Kitchen Nightmares - Grasshopper Also - CLOSED

Grasshopper Also Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits The Grasshopper Also, an Irish pub in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

Grasshopper is run by husband and wife Mitch and Maureen Sandler and Maureen’s father Chief.

Chief gave Maureen most of the money to open the restaurant and has over 40 years of experience in the restaurant business.

Maureen is clueless as to why the business is failing and everyone blames Mitch.

They say that he wastes time and fails to keep the quality consistent but Mitch feels like everyone is blaming him.

Gordon arrives and asks to speak to each owner to discover the problems.

He speaks to Maureen about the suffering relationship between Chief and Mitch.

Chief has invested $3,000,000 and thinks the biggest problem is Mitch, whereas Mitch believes the biggest problem is his Father in law.

Gordon meets manager Annette who doesn't hold back when telling Gordon how poor the food is.

He orders the French onion soup, Shepherds pie and Fisherman’s platter.

The soup tastes like onions in dishwater, the shepherd’s pie is a cottage pie with a glue like gravy and the fisherman’s platter is bland with rubber scallops.

Gordon meets the chefs and is shocked to discover that none of them know how to make Irish food.

He inspects the fridges where he finds scallops that have been previously frozen and old and slimy chicken.

He also finds blood in the mozzarella sticks and raw and cooked meat stored together.

Gordon says he would have never eaten had he seen the fridges and declares that they should not open for dinner.

They clean up the kitchen whilst Chief closes the restaurant to customers and Maureen takes leadership of the clean up operation.

The next day Gordon goes to the couples home where he speaks with Maureen about how Mitch has been worn down and they need to help him rediscover his passion.

He speaks with Mitch and tells him to step up and lead the restaurant.

Gordon introduces two specials, a shepherd’s pie and fish and chips and after a taste test the new dishes are a hit with the staff.

The chefs however are more concerned on getting the food out as soon as possible focusing on speed and cutting corners.

They ask whether they should pre fry the fish and if there is a way to cook burgers faster.

Gordon observes a dinner service and is worried about the outdated, handwritten order system.

The service begins slowly, the specials are well received by the customers but the old menu is a disaster.

The old menu takes longer to cook and the items are being sent out late, poorly cooked and are tasteless due to no seasoning.

As the kitchen gets busier they struggle to cook the new menu items also and send out raw burgers.

Gordon realises the problems are the cooks; they don’t know how to cook burgers properly and sent out poorly presented shepherds pies.

The service isn't helped by Chief overseeing and winding up Mitch with his comments.

After the service, Gordon calls in chef James to help relaunch the menu and to train the cooks.

The next day, they arrive to a restaurant makeover, the restaurant is more modern with a communal dining table in the centre.

There is also a state of the art POS computer ordering system to replace the handwritten system.

The menu also gets a makeover with new Irish-American dishes including Irish Ale stew and an authentic shepherds pie.

On relaunch night, James is overseeing the cooks while Mitch expedites and takes the lead.

The appetisers go out quickly and the customers like the new food.

However as the entrees steam through the kitchen Mitch begins to crumble and the kitchen grinds to a halt.

Chief steps in but ends up arguing with Maureen and Gordon removes Mitch from the kitchen.

Gordon instead changes him to a server where he takes the wrong dishes to the wrong tables.

The dinner service is turned around with James and Gordon leading the kitchen and customers are happy.

After the service, Gordon sits the owners down to tell them that they need to make some changes to make things work and to listen to James.

Within days of filming, Chef Mario is sacked and James stays on to train the kitchen staff.

What Happened Next at Grasshopper Also?

Yelp reviews and Trip Advisor reviews were mostly positive after the episode aired.

There are compliments to most of the menu items but also a few negative comments to others, including one alleging she was made sick from a tainted sandwich.

Some regulars on Chowhound said that they preferred the previous menu and the new food was lacking flavour.

Grasshopper Also closed and was sold in October 2012 and reopened with new management, new staff and a new makeover.

It became a sports bar called the Eastside Ale House, the new owners posted the below on Facebook.

"For everyone who has supported Mitch, Maureen, and Chief for so many years, we would like to say thank you. And on behalf of the new ownership and management of the Grasshopper, we wish them the best and thank them for many years of great service.

As for the future, we hope to only grow on the great foundation the Grasshopper has laid out for us. There will be many new things coming, all for the better. All are always welcome at the Grasshopper and we look forward to continuing to grow with you!"

But this closed in 2016 and Yelp reviews prior to closure were negative.

The restaurant was sold again and reopened as a sports bar called Primetime Sports Lounge & Restaurant, this closed in 2017 after being open less than a year.

It is currently a tapas bar called Segovia Meson. Reviews are excellent.

Grasshopper Also aired on February 18 2011, the episode was filmed in November 2010 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 4 episode 4.

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This post was last updated in August 2019.


  1. How drunk is the guy in that video? And is he reading from a prompt or being told what to say? Seems very suspicious.

  2. We used to eat here all the time the food was always terrible and the place was crummy. Didn't know it until a few weeks ago but we went there after Gordon had been there and the menu was boring and the food was tasteless.

    1. Why would you eat somewhere all the time that served terrible food

    2. My grandmother loved the place, it was located pretty conveniently and she always got the same thing, which she thinks is the best thing ever.

    3. So obviously not everyone felt the same way

    4. So, basically what you're telling us is that you have no taste buds. Who in the eff keeps returning to a place they hate?

  3. I think it has less to do with the staff being Mexican or lazy and more to do with bad management. The ones cooking likely never had any kind of training. Don't see how being Mexican has anything to do with it. One thing I've noticed from racist comments: they're likely made by ignorant suburbanites that have little to no exposure of different cultures other than those originating from Europe.

    1. One thing about liberal self-hating cuckolds posting self-righteous comments online is that they more often than not live in wealthy, majority-white gated neighborhoods and can count their encounters with the lower class on one hand. Different cultures have different work ethics and the Mexican staff running the place are not hard workers. Having grown up in Inglewood everyone with a brain knew not to bother with people who couldn't speak your own language, though I wouldn't expect limousine liberals to actually know anything about race relations amongst the lower class.

    2. ^ Wow, you ROASTED this original poster, anon.


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