Monday, October 3, 2016

Nino's Italian Restaurant From Kitchen Nightmares Has Closed

Nino’s Italian Restaurant in Long Beach, California, which was featured on season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares has closed. The restaurant closed in August 2016 and posted the following message on their Facebook page:

“It’s Time to Say Good Bye - Nino’s celebrated its 58th Anniversary on July 31, and will be closing its doors on August 14, 2016. This is my family business and I was born into the restaurant family.
We didn’t expect the outpouring of customers upon announcing we are closing Nino’s. As a result, we have been running out of sauce, pizza dough, lasagna, and meatballs every night! Starting early every morning to cook we are proud of everyone’s effort to making our closing a tribute to my dad, Vincenzo “Nino” Cristiano. What an honor for us that guests are flying in from Texas, Atlanta, Washington, and Miami for a “last meal” with us! Some of our guests flying in just for the night and out the next day. As a family and staff, we are truly touched by this outpouring. We have enjoyed all the heartfelt memories shared and it is nice to see the frequency of people (every day if not every other day) wanting to get their last fill of old fashioned Italian. Definitely an era is ending with the closing of our doors representing the 1950’s Italian families meeting America with their cuisine. One of my favorite songs is by Dean Martin, “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You” makes us feel very good about our closing the doors in respect to the outpouring of love you have given us in the last few weeks of business. It has been an honor to serve and cook for you since 1958! We are grateful for the many friendships and cherished memories born at Nino’s. Heartfelt thank you for a wonderful ending, “That’s Amore.” We love you too!
Friday, August 12 will be the last day of operation for the full service dining. Due to recent phone calls, text messages, and private FB’s messages, we are trying to accommodate more people over the weekend even with our banquet rooms booked. We have prior booked banquets so we will only have one dining room available for August 13 and August 14. Thursday night (August 11) and Friday (August 12) night we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Dinner hours will be from 3:30 to 10 (kitchen closing at 9 pm). Saturday and Sunday 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
Our history: July 31, 2016, marked 58 years in business for my family owned and operated legacy restaurant. Vincenzo “Nino” and Inge Cristiano opened the doors on July 31, 1958 one day in advance of their scheduled opening. My parents, Vincenzo and Inge Cristiano were new immigrants to America, landing in Long Beach in 1957 with my brothers a 4-year-old and 2 week old Nino and Mike. My parents started their restaurant business a year later when they took roots and their hearts felt at home after their world travels. My father’s brand for his new local eatery was “A little bit of Italy in Long Beach” and that is what he brought with his delicious antipasto salad, homemade minestrone soup, pizza, lasagna, manicotti, eggplant parmesan, chicken cacciatore, and much more!
Over the years, my family grew and each person had their contribution to the restaurant dynamics. My father had several nicknames including: “Nino Senior” Mr. Cristiano Boss, and The King. As a family we worked tirelessly in our restaurant business. I started hosting when I was 5 years old and full station waitress by 11 years old. I remember being in first grade and asking my teacher for the “tax sheet” so I could add taxes to the addition problems she gave me to do.
Our 16 table cloth restaurant grew by a large dining room, private fireplace dining room and, one banquet room with a full cocktail service bar. My father was also the person who petition and “fought City Hall” for outdoor patio dining. In my later teens we added a full scale catering service to our facility as well. My dad was also the leader in enforcing the smoking ordinance stating “it was unhealthy for customers and his staff to inhale second hand smoke!” I personally never had to suffer bronchitis again once the ordinance was in effect. From a personal experience, I know having nonsmoking restaurant establishments improves the quality of life for employees.
One of my contribution to our restaurant and business community was being a founding member of First Fridays. I knew Bixby Knolls needed transformation in arts, culture and small business. I also knew I needed to find a way to get our retail partners along the corridor to stay open later. As a result of my tenacity, teamwork mentality, and vision, I worked on securing funding from F&M Bank and Wachovia Bank. I also recruited other businesses and took a concept to reality with implementation. Working alongside our other founding members, Keith Lewis, Peter Dopulos, Doug Orr, and Krista Leaders, we created a lasting monthly event now taken over by the Bixby Knolls Business Association. Thanks to these efforts it encompasses the Bixby Knolls Atlantic Corridor from San Antonio Drive to Wardlow Road.
Nino’s Italian Restaurant is filled with rich memories and 5 generations of patrons. My family (Mother Inge, Brothers Nino and Mike, and Niece Jaclyn) and staff (Alfredo, Alvaro, Valentine, Ervin, Pedro, and Ivin) of many years has served many dinners, first dates, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, reunions, corporate dinners, and even funerals. Sadly, even my dad’s funeral was held there on October 21, 2014. For us it isn’t the same without Dad. My mom is 82 years old and as a family, we have decided to close the doors and retire this family business. I personally feel it is the right time for us to enjoy more meals and outings together than to work serving meals. We had a wonderful life and met so many wonderful customers now considered friends, but I think it is a good time for us to move forward in life. I like what my brother Nino Cristiano (namesake of business) says, “Most families do not spend the amount of time together that we have, working alongside of one another and on our days off we are together too. We love the restaurant and the memories, but it is time for us to just be a family and not a restaurant family."
On August 14, 9:00 p.m. we officially say good bye to our restaurant life.
Nino’s hours will be 3:30 to 10 pm nightly from August 1 to August 12."

