(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 1 | View All Season 1 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 18, 2018
La Serenata Address: 10924 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064
La Serenata was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on Season 1 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back. Though the La Serenata 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired in July 2018, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in late 2017. It was Episode 5 of Season 1.
La Serenata is located in Los Angeles, California on Pico Blvd.
It’s not too far from Santa Monica and Venice Beach, if you’re not familiar with your Los Angeles landmarks. It’s also not too far from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The restaurant is owned by Aurora.
Her son Marco Sr is the manager and her grandson Marco Jr is the chef.
Movie studios and celebrities encircle the restaurant thanks to its location.
In 1984, Aurora and her husband opened their first restaurant.
Since it was successful, they opened two more.
After health problems, Aurora’s husband passed away.
Marco Sr wants to update the restaurant, but Aurora won’t let him.
The two fight so much at La Serenata it is distracting to the diners and staff.
They are months away from closure and desperately need help from Gordon Ramsay and 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
They already had to sell their other two restaurants and Aurora’s home. She is now living with Marco’s family.
Gordon comes in disguised as a tourist, which makes sense in LA.
He is with French tourists from a tour bus. They order Mexican dishes.
The waiter is sweating so much he sweats into the tortilla soup he serves Gordon. It’s super gross!
The breakfast burrito also tastes disgusting, so the food isn’t getting much better..
Gordon then calls everyone to the table and takes off his disguise.
Aurora is not happy when Gordon says that Marco was rude as he served the meals.
Everyone, including the patrons, go to the Hell on Wheels Truck to see hidden footage from the restaurant.
There is footage of cross-contamination, fighting, and expired foods.
Gordon invites the customers to come back the next night for the relaunch.
The staff complains they aren’t managed, and Marco Sr blames them for its failure.
The team gets to remove all of the furniture to begin the renovations.
Gordon inspects the kitchen and finds moldy food like spoiled kale that smells terrible.
The kitchen staff has to deep clean the kitchen while Gordon meets for a one on one with Aurora.
She becomes emotional talking about her deceased husband, and Gordon calls Marco Sr over.
He says he doesn’t have the respect his father had.
Marco Jr says he wished he had learned more from his grandfather while still alive.
Gordon shows the kitchen staff a new menu designed specifically for their kitchen.
He shows them how to make a mussel dish and leaves them with his team to get trained.
Gordon is happy when Marco begins to own up to his mistakes.
He isn’t sure he is ready to take over the restaurant yet.
Gordon reminds the family of their father’s legacy by showing them a videotape that includes him.
Marco says sorry for his behavior and reconciles with his mom. The staff samples the new meals and are very happy.
He then shows them all the new appliances and leaves Marco Jr in charge of the kitchen.
The timer goes off, and relaunch begins.
The customers are highly impressed with the contemporary décor.
Marco Sr gets nervous and starts bringing food to the wrong table.
In the kitchen, Marco Jr is cooking the same meals twice.
Eventually, the staff gets it together, and the relaunch is successful.
There are food critics at the relaunch. They love the food and are happy with the changes.
La Serenata Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the La Serenata Gordon Ramsay visit, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon left the building and the 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired on TV.
Once Gordon was gone, the La Serenata owners started to go back to their old habits and views.
Most notably, they’ve started moving back to the old menu from before Gordon Ramsay.
With that being said, it seems to be working as the restaurant has been doing quite good since the La Serenata 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode.
Let’s talk about it…
Is La Serenata still open after Gordon Ramsay?
As of 2022, La Serenata is still open and serving customers in Los Angeles, California. Reviews on Yelp are generally positive, as the restaurant has a four star rating on over 500 reviews.
Reviewers generally praise the service and food, though there are a few complaints about the prices (and some people didn’t have good service experiences).
The La Serenata owners had owned other locations of the restaurant in the past (all within the Los Angeles area), but those were all closed before the La Serenata Gordon Ramsay visit.
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Last updated: 2022-01-31 06:49