(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: August 15, 2018
Sandra Dee's Bar-B-Que & Seafood Address: 601 15th St Sacramento, CA 95814
Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood restaurant was a Sacramento, California restaurant featured on Season 1 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
Though the Sandra Dee’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired in August 2018, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in late 2017. It was Season 1 Episode 8.
Gordon visits Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood restaurant in Sacramento, California.
If you’re not familiar with Sacramento, it’s the capital city of California and located in the northern part of the state, a bit past San Francisco.
The owner is Sandra Dee (hence the name). She has owned the restaurant for 20 years.
The managers are Sandra Dee’s daughters, Lena and Tateyanna.
At first, they had customers making reservations even before they opened, but the business has been declining over the past year.
The employees think that Tateyanna and Sandra Dee have a bad attitude and are bullies.
The food is foul, and customers complain about the look and taste.
Sandra’s daughters aren’t aware of the financial state of the restaurant, but it’s obviously in bad shape which is why the Sandra Dee’s Gordon Ramsay visit happened.
Gordon arrives in disguise as a construction worker (which you can see in the image above).
He comes in with four other construction workers who are hungry.
The restaurant’s interior is outdated, with leopard prints and plastic plants—Gordon and his companion order food that are soul food staples.
The food tastes as if it was microwaved; it is soggy and comes with mystery meat.
Sandra receives the feedback and gives the construction workers a lousy attitude, but she does comp their meals.
Gordon removes his disguise and shuts down service in the kitchen.
Sandra denies being rude to Gordon Ramsay, which is the first issue in what will become a somewhat rocky relationship between the two.
Gordon then invites everyone to the Hell on Wheels Truck to view the hidden camera footage.
Tateyanna and Sandra are both shown bullying the staff. The kitchen footage shows unsanitary practices.
Sandra tells Gordon she is embarrassed and feels attacked by the videos.
After Gordon starts the clock, he reads the reviews of the restaurant, which are all negative.
They talk about a grumpy server who Gordon finds out was Tateyanna.
The staff is committed to change and begins moving furniture and cleaning.
The staff claims they deep cleaned the kitchen the weed before, but Gordon finds grease, grime, and old fish sold to customers that day.
To really give it a deep clean, the producers called in a local cleaning business called Nor Cal Scrubbers.
Gordon and Sandra have a meeting; he wants to know why she let things get so bad.
Sandra tearfully explains she knows she let too many things slide and that her daughter is a negative presence in the restaurant.
Sandra has put in too much money for the restaurant to shut down now.
Gordon and the kitchen staff go to the Hell on Wheels Truck to see the new menu.
They won’t be adding anything crazy or new, just enhancing the dishes they already have. The staff loves the new and improved food (though Sandra doesn’t, as you’ll see later).
While Gordon shows them how to make a trout dish, Sandra is snippy the entire time, making rude comments.
After showing them how to make the dish, Gordon finds Tateyanna.
Gordon shows Tateyanna the hidden camera footage of her being disrespectful to customers.
Tateyanna tearfully goes to the Hell on Wheels Truck to apologize to her mom.
David, a line cook, stands out in making the trout dish in the truck.
With six hours to go until the relaunch, the staff heads outside to the truck to see the new menu and food the kitchen staff has prepped for them.
The kitchen is given new appliances.
The walk-in pantry has been restocked as well.
The restaurant is open for the relaunch, and customers love the contemporary décor.
Tateyanna is positive and helpful, and Sandra does well in the kitchen after Lena comes in to pump her up.
The relaunch is a success.
Sandra Dee's Bar-B-Que & Seafood Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Sandra Dee’s Gordon Ramsay visit, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay and the Hell on Wheels truck left Sacramento.
It seems like Sandra Dee didn’t really like the changes from the show.
She completely rejected the new menu from Gordon Ramsay and didn’t use it at any point. Even right after the visit, she continued using the original menu.
With that being said, she did like the renovations from the show and kept them even after Gordon Ramsay left.
Sandra Dee also really appreciated the boost in business from the show.
After being on 24 Hours to Hell and Back, business at Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood was much busier than before.
Gordon Ramsay tried to contact Sandra after the episode but he was unable to get a response from her.
There was also some drama with a post accusing Gordon Ramsay of turning a soul food restaurant into an “Unseasoned Hipster Mess”.
Reviews after the episod were mixed, though it’s hard to tell because some of the reviews are clearly angry reviews from people who watched the show but never actually attended Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood in Sacramento, CA.
Is Sandra Dee’s still open after Gordon Ramsay?
Sandra Dee’s closed the restaurant on July 20 2019, which was around a year after the 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode. However, Sandra Dee’s does still offer catering services as of 2022.
In a Facebook post about the closure, Sandra had this to say:
After careful and thoughtful consideration, we have decided to close our restaurant but will continue to offer catering service.
We want to give a heartfelt thank you to this amazing city. Sac Town has given us a flurry of great memories and an abundance of love for the last two decades. Our loyal customers have become more like family.
So while the restaurant part of the business is gone, Sandra Dee is still successfully cooking and delivering food under the Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood brand.
Despite that, I’m still marking this as closed because the restaurant itself is no longer open.
If you want to book the Sandra Dee’s BBQ catering services, you can do so through the official website. Or, you can also contact her through Facebook.
There’s also a preset Sandra Dee’s BBQ menu for catering, which you can check out here.
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Last updated: 2022-02-12 04:18