Kitchen Nightmares - Handlebar - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Handlebar

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Handlebar, Mount Sinai, NY, owned by Carolyn and Billy LeRoy.

They bought the restaurant in 2007 as the restaurant was popular with the locals but the customers using the restaurant declined.

They aren't sure why they are struggling to fill the restaurant as they believe the food is excellent and the bar is constantly packed.

The couple are close to losing their home and are relying on bank loans to keep the doors open.

Chef Melissa doesn't want to be a chef, she has no training and just took the job as she was offered it and wanted to give it a go.

Gordon arrives and sits down to order some food, he orders the clam chowder, seafood crepe and filet mignon fondue.

He isn't impressed with the dated decor and the empty dining room.

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.

He meets Melissa who tells Gordon she isn't a chef, more of a cook and that she doesn't really enjoy cooking...

Gordon arrives for the evening service and it is a disaster when the kitchen runs out of vegetables during the service.

The next morning, Gordon notices that the kitchen is filthy but Billy insists that it's better than it was.

The staff are set to the task of cleaning the kitchen but Billy refuses to help them clean.

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 observed a second evening 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 also reveals that he has persuaded Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister 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.

He also sat down to eat in the restaurant with wrestling legend Mick Foley.

The relaunch overall is a success despite a few hiccups and Gordon is pleased with the changes that have been made.

What Happened Next at Handlebar?

Yelp reviews after the show filmed were average.

Gordon revisits a year later in a Kitchen Nightmares revisited episode and Handlebar is still open with happier owners.

Billy is still stubborn but a little less so and Melissa is still in the kitchen, much to Gordon's surprise.

The walk-in is immaculate and the filet he orders is tender and delicious.

Handlebar closed in 2009 shortly after the revisit episode was filmed and the restaurant was sold.

Sadly, Billy passed away from cancer in November 2015.

The restaurant reopened in 2010 as Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar, which closed in 2011.

Yelp reviews prior to the closure were average.

The restaurant later opened as Benchwarmers Tavern and Grill, a sports bar and it is still open with better reviews than it's predecessors.

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

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This post was last updated in September 2019.

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  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.

    1. You also have to understand alot of these restaurants are months maybe even weeks from closing so there is not alot he can do to save them

  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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