Sunday, 29 May 2011

US Season 2 - Fiesta Sunrise - CLOSED

Open or closed? CLOSED
Location: West Nyack, NY

Episode Summary: A mexican restaurant based in New York owned by Vic, Patty na d Yolanda. Vic and Yolanda had no money so they asked Patty to use her savings and credit to fund the business. Vic doesn't listen to them when they want to make changes and there are no customers. The restaurant is poorly decorated and filled with clutter. Yolanda and Vics marriage is under strain as is the relationship between them both and Patty with Patty feeling resentment towards her mother for dragging her into the business. Gordon arrives and there is a sign above the door for Grill 303, he thinks the restaurant has already shut but discovers they haven't changed the logo above the door. He is offered a free margherita on arrival which is very strong. The restaurant is huge but only 2 tables are booked for lunch.  

Gordon orders some food, he orders the combination one which is a sampler plate of burritos and other dishes. As he is reading the menu he discovers a sticker on the front which he peels off to reveal the name of another restaurant Fiesta Garibaldi which he discovers is Vics previous failed restaurant. He has kept the same menu, dishes and same chef. His food arrives, the burrito looks like someone has been sick on his plate with dry chicken and the beef is impossible to swallow. The rice tastes old. He ventures into the kitchen to talk about the food and discovers he was served old rice that ws cooked days ago. Gordon sits down with Yolanda and discovers they are only taking a third of what they need to break even and are in $850,000 of debt.

Gordon witnesses a dinner service, stepping into the kitchen he comments on how huge it is and he meets Chef Ambrosio. He inspects the fridge which was cleaned "yesterday" with a bowl of rice cooked "yesterday" and more food cooked "yesterday" which turns out to be cooked last week. A customer sends back their chips as they are like cardboard and the server puts them back into the tray with the other chips. Gordon skims a layer of fat off one of the dishes and Gordon finds chives in the fridge that are 5 months old. Gordon also finds smelly curled up fish, oxidised steak wrapped in foil, pork sitting in blood and green, slimy chicken, all from "yesterday" aka as last Friday. In the walk in fridge there are massive portions of preprepared food including a garbage bin full of refried beans and ground beef that was half fat. Gordon tells Vic that he wouldn't trust him to run a bath. Gordon gets angry and tells Vic to take them into the restaurant when he refuses Gordon storms into the restaurant carrying the beans declaring that the restaurant is closed, leaving the beans for everyone to see.

 Gordon sits down with Yolanda who tells him that their marriage is suffering as is the relationship with Patty but Patty is more important to her than Vic. As Patty and Don's marriage is suffering too he is invited in for a chat. He isn't happy with how Vic treats Patty and promises to be more involved. Vic isn't happy Don is there and it turns quickly into an argument. Gordon enters the kitchen and moves some plates, he discovers an infestation of cockroaches, the staff don't acknowledge the problem and Patty and Yolanda had no idea, Vic however was aware of the critters. Gordon calls in an exterminator and walks out. He returns to be able to witness a full dinner service as last nights was cut short. They begin the dinner service prepped and serving fresh food. However the chefs overcook the rice and Yolanda steps in, this causes the kitchen to back up and customers are left waiting for food. On one table half the customers have no food whilst the others have eaten theirs. The broiler was not cleaned and is covering the food in soot and customers walk out in frustration. Gordon is also frustrated as their takings for the evening didn't even cover the cost of staff. He goes back to New York City overnight to ponder what drastic action to take. 

Gordon returns the next day with Chef Julieta Ballesteros, a top mexican chef. He has also had his team give the restaurant a makeover overnight with new chairs and tables and less clutter. There is also a new menu which Julieta teaches the chefs to prepare and cook. On relaunch night, they get off to a good start until food is sent back as cold and the chefs burn nachos. The Mayor calls to say he is going to be coming for dinner and the pressure is on. The kitchen however steps up and the Mayor brands the food as excellent and says he will come again. The other customers are also pleased with their food and overall the relaunch was a success. Gordon was impressed with Vic and takes him outside to unveil the new sign visible on the side of the building in the hopes of bringing in customers who drive along the busy highway next to the restaurant.

What Happened Next: The restaurant was seized in September 2008 due to failing to pay taxes that were owed. It had been closed previously in July 2007 for failing to pay taxes but paid in full and were allowed to reopen, they should have learnt their lesson then! In August 2008 there was a stabbing at the restaurant. Google Streetmap shows it empty and boarded up.


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28 comments:

  1. what happened

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  2. Easy,the food was real cr*p....of course it's closed.

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  3. I found on another site that they actually closed not because of food, but because the business was seized for failure to pay taxes. It makes sense that someone incapable of knowing what to do with live bugs in the kitchen wouldn't know a thing about paying taxes, either.

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  4. Owners opened at a different location, different name, but same shi*tty food

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  5. Too bad. I wanted that young woman to be able to be successful there, seeing as how her future is screwed with horrid credit (which isn't her fault).

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    1. OBVIOUSLY it was her fault.. You don't bail your step-dad out like that when he was a scrub to begin with!

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    2. It was her mother that pushed her into "helping" with the restaurant. I she hadn't been pushed by the family, she probably wouldn't have used her money like that.

      She was caught between "a rock and a hard place" - help out, or upset her mother.

