Open or closed? CLOSED
Location: West Nyack, NY
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.