Finn McCool's - Kitchen Nightmares Update - Open or Closed?

Kitchen Nightmares Finn McCool's

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Finn McCool's in Westhampton, New York.

The town is a tourist hot spot in the summer but with a population of less than 2000 residents the off season is slow for the restaurant.

Finn McCools is an Irish themed family restaurant owned by retired policeman Buddy Mazzio, who retired after 20 years and within a day had opened the restaurant.

The restaurant is family run - his son Brian is the Head Chef, son Jason is a manager and Jason's wife Melissa is a waitress.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and is surprised how quiet the town is and he thinks that the restaurant looks like a funeral parlour.

Gordon orders spring rolls, salmon and a shepherd's pie.

The spring rolls look strange, the salmon is soaked in a balsamic sauce and tastes disgusting and the shepherd's pie is a big ball of grease and Gordon to the toilet to be sick.

Gordon wants to find out the locals opinion of the restaurant and speaks to local firemen who tell him that they only serve fried food.

Gordon inspects the kitchen where he finds mouldy and incorrectly stored food and a copy of his own cook book.

Gordon dons some rubber gloves and along with the whole family they deep clean the restaurant.

Gordon arrives for a dinner service but there are no customers except the firemen and after nearly an hour they haven't received their food.

When they receive their food it is cold, the fish isn't fresh and the meatloaf is dry but Brian brushes off the criticism.

Gordon sees Sous Chef Francis drop a chicken wing on the floor before throwing it back into the fryer, he tells Gordon that the fryer will sterilise it.

The next day Buddy confesses to Gordon that he can't afford to keep running the restaurant for much longer and hasn't paid himself in months.

He admits that if Brian wasn't his son he would fire him and closing would affect the whole family by putting them all out of work.

Gordon enters the kitchen to show Brian how to cook a real shepherd's pie whilst he cooks his own recipe.

The staff test both versions and choose Gordon's version which angers Brian and he heads to the bar.

Buddy tries to talk to Brian but he walks out.

Without Brian Buddy is forced to be in charge of the kitchen and Gordon and Jason man the pass.

Buddy is a disaster in the kitchen and the service is a total disaster.

Brian returns the next day and Jason and Buddy now understand what Brian has to deal with.

Gordon can also see why Brian is unhappy and vows to help him.

Overnight, the restaurant is given a makeover with a family style atmosphere complete with a new sign out the front.

The new menu is unveiled with modern food including a family style shepherds pie and a fireman's chicken dish.

For relaunch night, Gordon persuades the firemen to give the restaurant another chance.

As the tickets roll in the service falls apart as Brian becomes overwhelmed.

Gordon tells him to focus on the quality but a local food critic, the fire captain and others are annoyed to be kept waiting.

The customers who receive food are enjoying the new menu but Jason is having to deal with irate customers who are yet to be seated.

People start leaving including the fire chief but Brian falls apart even more when Gordon pushes him to speed up to be able to turn tables.

The staff watch nervously as the food critic samples the menu but they enjoy the food.

The relaunch overall was a success and Brian hugs Gordon.

What Happened Next at Finn McCools?

Lee Stranahan spoke to the owners days after the show had aired on his blog post here and they revealed they were picked after Brian auditioned for Hell's Kitchen.

They also revealed that Francis wasn't an employee and Brian didn't drive off, leaving some believing the Finn McCools Kitchen Nightmares episode was faked.

Gordon revisits the restaurant and the family relationships are better.

He is told that business is good with an increase of 37% but Buddy had a heart attack and was taking a break from the restaurant.

Brian won a local competition for Best Chowder in a Chilli and Chowder Competition. He told a local paper that the regulars wanted to revert to the old menu and he threatened to quit.

Yelp reviews were mostly positive after filming with compliments to the food and the service.

In 2009, Buddy Mazzio sold the restaurant to Michael Mancuso and the family still worked there.

Finn McCool's closed in March 2012 after an issue with the lease and was boarded up in June 2012.

Since the Finn McCool's closed, Brian opened Shuckers with a childhood friend in 2011 and has worked at Oakland's Restaurant Marina.

He currently works at Sundays on the Bay and had expanded into catering.

Jason has been working as a courier, at various restaurants and bars including Shuckers, Joe's American Grill and Buoy One.

Buddy Mazzio worked as a Private Investigator at his own firm, A.Mazzio Professional Investigations after the show.

Buddy sadly passed away in January 2023.

Finn McCool's aired on November 14 2007, the episode was filmed in March 2007 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 1 episode 7.

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This post was last updated in March 2023.


  1. That's too bad. I really liked those guys. : (

  2. I also liked those guys. I hope Buddy has recovered completely and is enjoying retirement.

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    1. Um, what? I don't know what show you watched, but Buddy, Jason and Melissa were all really nice people... and, once Ramsay straightened him out, so was Brian. It's a shame they ended up closing, but I guess they can take some solace in the fact that they made it last a lot longer than most restaurants that have appeared on this show.

    2. Just because they have an Italian last name, that doesn't mean they're not Irish. You get your last name from ONE part of your family tree. I would know: I have an Italian last name too, but only a tiny fraction of my background is Italian.

    3. They are American, sweetheart.

    4. THANK YOU. I'm about done listening to Americans proclaim, "I'm Irish!", "I'm Scottish!" in broad Boston and Manhattan accents. No, pal, you're an American. Ever notice how these clowns never proudly claim to be Welsh? Right, because Wales isn't glamorous enough.

      You were born in the USA, you're an American. Live with it for crying out loud.

    5. I see your point, however there is nothing wrong with being proud of your ancestry. Your anger is only self evident your life is lacking in numerous ways, it's time to grow up.

  5. Finn McCool's problem was that Buddy's heart attack. It was his dream, not his children, that's why they sold it to that stunt pilot. I hope that they got profit from it, they were good people, so sad to see that they fell on the common ground of closed ones.

  6. Did Buddy remind anyone else of Peter Griffin? Finn McCool's sounds like something Peter would name a restaurant as well

    1. I know what you mean, but the name Finn McCool actually comes from an Irish myth/legend.

  7. Another one bites the dust, Gordon. 😝😝😝

  8. I heard the place shut down because the landlord suddenly doubled the rent out of nowhere and the owners had no hope of paying it off.


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