(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 11, 2020
Southern Kitchen Address: 541 N 2nd St Richmond, VA 23219
Southern Kitchen was a Richmond, Virginia restaurant featured on Season 3 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
Though the Southern Kitchen 24 Hours to Hell and Back episode aired in February 2020, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in late 2019. It was Season 3 Episode 6.
In this episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Southern Kitchen in Richmond, a nice family-style restaurant.
The owner is Shane Thomas, who’s a chef who focuses on southern comfort food.
Shane and her two daughters, Chelsea and Kelyn, have invested their life savings into the restaurant and are now in financial trouble.
She opened the restaurant after working in marketing.
The restaurant moved from a previous location which failed, and now they are bankrupt, which is why they need help from Gordon Ramsay and the Hell on Wheels truck.
Chelsea gave up her career in education, and Kelyn finds it very stressful working with her mom.
Their relationships are suffering because of the restaurant.
Gordon meets with Shane’s mom, Linda, before heading into the restaurant. She says her family is being torn apart.
Gordon dresses as a woman and goes undercover with a book club.
They order staple southern dishes like blackened catfish, meatloaf, shrimp, and grits.
The food is presented poorly. The pork chop is dry, the shrimp is overcooked, and the salmon comes from a can.
Gordon asks Shane to get the staff from the kitchen and removes his disguise.
Gordon reveals all the parsley he pulled off his food, and Linda makes an emotional plea to her daughter.
Gordon takes the staff and customers to his Hell on Wheels Truck.
The hidden footage shows Shane yelling in front of customers and a messy kitchen.
He asks the customers to return in 24 hours for the relaunch.
He sits down with the staff, and they say communication within the family is a problem.
Chelsea says the team is lazy, and communication is terrible with everyone.
Gordon meets with the kitchen staff to show them his menu.
He tells cook Dre to get control and keep Shane out of the kitchen.
The staff stays to learn the new menu with Gordon’s team.
Chelsea meets with Gordon and says the restaurant is her mom’s dream.
However, it’s getting in the way of Chelsea’s dreams because she can’t pursue her dream of opening a daycare center.
Gordon next meets with a very defensive Shane.
He tells her Chelsea has no interest in the restaurant and wants to open her daycare center.
Gordon thinks it is not hair to Shane’s daughters to be burdened with the restaurant.
Shane runs away, and Gordon chases after her.
She thinks Gordon has given up on her. This is not the case, because Gordon only gives up on Amy’s Baking Company lol.
The two hug and make up.
During the relaunch, the customers are highly impressed by the new décor.
Gordon says they can no longer use the service bell.
The kitchen works well together, and the customers love the new food.
Southern Kitchen Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Southern Kitchen Gordon Ramsay visit, let’s talk about what happened to this Richmond, VA restaurant after the Hell on Wheels truck left town.
A few months after the visit from Gordon Ramsay, business is way up at Southern Kitchen and the restaurant is busy pretty much every day.
Has that good trend continued? Let’s answer the most important question…
Is Southern Kitchen still open after Gordon Ramsay?
As of 2022, Southern Kitchen is still open and serving customers in Richmond, VA. Reviews for the restaurant are pretty good as it has a 4 star rating on Yelp and a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.
On Yelp, the recent reviews seem to praise the food, service, and general ambiance at the restaurant.
One negative review said the portion size was a bit small and the drinks were expensive.
Overall, though, it seems that people really like the new Southern Kitchen and the business is doing great.
That definitely puts Southern Kitchen on Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back success list.
If you want to learn more or see the Southern Kitchen menu, you can head to the official Southern Kitchen website.
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Last updated: 2022-02-08 10:08