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    3. yes it is her fault. she chose to get involved with a moron, and screw upsetting your mother, adults have to watch out for themselves. there is no such thing as "no fault" bankruptcy.

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    4. The stepfather was the biggest idiot I've ever seen!!

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  6. The roaches in this episode haunt my nightmares.

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    1. and just imagine how many restaurants have kitchens that look like that.

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  7. The owner of that place was crap with money. I'm not surprised they closed. I feel really sorry for the step-daughter, though. Poor girl probably went bankcrupt trying to help her dumb-ass stepdad.

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  8. biggiepants7 May 2013 07:11

    terrible that he used his stepdaughter's credit and then didn't let her have any say. while she saw he was ruining things: he'd run a restaurant into the ground already! wish she and her mother would have been stronger.

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  9. just saw this episode... the guy had a restaurant that failed... he then talks his wife and step-daughter into investing in a new restaurant where everything is exactly the same as the restaurant that already failed... he even just pastes a sticker over the old restaurants menu and reuses it... its like the definition of insanity... keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result... i feel bad but at the end of the day they all should have known better...

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  10. This place was so disgusting. Its embarrassing to actual Mexican food. This type of garbage is nicknamed "Tex-Mex"/"Tejano" food here in Texas. Its faux Americanized version of what Mexican food is. Ie: Canned refried pinto beans, yellow rice, flour burritos, corn chips, sour cream, gwackamole etc. Long story short; its not what actual Mexican food is supposed to look like, and its not what Hispanics eat. Not a single Mexican eats at those joints.

    I feel sorry for the step daughter that ruined her credit for this shithole, but this place is not a good representation of Mexican food. A taco truck serves more authentic stuff than them.

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  11. This location has been at least two other restaurants since Gordon Ramsey's visit. A new restaurant is being launched in the location for sometime in 2013.

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  12. This was a strong contender for most disgusting kitchen, but I think Dillons edged them out. I am going through and watching the older episodes I missed in first run. Generally I come here 95% sure they are now closed. This one I was 100% sure.

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  13. lol how could it possibly have stayed open? the kitchen belonged on an episode of hoarders, and it's crystal that no one trying to run it had a clue. about ANYTHING: food prep, business management, or basic credit principles. thank god a stabbing helped close it rather than food poisoning.

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  14. I'm watching this episode again on a day off... What's sad is that Vic and Yolanda have failed before, and they apparently haven't learned from that. From what I've read, Vic never really learned from, nor did he take advantage of Gordon's help and experience, so I'm not surprised he failed yet again. The place was seized for failure to pay taxes; evidently Vic hadn't truly learned about really running their business. Maybe he didn't care?
    I feel terrible for Patti the stepdaughter, whose credit was probably ruined by Vic's incompetence. I don't blame her husband for being angry about this at all. I do hope Patti and her family are doing well.

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  15. The stepfather was the biggest idiot I ever saw!

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  16. When you hire what are apparently illegals, or at least folks from the third world who haven't even learned English yet, you might run into some misunderstandings about health codes, cleanliness, freshness, expectations, and so forth.

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  17. LMAO nachos on fire, roaches, of course they're closed. This makes me never want to eat mexican food again. they ruined if for everyone

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  18. The only thing that caught my attention was the world: "Stabbing"

    Oh my god... I'm watching this episode now, and only the first 3 minutes are making me happy that they closed and I feel really sorry for that nice girl. I hope she's doing well somewhere.

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  19. Well firstly its clear Vic was ripping the business off and stealing money.

    The staff were either relatives bought over sponsored by the business, or picked up the side of the road seeing they were incapable of cooking rice. Vic was probably paying them a pittance whilst pocketing their on paper wages.

    It is also clear the capital used to create the business obtained from criminal sources. As Vic himself tells us that the son-in-law doesn't work and all he does is hunt and camp. You can't tell me that you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars hunting venison.

    The son-in-law, in my experience sounded and acted like a thug. the "I pay my bills, I even pay your bills, bitch" albeit a classic was a bit of a give away. The fact he was prepared to attack Vic on camera was also another giveaway.

    All of these people were responsible. The daughter failed to conduct due diligence. The wife was happy to leach off her daughter and helped Vic take the money. Vic was happy to steal. I reckon he was using it for prostitutes and gambling.

    However the worse part of all this was the state of the kitchen and the quality of the food. Clearly either the place was never inspected or the health food inspectors were leaving with large envelopes of cash because there are no other possible explanations.

    These people should have been prosecuted and imprisoned for the food they were serving. This food would have made people gravely ill, and possibly even killed someone. Considering its a highway stop location its clearly they were just burning through new customers.

    Lastly the mayor turning up was no accident. The place was on the radar of the authorities and they were clearly receiving complaints they were quashing.

    The failure to pay taxes was just a way to get rid of a embarrassment and a potential risk to the corrupt authorities.

    I'd love to know what end up on cutting room floor.

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  20. That is one of the dumbest things I've ever read I'm my life (referring to the post above)
    How can you say that when you had no clue what was going on and weren't there yourself? People like you who think they know everything and make assumptions are the people who make me sick and don't want to know.
    Jesus Christ.

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  21. I just rewatched this episode because I had forgotten how disgusting the kitchen was. It is definitely believable that they are no longer open.

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