Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Little Market Cafe, Jaxon Edwin, Phoenix Upper Main - 24 Hours to Hell and Back

Tonight at 8pm ET on Fox is a special two-hour episode of 24 Hours to Hell and back where Gordon Ramsay is in Ellicott City, Maryland to help businesses that have been sustained flood damage in 2016 and 2018.  This is a special episode where interior designer Nate Berkus, former MLB player Cal Ripken Jr. and former NFL player Torrey Smith help Gordon Ramsay with the makeover.

The three businesses that are being renovated are Little Market Cafe, Jaxon Edwin, Phoenix Emporium and Ellicott Mills Brewing.  Phoenix Emporium and Ellicott Mills Brewing merged and is now called Phoenix Upper Main.  As this is a special episode, I will not do the normal update, however I will provide links and information about the restaurants below.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Caneda's White Rooster Has Closed - 24 Hours to Hell and Back Update

Caneda's White Rooster in Toms River, NJ which appeared on season 3 of 24 Hours to Hell and Back has closed.  The restaurant posted the following message on their Facebook page on March 18th, 2020:

"I have a heavy heart. It was 12 years ago when my life took a very sad and difficult turn in the aftermath of a divorce and I was left with nothing.
It took me almost four years to find my home and career in this business and I have been going with all that I am ever since. Over the last 16 months with the generosity and support of Jay & Jeremy Grunin I was able to keep going on a scale I could only dream of. I am grateful to them for the opportunity. This is not an easy business and when you are in love with it you fight through every bad day and you keep dreaming and hoping it all works out. I built a team that I am so proud of and grateful for. Without their hard work and positive attitudes I wouldn’t have gained your support and appreciation for what we have tried to offer this community. They are stars in my heart always. My grandparents and my children have been my inspiration and motivation from the beginning. My love for food and serving you is my passion. This is who I am.
When I started my business at the shoppe I had only made empanadas twice in my life but I believed in my abilities and I went for it. I put blinders on and I have worked so hard.
I really tried.
Unfortunately there are so many things that have come to be that are out of my control and I have spent the last couple of weeks in a daze of sorts. I wanted this restaurant to be the change we welcomed and maybe I got it wrong. I still believe that there is something I can do to make a difference and my spirit won’t rest until I have accomplished that. For me, this was more than a business. It was my heart. I want to thank every single person who has supported my dream and shared the love. I am back to where I started 12 years ago with a clear understanding that this business is still where I belong. As of today Caneda’s White Rooster will be closed and will not reopen. I ask that you continue to support small businesses and buy local because you are keeping someone’s dream alive. Life is so short and all we want to do is make it the best it can be. Some of us take a risk because there is nothing else that will make us complete and proud of ourselves. I am one of those people. I won’t stop dreaming. I won’t stop trying and I hope you will see me again..........someday. I was so close.
Thank you for all the love,
Patty Caneda"

Caneda's White Rooster appeared on 24 Hours to Hell and Back in January 2020 and the episode was filmed in October 2019.  So the restaurant closed just five months after the episode was filmed and two months after the episode aired.  Caneda's White Rooster put out a new menu in the beginning of March, so perhaps the coronavirus shutdowns had an impact on Patty's decision to close the restaurant.


Caneda's White Rooster has been marked as 'Closed' on the 24 Hours to Hell and Back updates page and here is the detailed update from when the episode aired. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Southern Boulevard (SoBo) Has Closed - 24 Hours to Hell and Back Update

Southern Boulevard (also known as SoBo) in Little Rock, Arkansas which just appeared on 24 Hours to Hell and Back has closed.

In the update from when the episode aired, it was reported that the restaurant closed for the weekend to supposedly prepare for Tuesday's watch party.  They stated on Facebook, "We are so pumped and excited for our show to air this Tuesday. Unfortunately, due to the high demand for reservations for our watch party, we are allowing extra time off for staff and training to better-prepare ourselves for what’s to come! See you guys after the weekend! Our sincere apologies for being closed these few days."

I thought that was a little strange to close the restaurant on a weekend to prepare for a busy night and it appears I was right.  Fox16 is reporting that the restaurant is closed and was closed the night of the supposed watch party as well.  The property owner said that the restaurant was evicted and is $22,000 behind in rent.  When 24 Hours to Hell and Back asked the property owner for permission to film, owner Jermaine Burton promised to catch up on payments after the show was over, but that apparently didn't happen.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission also said Southern Boulevard's license was suspended in January 2020 for unpaid taxes.


Jermaine said he denies some of the statements made by the landlord and that he hopes he can work out an arrangement to get his business up and running.


Southern Boulevard's Facebook page has been taken down for the moment and it shows up as a broken link.  Southern Boulevard (SoBo) has now been marked as 'Closed' on the 24 Hours to Hell and Back Updates page.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

South Boulevard (SoBo) - 24 Hours to Hell and Back Update

On tonight's 2-hour season finale of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Little Rock, Arkansas to try to save South Boulevard.  South Boulevard is also known as SoBo and serves fusion dishes such as Korean bbq, steaks and sushi.  The restaurant just opened in April 2019 and the owner is having problems taking charge of the restaurant.  Gordon Ramsay also finds food in the kitchen that is rotten and should not be served to customers.


Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for South Boulevard since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Bear's Den Pizza - 24 Hours to Hell and Back Update

On tonight's 2-hour season finale of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Conway, Arkansas to try to save Bear's Den Pizza.  Bear's Den Pizza is a pizza restaurant and bar whose owner has a hard time keeping quiet.  While Gordon is there he finds that the restaurant is in disarray due to the owner's drinking and violent outbursts.  He will need to calm the owner and help him find his direction if he wants to save the restaurant.


Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Bear's Den Pizza since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Park Restaurant & Bar - 24 Hours to Hell and Back Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Oak Park, California to try to save The Park Restaurant & Bar.  The Park Restaurant & Bar is a gastrobpub owned by Angelika Baran and her husband Kirin Stone who tragically lost their home in the Woolsey fire in 2018.  Gordon Ramsay needs to turn the restaurant around to help both Angelika's restaurant and family survive.  Rob Gronkowski is a special guest on this episode as a decoy so Gordon Ramsay can experience the food and issues first hand.



Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Park Restaurant & Bar since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

24 Hours to Hell and Back - Southern Kitchen Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Richmond, Virginia to try to save Southern Kitchen.  Southern Kitchen is a family-owned southern restaurant owned by Shane Robert-Thomas.  The restaurant is in trouble and the family is being torn apart by bankruptcy after putting everything they have into their business.



Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Southern Kitchen since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

24 Hours to Hell and Back - Halterman's Eatery (Seafarer's) Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Manquin, Virginia to try to save Seafarer's Restaurant.  Seafarer's is a family-owned seafood restaurant that is supposed to be supporting three households.  While Gordon Ramsay is there, he finds one of the most disgusting kitchens he has seen and thinks the restaurant should be thriving in its location.  During the 24 Hours to Hell and Back makeover Gordon Ramsay renames Seafarer's Restaurant to Halterman's Eatery.



Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Halterman's since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

24 Hours to Hell and Back - Botto's Italian Line Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Swedesboro, New Jersey to try to save Botto's Italian Line.  Botto's Italian Line is a family-owned Italian restaurant that has an outdated interior which Gordon Ramsay says reminds him of a funeral parlor.  Gordon is also disgusted by the kitchen and finds disgusting nacho cheese and guacamole that does not belong in an Italian restaurant.


Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Botto's Italian Line since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

24 Hours to Hell and Back - Caneda's White Rooster Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Toms River, New Jersey to try to save Caneda's White Rooster.  Caneda's White Rooster is a Cuban-fusion restaurant which opened in August 2018, and Gordon Ramsay is supposedly needed after a year in business.  The owner Patty Caneda is in denial about her restaurant and an investor is almost ready to pull the plug on his investment.


Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Caneda's White Rooster since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Vasi's Taverna From 24 Hours to Hell and Back Has Closed

Vasi's Taverna in Waterbury, Connecticut which appeared on season two of 24 Hours to Hell and Back has closed.  The restaurant closed in January 2020 and posted the following message on their Facebook page:

"Since February 2002, Vasi’s Taverna (formerly known as Vasi’s Restaurant and Bar), has been honored to serve the greater Waterbury area. Despite the support of our loyal customers and our efforts to rebrand over the last year, we have made the difficult decision to close our doors. We thank all of our loyal customers and employees for the great run we had.
If you have any question or concerns regarding our closing, please leave a message 203.755.3936 and we will return your call. Thank you all very much."

During the 24 Hours to Hell and Back makeover, Gordon Ramsay decided to rename their restaurant from Vasi's Restaurant and Bar to Vasi's Taverna and they did keep the name.  The restaurant closes after 18 years in business and a year after the Gordon Ramsay visit.

In a CT Post article, owner Vasilios Kaloidis said he closed after receiving an offer to be bought.  The deal ended up falling through, but he already told staff and returned deposits for upcoming events at the restaurant.  After that, he "didn't have the heart to reopen" and the restaurant remains for sale.  Vasilios also said he doesn't blame the 24 Hours to Hell and Back for closing and business increased a little bit after the show aired, then went back to normal.  Vasilios also went back to his normal menu based on customer feedback.


Vasi's Taverna has now been marked as 'Closed' on the 24 Hours to Hell and Back Updates page

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

24 Hours to Hell and Back - Blend on Main Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Manasquan, New Jersey to try to save Blend on Main.  Blend on Main is owned by Lou Smith who is also the chef of the restaurant.  The restaurant is in a tourist town and Gordon Ramsay needs to figure out how to keep the restaurant busy in the off-season.  While Gordon is there, he finds that Lou's personality is causing a lot of conflicts in the restaurant and with Gordon Ramsay.


Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Blend on Main since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

24 Hours to Hell and Back - Lowery's Seafood Restaurant Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Tappahannock, Virginia to try to save Lowery's Seafood Restaurant.  Lowery's Seafood Restaurant is a seafood restaurant that has been family owned and operated for over 80 years.  Gordon Ramsay finds that the owners are at odds over who is in charge and that the staff doesn't know who to look to for leadership.



Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Lowery's Seafood Restaurant since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).


Monday, January 6, 2020

Stone's Throw from 24 Hours to Hell and Back Has Closed

Stone's Throw in Seymour, Connecticut which appeared on season two of 24 Hours to Hell and Back has closed.  The restaurant is marked as 'Closed' on all of the online review sites and the last post the restaurant had on Facebook was November 19, 2019.  The restaurant closed shortly after that.  Customers are asking why the restaurant closed, but Stone's Throw has yet to respond.

The Stone's Throw property is also listed for sale and the current asking price is $1,425,000.  Here is a link to the listing that has the description and pictures.

UPDATE - The building sold for $802,361. (Link)

Stone's Throw has now been marked as 'Closed' on the 24 Hours to Hell and Back Updates page.