(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: June 27, 2018
Brownstone Bistro Address: 5047 Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90019
Brownstone Bistro was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on Season 1 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
Though the Brownstone Bistro 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired in June 2018, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in 2018.
It was Episode 3 of Season 1.
The Brownstone Bistro is located in Los Angeles, California.
It is a creole restaurant owned by Clive Jackson.
The restaurant has been open for five years and is struggling, which is why it desperately needs help from Gordon Ramsay and 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
There’s some sad backstory here…
Clive’s son, Clive Jr., was shot, and Clive became depressed.
To help him overcome such a tragic situation, Clive threw himself into his work.
He is a very kind and generous man, and sometimes his staff takes advantage of him.
When Gordon Ramsay arrives in disguise, the servers look unhappy.
There is also no one to greet him at the host stand.
When he orders his food, Gordon is served cold chicken wings and processed cheese.
Gordon shuts down the restaurant and calls the staff into the dining room.
One of the servers yawns as Gordon gives the team feedback.
Clive says the restaurant has six months left before it will need to close, so they definitely need to find a way to turn things around with Gordon’s help.
Gordon then takes the staff to the Hell on Wheels Truck and shows the staff footage of them on their phones and unsanitary conditions.
The general manager, Nicole, is caught laughing at the footage.
This looks bad because unsanitary food hygiene really isn’t a laughing matter – it can get people sick.
When Gordon confronts her, she becomes very rude and defensive.
Clive is ready to change things. Gordon starts the clock to the relaunch.
Gordon reads online reviews of the Brownstone Bistro to the staff.
The complaints say the team is distracted by football on television, cold food, and long wait times.
Nicole says the kitchen staff needs more training, and then the restaurant will run better.
That kind of seems like it’s her job, given that she’s the general manager, right?
Gordon wants commitment from the staff to work hard to make things work.
Terrance, a line cook, leaves.
Gordon brings in his design team, and they begin to put in new furnishings and décor.
Gordon goes to inspect the kitchen.
The kitchen is filthy, and the grill is full of grease, making it a fire hazard.
Clive is emotional at the state of the restaurant.
Clive tells Gordon he is still grieving the loss of his fourteen-year-old son, which is why this is a very sad episode.
He was hot near the restaurant, and Clive was the first one on the scene.
He tries to make amends by saving other kids.
There was pressure put on his marriage, and now his wife left him and took their daughter.
Gordon takes the staff to the truck and teaches them how to cook the red snapper.
Everyone loves the dish that the kitchen makes.
The next day the new kitchen is revealed, and it is more spacious than before.
There is also a new POS system from Touchbistro.
Before, the restaurant used paper tickets, which wasn’t efficient and caused problems during busy periods.
Gordon meets with Clive’s ex-wife Deedee and facilitates a reconciliation.
Gordon reveals a tree he put in the restaurant in honor of Clive Jr.
Customers can leave a friendly message on the tree.
Everyone is pleased with the relaunch.
The restaurant has a new modern look, and everyone is impressed.
So was the Brownstone Bistro Gordon Ramsay visit a long-term success?
Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Los Angeles restaurant is still open in 2023.
Brownstone Bistro Update - What Happened Next?
Brownstone Bistro has an up and down story after the Brownstone Bistro 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired.
Clive kept the new menu that Gordon introduced and reviews seemed to generally be positive.
However, it would not last forever…
Is the Brownstone Bistro still open?
Brownstone Bistro closed in October 2018, just four months after the episode aired and around a year after the visit from Gordon Ramsay and the Hell on Wheels truck.
Soon after that, new owners purchased the restaurant and renamed it to Brownstone LA.
You can see a 2018 Loopnet listing for the Brownstone Bistro Los Angeles property to learn about it.
The listing advertises it as a “Former famous Brownstone Bistro restaurant near Pico Blvd and La Brea Ave.”
The new owners reopened it in January 2019.
They kept Clive’s menu and the Brownstone name, so it was very much the same restaurant (just under different ownerships).
The restaurant closed again soon after in September 2019, however, which is why I’m marked Brownstone Bistro as closed on our 24 Hours to Hell and Back open or closed list.
As of 2022, Yelpers marked Brownstone LA as permanently closed and the restaurant didn’t have any activity on its social media channels.
In the most recent Google Maps street view update for the Brownstone Bistro LA property, it appears to still be vacant.
If you know anything about what’s happening at the old Brownstone Bistro location, please let me know in the comments section.
What happened to Clive from Brownstone Bistro?
A lot of people are wondering what happened to Clive Jackson from Brownstone Bistro after it closed.
Sadly, Clive Jackson seems to be homeless as of 2023, as evidenced in this March 2023 article from the Santa Monica Mirror.
After bouncing around between his friend’s homes, Clive eventually ended up on Skid Row.
To help get Clive into a better situation, a local organizer created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Clive.
The page raised over $53,000 to go towards housing for Clive, so I hope he’s in a better situation.
The Brownstone Bistro reviews after Gordon Ramsay
At the time that the Brownstone Bistro closed, it had an overall 4 star rating on Yelp, which includes reviews from both before and after the Brownstone Bistro Gordon Ramsay visit.
In general, the reviews from after Gordon’s visit seemed to be more positive than negative.
While not perfect, most of the reviews seem to have been five stars.
Final thoughts on The Brownstone Bistro
Overall, this one has a pretty sad ending because the restaurant closed and Clive ended up homeless.
However, I hope that the GoFundMe is able to get Clive into a better situation.
That wraps up my Brownstone Bistro 24 Hours to Hell and Back Update.
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Last updated: 2023-06-22 08:00