09 November 2012

Kitchen Nightmares - Season 4

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.

4 comments:

  1. It's a reflection on my awful memory that, although I've watched every episode of this show, I can never remember any of the restaurant names, or otherwise bring to mind anything about them.

    Old age sucks. :p

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  2. I couldn't tell you most of the restaurants' names. I remember the train wreck of owners. ;) This show, and "Deadly Women" on ID are my guilty pleasures.


    So how are y'all doing down in Austin?

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  3. Life is grand. Although I've never lived in this town before (and only visited it a couple of times), it's certainly home like I never had in Virginia or anywhere else.

    Hope y'all are doing well. Those girls must be all growed up by now.

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  4. Not quite yet, no. Still about a decade to go. ;)

    Austin was way too full of drunk college kids for me, and I was 18 at the time. :) Glad to hear y'all are doing good though.

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