Sunday, 29 May 2011

US Season 5 - Mike and Nellie's - CLOSED

Open or closed? CLOSED
Location: Oakhurst, NJ

Episode Summary: Chef Mike's restaurant opened in 1996 by father Nellie and son Mike, it has gone downhill after his father sadly passed away and he has been left to run the restaurant alone.Mikes daughters also work there as hostess and server. Mike was doing everything and the restaurant has been neglected allowing it to fall into disrepair with mouldy carpet. Gordon arrives and straight away notices an unpleasant smell in the restaurant. Gordon meets Mike who tells him the restaurant decor hasn't been changed in 15 years. Server Jeanine confirms to Gordon that the smell is mouldy carpet.

Gordon sits down to sample the food and tries the linguine with shrimp sauce, Chicken Murphy and The Steak Nellie. He is not impressed, the linguine is bland and watery, the chicken is a joke and the steak is burnt. He tells Mike the food was awful and the menu outdated, he denies any problem. Gordon witnesses the dinner service, the food goes out fast but the customers aren't impressed. After the service Mike admits that he drinks a lot, that he is struggling and has no passion since his father died. Gordon sits and talks to the rest of the family about Mike. Gordon inspects the kitchen and finds contaminated food in the fridge. The kitchen is given a deep clean and Gordon cooks some dishes with Daniel and Mike.

Gordon revamps the restaurant, ripping up the mouldy carpets and unveils a new sign branding the restaurant as a Steakhouse. Gordon also revamps the menu adding more steak dishes and also some popular classics. They sample the menu and are all impressed with the food. Relaunch night and the restaurant is packed, there is a challenge for Mike that evening as he has to delegate some to other staff to take the load off. The relaunch starts well with food going out quickly but Mike soon tries to do everything and starts confusing the kitchen. Gordon steps in and Dan is back in control. The relaunch was a success with the food going down very well with the customers.

What Happened Next: In the weeks following filming business was booming and the menu was a big hit.Yelp reviews after filming were mostly good. They closed on January 21st 2012. This message was posted on their website

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Mike & Nellie’s will be open for it’s final night, January 21. It’s been a great run. Thank you to all my friends, relatives and loyal customers who have been there with me for the last 15+ years. When the time is right, I will let you know where I will be.
-Mike & (Nellie)" 

Chef Mike appeared on Fox show Good Day Cafe. In May 2012, Mike was reported in New Jersey Monthly as  managing and cooking at Ray’s Little Silver Seafood Market but on the Facebook page on June 27th 2012 says "Not anymore, that place is a joke." and that he is currently "cheffing in freehold right now at Park33, mostly banquets" and "no its a restaurant also, just beginning to morph it into mine"
Extra Reading
Mike & Nellie's Twitter Page

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  1. Seems like they're closed now:

  2. They shut down at January 21st. Check their Website *A message from the owner*

  3. As of January 21, 2012 - they are CLOSED.

  4. He avoided further disaster by closing bfore Sandy destroyed that area.

  5. Its sad we Knew Nellie and his wife. Even after he died I felt that the food was still very good. The biggest mistake was to air a program about the Restaurant.It was there Dome 4 Sure.

    1. Blame everybody but the owner. Obviously there were problems or he would not have asked for help. Most likely like most of these restaurants that Ramsey tries to help they are financial so stressed that they just cannot recover. Many are closed due to taxes owed or banks foreclose.

    2. Clearly it was Ramsay's fault, and not the week old food in the fridge and the carpet that made anyone walk in there go "What the hell is that smell?". Yes, must have been Gordon.

  6. Hope they're doing well, at least.

  7. They Asked For Gordon Help And He Tried To Help Them But They Went Back To Their Old Ways!

  8. I'm so sorry for them ..... daughters were very sweet and loving. I hope they're doing ok