t know the full details about.

Jorge does everything in the restaurant and server Nadia doesn’t think that Jorge runs the restaurant correctly.

Nadia is essentially a manager and runs the restaurant when Jorge is not there.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and can’t find the restaurant as there is no sign.

He thinks that the place looks closed as he arrives and thinks it looks bleak inside.

He is greeted and seated by Sam, who tells him that he hasn’t come in the back door of the restaurant.

Gordon orders the combo platter, Caesar salad, shrimp, smokehouse burger and the open steak sandwich.

Gordon sees entire plates of food being returned to the kitchen and asks what the issues were.

Sam doesn’t know where the owner is as he just turns up when he wants.

Gordons food is taking a long time as they only have one fryer and two baskets.

He believes the timings may be an issue as the golfers won’t want to wait for food.

Whilst he is waiting, he goes to the other tables to find out how their food is.

One of the diners found a hair on the cheese and it is returned to the kitchen.

The combo platter looks like a mindwarp from the 80s and it is all fried.

The chicken is clearly frozen.

The Caesar salad is acidic, bland and store bought.

The smokehouse burger is greasy, has a burnt bun and the burger is overcooked.

The open sandwich is covered in something that looks like a melted condom.

Gordon thinks that the food looks like cafeteria food.

After an hour Gordon hasn’t seen the owner and it turns out he has been in his office the whole time.

Gordon meets with Jorge and tells him the course is beautiful but the restaurant looks like a funeral home.

He tells him that the best thing about the restaurant is the service.

Gordon tells him that the food was terrible but Jorge doesn’t think it’s that bad.

Jorge continues to be in denial and they don’t have a manager as they can’t afford it.

Gordon tells them they need a manager and Jorge says that he is on site 7 days a week.

He wants to talk to the kitchen team and meets chef Carlos.

Carlos has not been trained and is at the restaurant 7 days a week.

The servers either follow Nadia or follow their own lead.

Gordon thinks that they should be fully booked over the summer.

He asks to meet Jorge and Solange the next morning after spending the evening going over the books.

Gordon meets with the owners and asks Solange if she is aware of how much debt they are in.

She tells Gordon that she doesn’t know the full scale of the debts and she asks for the amount.

She is shocked and angry to learn that it is close to $250,000.

Gordon wants to see a service to find out where the issues are.

They also offer a golf cart drinks service.

He is shocked to learn that they can earn $2000 a day by selling drinks to the golfers from just one cart.

Gordon takes a cart out on the course to sell drinks to the golfers.

One of the golfers ask if they have any food and they say that they would love a wrap, sandwich or salad.

You can see the cogs turning in Gordons head and he asks other golfers if they would like a wrap and they would.

Jorge realises that there is a gap for them to be offering more from the carts.

The dinner service is underway and Gordon is surprised to see Jorge expediting.

He asks the servers if he usually does this and they say no.

Nadia says that Solange is great at expediting but she only usually does the weekend and it is not that often.

Carlos is nervous and makes mistakes, including cooking salmon next to meat on a meat grill.

Food is sent back to the kitchen, the sliders are too salty and the refired burger is raw.

Jorge is causing chaos in the kitchen by rearranging the tickets and failing to see undercooked dishes.

Carlos attempts to put an undercooked salmon dish into the microwave.

At halfway through the service some of the ticket times are over an hour.

The refired salmon looks terrible and Jorge isn’t happy with it but still tries to send it out.

Carlos looks exhausted and tells Gordon that he isn’t feeling well.

Gordon takes him outside and tells him to sit down and drink some water.

He puts owner Jorge in his place in the kitchen, who struggles in the role.

There is a hair in the nachos and the customers aren’t happy about the wait for food.

Gordon says that he is only staying for the staff and Jorge is delusional.

Gordon can’t believe that they are struggling with three chefs and Jorge thinks it is going great.

The ribs are dry, the salad is swimming in dressing and the chicken is dry.

