Kitchen Nightmares - Leone's - OPEN

Leone's Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Leone's in Montclair, New Jersey.

The once popular family run business was opened by Rose in 1996 and business was good.

Three years ago, she fell into a coma following complications from an operation and her son Michael took over the business.

Michael had no experience in running a restaurant and the restaurant lost a lot of money.

Rose returned to a shambles and everything she had worked for was gone.

The restaurant used to be fully booked and now they are barely booking tables.

Gordon arrives and Michael is relaxing watching sports on the TV in the reception.

Rose meets Gordon, telling him that she thinks that everything is wrong with the restaurant and she needs Gordon's help to get it back on track.

Gordon is introduced to the staff and Trudy tells Gordon that there is no one leading the restaurant.

Michael admits to Gordon that he only works part time in the restaurant and that he spends most the time sitting down.

When talking about the finances, Gordon discovers they are losing $4,000 a week.

Gordon wants to sample the food and orders one of everything from the menu, over 100 dishes.

Looking at the spread in front of him he cannot tell some of the dishes apart and they look poor.

When he samples the dishes most are bland or have too much garlic and the fish dishes are the worst.

Gordon speaks to the chefs who reveal that they don’t think that any of the food is good.

Gordon is not happy and leaves the restaurant.

He returns for dinner service, the diners do not like the food and dishes are sent back.

Gordon notices the Chefs are not properly trained but also that the kitchen is filthy.

He decides to look in the walk in and freezer, he discovers rotten food, cross contamination and improperly stored meat and seafood.

He shuts the restaurant down and orders the staff to deep clean the kitchen.

The staff meet and Rose reveals she does not believe in him.

The next day, Gordon takes everyone to an Art Gallery where there are images of the competitors food and food from Leone's.

In the kitchen, Gordon gives Michael training to improve his cooking skills.

Over night, Gordon revamps the restaurant, modernising the dining room and has installed a new POS system for ordering food.

Gordon cuts the menu by half, adding freshly cooked, modern Italian dishes.

On relaunch night Gordon has high hopes for Michael as his attitude is more positive.

He gets off to a good start, dishes are leaving the kitchen and the customers are happy.

However, Michael starts to lose control and sends out a tables orders twice.

Gordon gives him a pep talk, he sorts the kitchen out and food starts going out again.

Gordon is pleased with Michael's new attitude and tells Rose her son is ready to take over from her.

What Happened Next at Leone's

Leone's in Montclair, NJ is still open.

Yelp reviews since filming are mostly positive with the odd off service/dish.

Trip Advisor reviews are more mixed and also suggest the service has off days.

Chef's Carchi and Darryl were fired after filming.

Gordon revisits the restaurant a year later in a Kitchen Nightmares revisited episode.

Michael is still there but staff reveal that he is there a few hours and spends the rest of the time in a local bar.

Gordon is happy with the food but not happy with Michael, he promises he will be a better leader and commit time to the restaurant.

Rosemary Leone passed away on 5th April 2014.

Planning a visit to the restaurant? Check out their website for opening hours and further info.

Leone's was aired on September 30 2011, the episode was filmed in July 2011 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 5 episode 2.

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  1. Very good Reviews.

  2. Good for Rose. Good staff, must've brought in a great chef. Too bad Michael's useless.

  3. If it weren't for the amazing staff, Leone's would've closed down a long time ago. I hope Michael realises how lucky he is.

  4. Jon is so cute wish I was a gay male! Mama Rose is adorable!

  5. I'm so glad they're still open. It always makes me sad when I find out the restaurants Chef Ramsay helped end up closing down.

  6. So glad this one is still open! Mama Rose deserves that. I hope Michael has stepped up since Ramsey revisited

  7. Honestly, this episode made me a bit angry. I felt kind of bad for Michael. Don't get me wrong, he was a bit of a plum, but I hate these episodes of KN where some poor kid has been forced to inherit a business they have zero interest in, then have scorn heaped on them for not running it properly. I don't think Michael wanted to be a restaurant owner and I don't approve of berating him for that.

    1. I'm the son of a very successful restaurant owner in southern France, he tried to push me into following his steps, I worked at his restaurant during weekends and holidays, hated every minute of it. I had no interest in working there. He could just find another job and tell his mom he doesn't want to work there, it's not like you can't replace him, as he's pretty much useless.

  8. Imagine my surprise to know that this place is still open. I've been watch KN and searching which places are still open. Good for Mama Rose! This makes me happy.

  9. I'm glad they're still open. So sad that Mama Rose passed away, but hopefully her legacy will live on and Michael will keep this place running.


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