Monday, 22 May 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Handlebar - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Handlebar

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Handlebar, Mount Sinai, NY, owned by Billy and his wife. They aren't sure why they are struggling to fill the restaurant as they believe the food is excellent. Chef Melissa doesn't want to be a chef, she just took the job as she was offered it. Gordon sits down to order some food, he orders the clam chowder, seafood crepe and filet mignon fondue. Gordon likes the chowder and tells Billy how delicious and well seasoned it is! The seafood crepe is filled with imitation crab meat which does not impress Gordon and he is confused by the steak fondue, as he is served hot oil to cook his own meal and ruin a good steak. 

After his meal he speaks to Billy who is surprised that he doesn't like the food, telling Gordon that no one has ever complained before. Gordon notices that the kitchen is filthy but Billy insists that it's better than it was. Billy and Gordon squabble and Billy rants and raves before disappearing off to call his wife and tell her that they are selling the restaurant. Gordon witnesses a dinner service, adding a new special but Melissa struggles and customers are left waiting hours for food. The customers are not happy and resort to arguing amongst themselves.

Gordon decides he has to make some big changes and decides to make the restaurant a gastropub, they will be the only one in Long Island. Gordon reveals that he has persuaded Dee Snyder to come to the relaunch. He arrives on a motorcycle, riding it into the restaurant and he reveals that customers can bid on the bike with the proceeds going to charity. The relaunch overall is a success despite a few hiccups and Gordon is pleased with the changes that have been made. 

What Happened Next? 

When Gordon revisits it is still open and Gordon enjoys his meal. Yelp reviews after the show filmed are average. After filming the revisit Handlebar closed, it was sold and reopened in 2010 as Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar, which closed in 2011. Yelp reviews prior to closure were average. The restaurant later opened as Benchwarmers Tavern and Grill, a sports bar. Sadly, Billy  passed away from cancer in November 2015.

Handlebar aired on September 11 2008, the episode was filmed in February 2008 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 2 episode 1.


  1. Gordon Ramsay is a genius restaurateur who should be applauded for his zeal to help those in trouble. I watch in amazement as he and his team transforms the look of a restaurant and then see how he conjures up a really simple menus that everyone can love. His genius is exemplified by his ability to present food in elegant and simplistic ways that made even the cook who didn't like cooking look good. No one to blame for the failure of this restaurant but the self-centered, egomaniac owner who is so immature that he is incapable of showing appreciation for the gift Gordon and crew handed him. disgusting to see such benevolence wasted.

  2. Not sure if anyone noticed but Mick Foley (aka Mankind from WWF) went to the relaunch night.

    1. Yes, I know for a fact that was Mick Foley. Him and Dee are neighbors and have been friends for a number of years. I refuse to confirm anything other than that because I believe that would be an invasion of privacy of 2 great guys who are afforded very little privacy as it is.

    2. It was him I rewound and paused it and zoomed in to make sure.

  3. If I recall correctly, the motorcycle that was up for bid never hit the reserve and went unsold. Pretty sure it was on ebay.

  4. That was Dee he goes to quite a few biker events he just don't go to clubhouses... RIP BILLY I just found out he was gone .We all have our issues & if you don't walk a mile in someone's shoes you know nothing about them .


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