Gordon has had enough and shuts down the kitchen.

Gordon checks in with Carlos and tells him that he must take a break.

He wants to teach Carlos and promises a menu that he can cook and that he has his back.

Gordon talks to Jorge about the restaurant and calls him out on the issues at the restaurant.

Jorge tells Gordon that he doesn’t listen and Gordon tells Jorge that he is deluded.

They argue and Gordon just wants him to listen and not ignore the issues.

They meet with the staff.

Gordon says that he isn’t going to stay and butt heads with the owner and says that he is done.

He asks Jorge whether he is in or whether he is out and he wants him to stay.

The next day, Gordons team have worked overnight on the renovation.

He has spruced up the golf carts to maximise the revenue that they can make.

They will also be offering food including a Caesar salad wrap.

Gordon has added a sign to the outside of the restaurant and it has been given a makeover inside.

It has some personality with added decorations and colour.

The menu has been shortened and simplified and the combo is gone.

They sample the menu and love the new food.

Gordon teaches the chefs the new menu and they are happy to be working with fresh ingredients.

Jorge will be removed from the kitchen and will be working the bar.

Solange will be expediting and running the hot plate in the kitchen.

Gordon has invited local celebrities to the relaunch, including golfers and influencers.

On relaunch, Jorge walks around the restaurant like a bouncer.

The kitchen is on track and the plates are coming back to the kitchen empty.

The customers love the vibe and food.

Solange is doing great in the kitchen.

Jorge keeps neglecting his duties and is meddling in the kitchen.

Gordon puts him in the time out chair.

The team functions better with Jorge out of the way.

Carlos has had an accident and cut the top of his finger off.

After some medical attention he is ready to carry on.

Jorge starts to improve his customer service.

Jorge speaks with Nadia and asks her to become the General Manager.

She agrees to take on the role.

Both the golfers and regulars love the food and new look of the restaurant.

What Happened Next at In The Drink?

Two months later, the dining room continues to be busy.

The new drinks cart is out every day, helping Jorge to repay his debt.

Jorge has taken a step back and Carlos has been able to take some time off.

In The Drink is open.

Reviews are mostly positive with a few complaints about service.

In The Drink was aired on 09 October 2023, the episode was filmed in July 2023 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 8 episode 3.

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Bask 46 - Kitchen Nightmares Update - Open or Closed?

Bask 46 Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Bask 46 in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Bask 46 is owned by Steve and Sandi.

The family run gastropub restaurant has only been open for 6 months.

They have been together for 25 years with three children.

They own other bars and Steve managed the bars for over 20 years.

After owning other successful bars they decided to invest in the biggest restaurant they have ever owned.

Steve takes it personally when diners don’t like the food.

They have maxed out their credit cards and Steve has invested over $1 million in the restaurant.

Steve thinks the biggest problem is chef Bobby.

He is a family friend but he has hired a team of cooks.

Bobby describes himself as the culinary gangster.

He is untrained as describes himself as coming from the school of hard knocks.

He has a bell in the kitchen that gives bartender Brianna nightmares.

Bobby doesn’t criticism well, especially for those who don’t know what they are talking about.

He doesn’t think that he is the problem at the restaurant.

Steve’s son can see that his father is struggling, especially with the bigger payroll at the restaurant.

Steve gets stressed and goes to his “office” in attic.

He ended up in hospital in a diabetic coma due to the stresses of the restaurant.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and is impressed with the size of the restaurant.

He isn’t impressed that they don’t have menus and the QR code for the menu doesn’t work.

Gordon can hear shouting in the kitchen as he looks at the online menu.

He orders the loaded mac and cheese, wings, cheese steak egg roll and tacos.

Gordon can see customers taking away huge amounts of food in takeaway boxes.

All of the food comes garnished with a stalk of chive.

The mac and cheese is terrible with raw onions and a store bought sauce.

The wings are a disaster, they are overcooked and different sizes.

The egg roll is weird and is covered in cheese sauce.