The building is listed for sale at $2,500,000 and includes the building, parking lot and kitchen. Nino’s is the sixth restaurant from season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares to close and the Kitchen Nightmares Update Page has been updated with this information.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mojito Cuban Cuisine From Kitchen Nightmares Has Closed

Mojito Cuban Cuisine in Brooklyn, New York, which was featured on season three of Kitchen Nightmares has closed.

The restaurant posted the following message on their Facebook page yesterday,
"In behalf of our entire staff. We want to thank all our Patrons for 13 years of support and loyalty, Mojito Cuban Cuisine . Brooklyn location is Closed Stand by for our next Chapter. All the love #chefmkv"
The restaurant reported that business went up 30 percent after the Kitchen Nightmares visit in 2010, but it appears a lot of recent Yelp reviews were 1-star.  This is the 8th restaurant to close from season three of Kitchen Nightmares and the Kitchen Nightmares Updates Page has been updated with this information.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mill Street Bistro From Kitchen Nightmares Has Closed

Photo - Fox
Mill Street Bistro in Norwalk, Ohio, which was featured on season six of Kitchen Nightmares has closed.  The restaurant changed its name to Maple City Tavern after the show aired and suffered from bad reviews on Yelp and Tripadvisor, many of which complained about the owner

The Norwalk Reflector reported that the building that the restaurant was in sold for $140,000.

A separate article on Norwalk Reflector interviewed owner Joe Nagy and he says he has no regrets about doing the show and that he is still involved in other food-related businesses.

In January 2014, Gordon Ramsay allegedly settled a dispute between himself and Joe Nagy over a box of missing meat, damaged ceiling tiles, and a missing cooking pot (Link).

This will be the fifth restaurant from season six of Kitchen Nightmares to close and the Kitchen Nightmares Updates Page has been updated with this information.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Secret Garden Restaurant From Kitchen Nightmares Has Closed

Secret Garden Restaurant in Moorpark, California from season one of Kitchen Nightmares has closed.  The restaurant posted a link on their Facebook page at the end of November 2015 had the following message:
Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Saturday, November 28th will be Chef Michel's last day at The Secret Garden. The business has been sold. We are so thankful for so many things. At this time of year, we celebrate you, our incredible customers that have come to feel more like family. Thank you for your many years of patronage and support.

Chef Michel is looking into other ventures. Keep an eye on your inbox or like us on facebook to stay up to date on what's happening next.

As we look forward to celebrating the holidays ahead, we want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family the very Happiest and Healthiest of Holidays.

We're keeping the email, so feel free to reach out to us at with questions or comments.

Everything has been removed from the restaurant website and it now simply says "SOLD."  As it looks like there will not be new owners operating the restaurant under the same name, this restaurant will be marked as 'Closed' on the Kitchen Nightmares Update Page.  This was the last open restaurant with the same owners from season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Amy's Baking Company Is Officially Closed

Back in July 2015, it was reported that Amy's Baking Company from Kitchen Nightmares was in negotiations to sell their property and when the sale went through, they would close the business. 

It appears today is the day that they have closed the restaurant.  They posted the following picture on their social media accounts:

Amy and Sam confirmed the above tweet was in reference to their closing of Amy's Baking Company in this tweet, and said they are working on several other projects.  In the previous article, Amy and Sam said they still plan to continue making desserts and pastries and also plan to do online instructional videos.

Now that they are officially closed,  the Kitchen Nightmares Updates Page has been updated to show Amy's Baking Company as closed.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amy's Baking Company From Kitchen Nightmares To Close

Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona which was featured on season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares will soon close if the sale of their restaurant goes through.  They are in negotiations to sell their property and the prospective buyers are from France.  The deal is expected to be finalized next month if the new owners get their visa and immigration approvals.

The Phoenix Business Journal first reported the news and said that if the sale goes through Amy and Samy Bouzaglo will still continue to make desserts.  They plan on selling custom-made desserts and pastries to restaurants, caterers, and other businesses.  Amy also plans to make online instructional cooking videos and have an online cooking school featuring desserts that she makes.

