Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Santé La Brea - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Santé La Brea

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA, a healthy Vegan restaurant run by owner Dean Hamoui and sons Arthur and Sammy.

They have a prime location but they are in $200,000 of debt. Dean cooks and cleans whereas new manager Mark only does the decorating.

Gordon meets Dean, who shows him the edible grass that is growing on top of the counter.

Gordon orders the Turkey Patty Melt, Mogadoofu and Blackened Salmon.

He finds the patty melt dry and disgusting and feeds it to the dog Tubs who is sat on the patio, the mogadoofu is a joke, with cooked to hell rice and the salmon is dry and tastes way too fishy.

Gordon asks to inspect the fridge and discovers frozen salmon and turkey defrosting together.

Chef Aurelio arrives late with some lame excuse and Sammy and Arthur are angry at both him but Dean goes easy on him and this makes them angry at him too.

Gordon returns to witness a dinner service, Aurelio says he is just a Chef and that he does what he wants, Dean cleans up after the Chefs and the customers aren't happy.

Gordon sits the staff down and talks about how no one is responsible and Dean says that no one listens to him.

Gordon says the main problem is the food but also the place is filthy so they deep clean the restaurant.

Gordon takes Dean out to help him release the pressure, he gets him to shout out his frustrations at his staff.

As soon as he gets back he shouts at Sammy when he does something he wasn't supposed to.

Gordon introduces two new specials, a halibut dish and a Shrimp salad. A policeman arrives and handcuffs Dean so he can't do every ones jobs for them.

Mark tries to take orders and puts menus under his sweaty armpit and is sent home to change, Gordon pops out and buys him some women's deodorant.

As the customers are lining up, Aurelio dismisses Dean in the kitchen and at one point ignores him. The next day, the restaurant has had an overnight makeover.

They have a new sign, the entrance is decluttered and Gordon introduces the new menu.

On relaunch night, Mark once again doesn't listen to Dean and took orders for wine so Dean marches him out the back by his collar and shouts at him.

Everyone is feeling the pressure, especially Dean and the Chefs. Aurelio threatens to leave mid service and Dean shouts at him and he leaves.

He returns and says he will stay if he is paid the money he is owed, Gordon pays him the money out of his own pocket and Aurelio returns.

The kitchen is backed up and the customers are waiting for food but they work together and successfully push all the food out and the customers are happy with the food and the relaunch is a success.

What Happened Next at Santé La Brea?

Gordon revisits the restaurant to find that Dean has retired and gone overseas, passing the restaurant to his sons, Aurelio and Mark are gone too.

He discovers takings are up 10% and Sammys girlfriend Dawn is the new manager.

Gordon thinks the food is delicious and then discovers that it is the Unchicken. He meets with Mark, who tells him that they had lost respect for him and he is now working in raw food.

After Gordon had been to the restaurant they returned some customer favourites to the menu and the Yelp reviews were mostly positive.

Santé La Brea closed in June 2011, posting the below on the Sante Le Brea Facebook page,

"will be closing its doors in a few more weeks - so be sure to stop by & enjoy your Last Supper (or Last Lunch)! We really appreciate (& we will dearly miss) all our loyal customers who have steadfastly supported us over the years.. Thanks to you, we can retire on a High Note =)"
"*UPDATE: The process of selling the restaurant is taking a bit longer than expected so - as of this moment - it looks like we'll probably remain open until around mid-May. (We'll keep everyone posted, tho.) Again, THANK YOU soooo much to all our loyal customer who have continued to support us!!"

In the restaurant's place now is a German restaurant called Wirsthaus and reviews are good.

Santé La Brea aired on November 20 2008, the episode was filmed in March 2008 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 2 episode 10.

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  1. It's closed and it's now Wirsthaus. German brats, beer, schnitzel and such...went once and it was damn tasty.

    1. It still is! We either go there or get takeout from there every other month or so.

  2. If you look at the comments on their FB page, they indicate that they were selling during booming business but just wanted out. I think the business was less of a failure than the owners were just tired

    1. Which is smart, always know when to stop. However, what was that madness with telling the public they were staying open while trying to sell? I would never go to a restaurant that was open about closing soon. No one will be giving full effort and that sounds like a great way to get food poisoning. Over sharing on Facebook shouldn't be a business's flaw, leave that to the tweens.

  3. It's good to know that the two sons took Gordon's advice and changes to heart and ran with it. From what I understand, Sante did quite well until they decided to sell the place. Well, my question is about that yellow awning they had out front until Gordon put up the new sign: what is "Tastlthy" even supposed to mean anyway? Something that former manager Mark came up with, perhaps?

  4. MisterAl, I believe that word is a mash up of Tasty + Healthy = Tastlthy

  5. They should have got Mark to replace the departing Dean instead of his two sons. No wonder they had to close.

    1. They were in booming buisness when they sold. They just wanted out. Know your facts and like gordom would say, get your head from up your arse

  6. it's fatter than you! lol #classic

  7. The "chef" was stupid, lazy, and selfish.


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