Kitchen Nightmares - Fiesta Sunrise - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Fiesta Sunrise

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, New York.

Fiesta Sunrise is a Mexican restaurant owned by Vic, Patty and Yolanda. Vic and Yolanda had no money to open the restaurant so asked Yolanda's daughter Patty to use her savings and credit.

Yolanda and Vic's marriage is under strain as is the relationship between them and Patty. Patty feels resentment towards her mother as she is essentially owner of a restaurant where she has no control.

Gordon arrives and is confused if he is at the right restaurant as that they haven't changed the logo from the previous restaurant. He is offered a free Margarita on arrival which is very strong.

Gordon orders the combination one which is a sampler plate and there is only one other table in the restaurant.

He discovers a sticker on the front of the menu that he peels off to reveal the name of another restaurant Fiesta Garibaldi, which is Vics previous restaurant that failed and closed.

Vic has kept the same menu, same recipes and same chef from the previous restaurant. His food arrives, the burrito has dry chicken, the beef is impossible to swallow and the rice tastes old.

He ventures into the kitchen to talk about the food and discovers he was served old rice.

Gordon sits down with Yolanda, they are taking a third of what they need to break even and are in $850,000 of debt after just 18 months of business.

Gordon observes a dinner service, he comments on how huge the kitchen is and he meets Chef Ambrosio and the other cooks.

A customer sends back their tortilla chips and the server puts them back into the tray!

The fridge is full of food cooked "yesterday" but after pressing further Gordon discovers that it is actually cooked last week.

He also finds 5 month old yellow chives, smelly curled up fish, oxidised steak wrapped in foil, pork sitting in blood and green, slimy chicken.

There are trays of prepared food including a garbage bin of refried beans.

Gordon tells Vic that he wouldn't trust him to run a bath, let alone a restaurant.

Gordon tells Vic to take the beans into the restaurant when he refuses Gordon storms into the restaurant carrying the beans declaring that the restaurant is closed.

As Patty and Don's marriage is suffering too he is invited in for a chat the next morning.

He isn't happy with how Vic treats Patty and promises to be more involved. Vic isn't happy Don is there and it turns quickly into an argument where Don reveals he has paid for Vic's mortgage.

After the heated exchange, Gordon moves some plates and discovers an infestation of cockroaches. Patty and Yolanda had no idea but Vic tells Gordon he was aware of the problem, Gordon calls in an exterminator and walks out.

Gordon returns to be able to observe a full dinner service, they begin the dinner service serving fresh food.

However the chefs overcook the rice, the kitchen backs up and customers are left waiting for food. Yolanda steps in to cook the rice correctly.

On one table half the customers have no food whilst the others have eaten theirs. The broiler is covering the food in soot and customers walk out in frustration.

Gordon is frustrated as their takings for the evening didn't even cover the cost of staff.

He goes back to New York City overnight to ponder what action to take and returns with Chef Julieta Ballesteros, a top mexican chef.

He has also given the restaurant a makeover with new chairs and tables. There is also a new menu which Julieta teaches the chefs to prepare and cook.

On relaunch night, they get off to a good start until food is sent back and the chefs burn nachos. The Mayor calls to say he is going to be coming for dinner. The Mayor brands the food excellent and says he will come again.

The customers are also pleased with their food and overall the relaunch was a success. Gordon was impressed with Vic and takes him outside to unveil the new sign on the side of the building.

What Happened Next at Fiesta Sunrise?

Fiesta Sunrise closed in September 2008 as the restaurant was seized due to failure to pay taxes that were owed.

It had been closed previously in July 2007 for failing to pay taxes but paid in full and was allowed to reopen, they should have learnt their lesson then!

In August 2008 there was a stabbing at Fiesta Sunrise.

Recent images on Google Maps shows that the building is empty and boarded up.

Fiesta Sunrise aired on November 13 2008, the episode was filmed in February 2008 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 2 episode 9.

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  1. just saw this episode... the guy had a restaurant that failed... he then talks his wife and step-daughter into investing in a new restaurant where everything is exactly the same as the restaurant that already failed... he even just pastes a sticker over the old restaurants menu and reuses it... its like the definition of insanity... keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result... i feel bad but at the end of the day they all should have known better...

  2. I'm watching this episode again on a day off... What's sad is that Vic and Yolanda have failed before, and they apparently haven't learned from that. From what I've read, Vic never really learned from, nor did he take advantage of Gordon's help and experience, so I'm not surprised he failed yet again. The place was seized for failure to pay taxes; evidently Vic hadn't truly learned about really running their business. Maybe he didn't care?
    I feel terrible for Patti the stepdaughter, whose credit was probably ruined by Vic's incompetence. I don't blame her husband for being angry about this at all. I do hope Patti and her family are doing well.

  3. I just rewatched this episode because I had forgotten how disgusting the kitchen was. It is definitely believable that they are no longer open.

  4. I'm not excusing the daughter for her role in the whole thing, but I've known many a mother who excel at laying on the guilt trip. Plus, the daughter's husband had to have an idea of where his money was going, as the daughter can't take a mortgage on a house owned by both. But on EVERY problem, the buck ultimately stopped with Vic. Gordon knew this as well. He was incompetent, clueless, employed his buddies, and had NO BUSINESS owning a restaurant. The reason why they needed the daughter and her money is that neither Vic or Yolanda could get a loan for a gumball. Both had filed bankruptcy multiple times and as was shown, had already failed in the business. But to not change anything from the menus to the staff? That is beyond stupidity. And to all of you Rash Lardball listeners & FAUX NEWS watchers, the fact that they are Hispanic had NOTHING to do with the incompetence. By the way, I wrote this Friday! LOL

  5. I love that people can turn a pompous idiot ruining his family by cutting every possible corner into a commentary on politics. Who cares?! He's dumb. Gordon's a miracle worker, but he can't make a brain grow.

  6. I've watched a lot of episodes and these two (the mom and her husband) are pure evil. Their passivity while they use their daughter, Gordon Ramsay and their customers is reprehensible. The main guy, the big fat, stepdad owner....he is a clod, a loser and deserves to be thrown in a bucket of pig's filtth for a month.

  7. While both screwed the daughter, the stepdad guy was just absolutely skeevy. It's not surprising he'd have gone so far as to flip-off the IRS by not paying taxes. Probably pocketed them for himself for all we know. The parents screwed the daugher, but the stepdad screwed em both with all his scams and frauds.

  8. Had it been me, no way I would put my credit on the line for anyone. This show is the perfect example as to why. Vic is a lazy scrub who found two women to take advantage of. What a shame. Another waste of Gordon's time.

  9. Yuck, I mostly feel sorry for the daughter and her husband. They got involved with a fraud!
    I'm not even sorry for the mother at this point. She totally ruined her daughter's credits, and that Vic guy is obviously a big scam.

  10. You could tell by watching the show that guy Vic was an idiot. I don't know why the stepdaughter didn't take the restaurant away from him. Hell, it was under your name you have every right.

  11. I am watching this episode via Hulu. Classic when Vic says "I feel stupid" yeah, not changing anything since your last failed restaurant. Accusing Patty's husband, who's helped flip bills, for not having a job....that is pretty stupid!

  12. What a filthy place. Not surprised they sunk soon after Ramsey helped them. He should have just left!

  13. Best line by Ramsey:
    "Let's be honest, they speak english, dont they? They're just being clever!"


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