The tacos are greasy and overloaded, the portion is huge and overwhelming.

Chef Bobby is offended as the food is returned and sends out passive aggressive dishes and a business card to Gordon.

Gordon meets with the owners and gives them feedback on the lack of a menu and the food.

They are losing $15,000 a month with Bobby and 4 cooks.

Gordon is astounded that they are paying Bobby $100,000 a year.

The owners are there 7 days a week but aren’t paying themselves a salary.

Gordon wants to meet the kitchen staff and gives his feedback on the food.

He isn’t happy about the portion sizes and the takeaway boxes.

Bobby describes the cheese sauce as partially home made, it is bought in and he adds cheeze wizz.

Bobby doesn’t know any of the costings or inventory information and they are blaming each other.

Steve and Bobby argue about the responsibility for the issues.

Gordon wants to see a dinner service.

The diners are directed to the website and aren’t impressed by the lack of menus.

Food is returned to the kitchen, the nachos are soggy, the taco is raw and the potato is raw.

Steve is overseeing the kitchen but he argues with Bobby as food is returned by the plate full.

Bobby throws a plate of food on the floor, frustrated by the amount of food returned.

Gordon meets with Steve in the upstairs office, up a ladder in the roof space.

They discuss Bobbys salary as it is 50% higher than other chefs in the area and he isn’t delivering.

Steve admits that he has no more money and the problem is Bobby.

Gordon gives Steve the two choices – get Bobby on side or fire him.

Gordon has a look in the fridge and freezer and finds it to be disorganized.

There is so much prepared food and produce in the fridge.

He finds a bag of slimy chicken and Bobby admits he only cleans the floor of the walk in.

There are thousands of dollars of inventory, being left to rot.

Gordon tells them to shut down the service and ask the customers to leave.

After they leave he meets with the staff and tells them to leave if they aren’t prepared to step up.

He tells Steve that he can’t disappear upstairs and Bobby has to lead the kitchen with higher standards.

Gordon asks everyone who is staying to put up their hand and everyone does.

He meets with Bobby outside and tells him he needs to step up and apologize to Steve.

Gordon tells him that if it was his restaurant then he would be fired.

Bobby breaks down and promises to fight for the restaurant.

He meets with Steve and apologizes and promises to do whatever it takes.

The next day, the team is renovating the restaurant and Gordon meets the owners at home.

They are sad and frustrated at what Gordon discovered the previous day.

Both owners don’t spend as much time with the children due to the restaurant.

Steve calls it a wake up call and he needs to know more about what is happening.

Gordon returns to the restaurant and the renovations are complete, both inside and out.

The owners are smiling as they see the new changes including the new patio.

Gordon shows them the new, smaller menu with better portion sizes and made with fresh ingredients.

They have printed menus and the dishes are small portions, designed for sharing.

They are fully booked for the relaunch, including some VIPs.

They sample the new food and are impressed with all of the dishes.

Steve tells Sandi to take the night off to spend with the children and he will run the restaurant.

On relaunch, the restaurant is full with special guests including the mayor and the national womens soccer team.

The food starts leaving the kitchen and the diners are impressed.

As the orders build up in the kitchen they slow down and struggle to get the food out.

Bobby has shut down and a raw chicken wing has left the kitchen.

Gordon gives him a pep talk and he takes control of the kitchen.

The food starts leaving the kitchen and the customers love the food.

Gordon talks with Bobby and tells him he has to prove he is worth his salary.

He speaks with Steve and tells him that he should give Bobby a 30 day trial.

What Happened Next at Bask 46?

Two months later, Sandi has taken some time off to spend time with the children.

Bobby never showed up to the restaurant again and retired from the restaurant industry.

There are new systems and the place is thriving.

Bask 46 is open.

Reviews are very positive.

The new food is a big hit with a few customers complaining about some dishes.

Bask 46 was aired on 02 October 2023, the episode was filmed in June 2023 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 8 episode 2.

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