Amy's Baking Company is the most popular episode of Kitchen Nightmares ever due to Gordon Ramsay walking out during their episode and the story going viral after the episode aired.  After the episode aired, fans of the show were outspoken against the restaurant and Amy's Baking Company responded to many of those fans and verbally attacked and insulted them.  Amy's Baking Company claims their restaurant's Facebook Page was hacked and they didn't post any of those insults.

When/If the sale goes through and the restaurant closes, the Kitchen Nightmares Updates Page will be updated to show Amy's Baking Company as closed.

UPDATE - On 9/1/2015, Amy's Baking Company officially closed.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chiarella's Ristorante From Kitchen Nightmares Has Closed

Chiarella's Ristorante in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which was featured on season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares has closed. Their last day of business was June 30, 2015 and they said they closed due to the landlord pushing them out after their lease ended.  Owner Dina Chiarella was quoted in a article as saying, "We're not closing because we want to close."  Dina also seems to be replying to people's negative comments about the restaurant on another local article  

It isn't know if Chiarella's will try to open elsewhere, but the restaurant hasn't posted anything about the closure on their Facebook page.

This is the 8th restaurant from season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares to close and the Kitchen Nightmares Update Page has been updated with this information. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kitchen Nightmares Series Finale

The series finale of Kitchen Nightmares will air Friday, September 12th at 9pm on Fox.  During this special episode, Gordon Ramsay will be revisiting some of the worst restaurants that have appeared on the show.

On this episode, Gordon will be visiting La Galleria(season 6) in Boston, MA to see if owners Rita and Lisa have kept up with his improvements.  Gordon also visits the Olde Hitching Post (season 6) in Hanson, MA to see if the owner Tom gave control of the restaurant to his daughter Andrea.

Another restaurant Gordon revisits is Prohibition Gastropub (season 6) in Everett, Washington.  The owner Rishi was a professional belly dancer, and he wants to see if she has given up dancing to focus on running the restaurant.

All three restaurants he is visiting are still open, and to see how all of the restaurants that have appeared on the show are doing, visit the Kitchen Nightmares Updates page.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kitchen Nightmares Comes To An End

Photo - Fox
Gordon Ramsay has announced that both the US and UK versions of Kitchen Nightmares will be ending after he is complete filming the final four episodes for the UK version.  In a statement on Gordon Ramsay's website, he states:
As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I've decided to stop making the show.

I'm currently filming 4 new episodes, Costa Del Nightmares, for Channel 4 which will be my last. I've had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It’s been a blast but it's time to call it a day.

Starting in 2004 this was the show that really propelled my TV career and I'm very grateful for the amazing team behind the series and for the support from the viewers for almost over a decade! From the first episode which aired in April 2004 with over 5 million viewers we're now 12 seasons later and it's been an amazing journey. In 2007 we took the show to America on Fox and they've just finished airing series 7 this summer. During this time I've visited over 100 restaurants, meeting and trying to help or in some cases failing to help, some of the most weird and wonderful people. Of course Amy's Baking Company is a standout along with Bonaparte's but there were good times too; the lovely sisters at La Galleria and Momma Cherri's to name but two.

I'd like to thank you all for being so supportive. I'm glad I've been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way. It's sad to say goodbye to Kitchen Nightmares but I'll be continuing with my other shows. It's been memorable!  Thank you for watching.

- Gordon

Facts from over the years
  • Kitchen Nightmares ran for 10 years 
  • 123 restaurants in 99 cities within 2 countries were visited
  • If you watched all episodes back-to-back it would run for 6,868 minutes
  • Episodes sold into 150 territories globally
  • The Kitchen Nightmares format was produced locally for 30 territories around the world
  • Swear count – 10,197
  • The show brought in $37.3 million in ad revenue during the 2012-13 season – more than any other Friday FOX original series that season
  • The show was the most viewed TV show across networks during the Friday time slot
  • Tears – 0.4 gallons
  • Meltdowns - 27
  • Walkouts - 1
  • Mice – 1
  • Meows – 6
  • First ever episode was watched by 5.7 million people
  • 2 ulcers and 2.3 litres of Pepto Bismol
  • 234 Zantacs consumed

This website will still be updated as more restaurants that have appeared on the show close.  To see updates on all of the restaurants that have appeared on the show, visit the Kitchen Nightmares Updates page.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Kitchen Nightmares Bella Luna Update - Closed Already

On tonight's episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay is in Easton, PA to help out Bella Luna Ristorante.  The restaurant is being run by a mother and her son.  The mother has no restaurant experience and does not want to take blame for anything.  They claim they are using fresh ingredients, when most of them are frozen.  Finally, when Gordon goes into the walk in refrigerator, he finds tons of rotten food.

Kitchen Nightmares visited Bella Luna Ristorante back in July of 2013 to film the episode, and I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Bella Luna Ristorane to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Gordon Ramsay visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Kitchen Nightmares):