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Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: January 7, 2020
Lowery's Seafood Restaurant Address: 528 N Church Ln Tappahannock, VA 22560
Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant was a Tappahannock, Virginia restaurant featured on Season 3 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back. Though the Lowery’s Seafood 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired in January 2020, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in October 2019. It was Episode 1 of Season 3.
Located in Tappahannock, Virginia, Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant opened over 80 years ago.
The owner’s grandparents opened the restaurant close to the best fishing locations in town.
Owner Duby Lowery is assisted by his brother David who is the manager.
Because Duby was given the restaurant and not David, a rift has formed in the brothers’ relationship.
Anthony’s line cook thinks that servers Arlene and Pam are the only reason the restaurant is still running.
Arlene and Pam have been at the restaurant for over thirty years, so they’ve become real fixtures of the place over that time.
Duby’s parents fund the restaurant, and they blame Duby for the restaurant’s failure.
They say he is slacking off and can do better.
Gordon Ramsay arrives at Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant undercover as a retired person.
When he enters, he is immediately put off by the overwhelming smell of seafood.
I mean, it’s obviously supposed to be pretty seafood-heavy given the name, but you still don’t want to be smelling fish the entire time, right?
Gordon orders the crab cakes, the ribeye, and the oyster bowl.
The steak comes out overcooked, and the crab and oysters are spoiled.
Gordon then reveals his identity and says he has a dreadful experience.
To start turning things around, Gordon then takes everyone out to the Hell on Wheels bus.
They watch the kitchen’s hidden footage, see expired foods, and even overhear a staff member admitting to a salmonella outbreak. Yuck!
The customers are disgusted and refuse to return, but Gordon invites them to come back in 24 hours for the relaunch.
Duby is barely at the restaurant, and there is a lack of leadership.
Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant doesn’t buy from suppliers because they cannot afford to pay them.
Many of the staff don’t get paid on time, either, which obviously isn’t great for morale.
Duby begins to get defensive, so Gordon has to talk him down.
The kitchen is covered in grime and grease and just generally a disgusting disaster.
The walk-in refrigerator smells and has black mold. Raw beef is stored near cooked, fried chicken.
There is over $1,000 of wasted produce in the fridge, which is part of what explains why Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant is doing poorly financially.
Gordon then discovers the oysters he was served yesterday covered in slime. He is angry as those oysters could have poisoned him.
After the staff finishes cleaning the kitchen, Gordon takes the team to the Hell on Wheels bus to learn and practice the new menu.
Line cook Anthony is promoted to head chef, and David is trained as the kitchen manager.
Gordon brings in David and Duby’s mom. She wants to help the brothers mend their relationship.
On relaunch night, Gordon catches Anthon almost serving raw chicken.
Gordon has to give him a pep talk and remind him to slow down and only to send out quality food.
So far, the customers and the brothers are happy. A
nthony continues to struggle, though, and walks out after he sends out chicken that is raw in the middle.
He comes back and overcooks a fish dish; he then leaves for good.
Lowery's Seafood Restaurant Update - What Happened Next?
So, what happened to Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and 24 Hours to Hell and Back?
Well, things started off much better…
Three months later, the numbers are up.
Chuck has stepped up in the kitchen, and both Duby and David are working well together.
However, the good times would not last and Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant closed in August 2020, around seven months after the 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired. There was a sign outside the restaurant that said “Closed. Stay Safe. God Bless”.
There’s also a for sale/lease sign on the building, which you can see in this image from Google Maps:
The restaurant filed for bankruptcy, so it appears that the problem was mainly to due with money issues and debt.
As of 2022, the old Lowery’s Seafood Restaurant location in Tappahannock, Virginia seems to still be empty.
We’ll be sure to update this page when we know which restaurant has replaced it.
👉 Read other Season 3 updates:
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Last updated: 2022-01-18 06:19