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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Restaurants Close

Most Restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares Are Now Closed

Ever wonder what happens to a restaurant after Gordon Ramsay whips the staff into shape and redesigns the dining room on Fox's Kitchen Nightmares? Well according to Scottish newspaper, the Herald, more than half of the eateries have closed or been sold. Of the 20 restaurants that were featured on the US version of KN, 10 are now closed; 12 out of the 22 UK establishments faced the same grim fate. Restaurateurs blame a range of reasons for shuttering, from high costs of fresh local produce to a decrease in customer counts due to the recession. Others even begrudge Ramsay saying that the show is clearly a joke.

In some ways, I have to agree. A quick makeover from a celebrity chef and appearance on a reality television show isn't going to make thousands of dollars in debt disappear. The harsh truth is that for a restaurant to succeed, it needs diners, and not even Gordon Ramsay can guarantee that an establishment will be full each night.

What do think of the news? Are you surprised to learn that so many of the eateries have shut down?


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swilco04 swilco04 5 years
It does not surprise me that a lot of the restaurants featured on Kitchen Nightmares have failed. During economic hardships when family members lose jobs, one of the first things to go by the wayside is going out once a week for a meal. That money has to be designated for more important bills. The amount of money that a family of four would spend for one meal at a restaurant could buy groceries for about a week depending upon the amount spent in the restaurant. Couple that with the fact that, in many of the restaurants that were featured on the show, the staff was rude, uninspired and clueless as to what the customer wanted. They chose to serve mediocre food, curse and yell at each other in front of the diners, or even yell at the diners. Most of them deserved to be closed.
smittyjade smittyjade 7 years
Of course they close down, they are going bankrupt for whatever reasons, it has nothing to do w/ Ramsey, its a show, for entertainment and it would be nice to think you could help, alas in the long run the people who run it have done too much damage already.
also_bastet also_bastet 8 years
I'm not surprised, I wouldn't eat in most of those restaurants. I can't over how dirty the kitchens in some of them were! Yuck!
rossy rossy 8 years
Totally off -topic but I met with a friend last week & she took me for lunch at her favorite Malaysian restaurant for lunch - OH MY GOD! GREAT FOOD at AFFORDABLE PRICES (got enough served to us that we took doggie bags home for the next day! Now, I stop in once a week to get lunch; trying everything on their menu... - It got me thinking how many places I never tried because I never thought I'd like the food...
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
Considering that they were all on their absolutely last legs, I think we could see the glass as half full: 50% of them are still operating after a year which must be a tribute to him since they were on the verge of collapse!! I agree that many of them were probably sold b/c they were now making money and the original owners realized they clearly weren't cut out for the restaurant world. So I basically don't see these stats as proof of BS by the show. I think they show his success. ps I like the UK version better - it's less orchestrated confrontation.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ha, kind of amusing.
No, not surprised at all, but i do love the show and i do love him, he is very talented!
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