Kitchen Nightmares - Casa Roma - CLOSED

Casa Roma Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Casa Roma in Lancaster, California.

Casa Roma is the oldest restaurant in the village and was originally opened in 1958.

The restaurant is currently owned and run by Nylah and her son Jeremy, both of whom have no experience in the restaurant business.

They are making less than $100 a night and have had over 20 chefs in the 2 and a half years they have been open.

Gordon arrives and meets the owners, he finds a busy bar but a completely empty restaurant.

In the dining room, he finds a filthy carpet bits of food and tissue down the back of the broken booth, the blinds are dirty and the menu misspells dining.

From the menu, Gordon orders stuffed mushrooms, Monte Cristo and a medium Casa Roma deluxe pizza. He waits a long time for food and Eric has a smoke break mid way through cooking.

After an hour wait Gordon is disappointed in the food. The stuffed mushrooms are tasteless and full of water, the Monte Cristo sandwich is dripping with fat and the pizza is raw.

Chef Eric is defensive of Gordon's criticism of the food and blames the poor quality food on him having a bad day. He walks out before returning and asking for another chance.

Gordon arrives to observe a dinner service, they struggle to spell Sicilian for the eggplant special and Jimmy is floating around the kitchen with a vodka and cranberry juice in his hand.

Eric ignores sous chef Drew and they don't work together so the food takes a long time to come out and when it does it is sent back for being under cooked.

Gordon tells Nylah that Eric is only there for the pay check, he has no passion and she needs to get rid of him and promote Drew to Head Chef.

Nylah takes Gordon's advice and sacks Eric. Drew is promoted to Head Chef and Gordon discovers that he is talented at making pizza.

The next day Gordon inspects the walk-in and finds mouldy food, unidentifiable defrosting meat and 3 month old ribs.

He takes a blue UV light to the bathrooms and finds they are in a truly disgusting state with bodily fluids on the ceiling, walls and floor!

Gordon sets Drew a challenge of cooking a fresh pizza and Gordon serves them a frozen pizza to see if they can tell the difference.

A day is spent giving the restaurant a makeover both inside and out and the filthy carpet is ripped up.

Gordon organises a pizza eating contest to spread the word about the new pizza. After the contest, Gordon reveals the new menu to the staff.

For relaunch night, the local fire crew stop in for dinner. A chicken dish is sent back to the kitchen as undercooked and they send it out again only for it to be returned again.

Jimmy is in the kitchen making calzones and they are HUGE. Gordon tells him to cut down the size, slow down and focus on the details.

Drew struggles at first with the service but steps up and the food leaves the kitchen quickly and the customers are impressed with the new food.

What Happened Next at Casa Roma?

Gordon revisits, Drew is gone and Nylah bought out her son from the business.

The fridge and the restaurant was clean. The biggest surprise is Q from Sebastian's is the Head Chef! Nylah had recognised him from the Sebastian's episode and hired him to work for her.

After Gordon revisited they abandoned Gordon's new menu and returned to their previous menu.

There were rumours that the owners had been writing a number of reviews themselves.

Casa Roma was renamed to The AV Roadhouse Restaurant Bar & Grill, offering a slim lined menu

It appears that Casa Roma was briefly renamed to CR Roadhouse mid 2015 and that all of the staff to work here after a local restaurant Nico's closed. They also changed the menu again.

Yelp reviews are mostly negative on both AV and CR Roadhouse.

The restaurant once again became Casa Roma and Casa Roma closed for good in July 2017. Nylah posted the below on Facebook,

As of July 1st Casa Roma will be closing their doors for good. It is going to be a very sad month. But things have come about that can't help but go this way. It's the next chapter in my life and I love and appreciate all of you who have stood by me and my family and business. Thank you to all of you.

Casa Roma aired on March 12 2010, the episode was filmed in March 2008 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 3 episode 7.

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  1. Any word yet on whether Nyla still owns the place and merely changed its name? If not, we might as well call this one CLOSED as well. : ? Anyone?

    1. Nylah still owns Casa Roma/CR Roadhouse.

  2. Good lord, Erick is a fool. Why not just expand the bar?

    1. Because most bars in residential areas are NOT profitable, especially when they serve inedible food. And I have a sneaking suspicion that wasn't urine on the ceiling that was exposed by the black light, which makes the whole thought of it even more disgusting. Maybe that's where lazy Chef Eric made his "special sauce."

  3. dirty kitchen dining room restroom is just a sign of the owner not caring anymore

    in GR words... WAKE UP

  4. You can tell there are bogus comments here as well. Check out the Yelp reviews..despite the fake ones most are saying that it is a dirty bar with 1.5 stars to boot. My only guess is Nylah is just as nasty and dirty as the bar was before which is why she's thrown out everything chef has given her and continued with the bar business. Can't wait to see this one go under.

  5. Very interesting -- and very cool -- twist to see Q there. I hope he's doing well!

  6. Was the waitress saying "Monte CRISCO"? LMAO.

    1. Yes she was!!! But then again after GR squeezed it, I think she may have been partially correct. . .

    2. Yes lol and with how greasy it was, she was right to call it that!

  7. We visited a couple of times shortly after Gordon did his magic and everything was very good. Haven't been there for a couple of years so don't know what it's like now.

  8. Often I feel that they just Ramsay spend on makeover the restaurants+advertisings. You can see who respect him, their restaurants still open and other closed!!!!!

  9. You can tell when someone is a serious alcoholic and Nylah definitely is an alcoholic.

  10. The history of this place was so weird. Changed the menu back to the original right after the revisited episode for no reason (why? Nylah never claimed to like the original menu), then rebranded and basically recreated the changes Ramsay made without Ramsay's professional changes and menu (then why change in the first place?), then of course when that failed they made a new change and again rebranded to make it seem like a new place? They could have just saved so much time, money, and effort by just staying the same this whole time. The only person I really feel bad for here is Q, he went from one nightmare to another (though he really should have known better he wasn't a negative part of Sebastian's)


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