Well it's that time again! Time to see how many restaurants Gordon Ramsay can save in the US and how many have crashed & burned (some spectacularly). Per the Wikipedia list of the Season 4 episodes, filmed in 2011, we've got:
S4 - ep1. Spanish Pavilion in Harrison, NJ. OPEN FOR BUSINESS. *Woo hoo!, a good way to start off the season!
S4 - ep2. Classic American in West Babylon, NY. OPEN FOR BUSINESS. *Two for two! Don't think it will last long though, not with previous seasons.
S4 - ep3. PJ's Steakhouse in Queens, NY. CLOSED. *There is currently a thriving restaurant named Manor Oktoberfest of Forest Hills, NY. PJ's took a nose dive after Ramsay was here, changing to a bar that also went tits up. Clearly the location isn't a problem but the previous owners were.
S4 - ep4. Grasshopper Also in Carlstadt, NJ. OPEN FOR BUSINESS. *This has got to be one of the weirdest named restaurants I've ever heard. I think of chocolate mint cookies & Kung Fu, not really food.
S4 - ep5. Davide in Boston, MA. OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
S4 - ep6. Downcity in Providence, RI. CLOSED. *The last review is from January of 2012 so they do seem to have survived for about 6 months post Ramsay. Won't label it a draw though as it didn't last very long after it was filmed.
S4 - ep7. Cafe Tavolini in Bridgeport, CT. CLOSED. *There is currently another restaurant at the same location, named "Black Rock Yacht and Athletic Club".
S4 - ep8. Kingston Cafe in Pasadena, CA. OPEN FOR BUSINESS. *It was reviewed just a few weeks ago so seems to still be going strong, and it continues to get high marks for the food.
S4 - ep9. La Frite in Sherman Oaks, CA. OPEN FOR BUSINESS. *Apparently doing well enough that there are 2 locations listed on their website.
S4 - ep10. Capri in Eagle Rock, CA. OPEN FOR BUSINESS. *Last review was a few days ago so still going quite well.
S4 - ep11. Zeke's in Metairie, LA. CLOSED. *Listed as looking for a new owner as of last month.
S4 - ep12. Oceana Grill in New Orleans, LA. OPEN FOR BUSINESS. *The reviews are ALL OVER THE BOARD on this place with no rhyme or reason I could find so I suppose being open is worth something but if you're ticking off customers this bad, it is only a matter of time ...
Well, that gives us a total of 8 restaurants STILL OPEN which is a great improvement over the last few seasons. That said, 4 are closed (2 of them with new restaurants in the same place). So OPEN is the winner for this season, as of now.