Barefoot Bob’s Kitchen Nightmares Update – Open or Closed?

Is Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: December 7, 2012
Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill Address: 276 Nantasket Ave Hull, Massachusetts 02045
Barefoot Bob's Beach Grill Kitchen Nightmares Update

Episode Recap

Barefoot Bob’s was a Hull, Massachusetts restaurant featured on season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Barefoot Bob’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on December 7, 2012, but the actual filming and Gordon Ramsay visit took place in May 2012. It was episode 5 of season 6.

Barefoot Bob’s is a restaurant on the beachfront of Hull, Massachusetts.

It’s a little tourist town with the beach as its attraction.

Mark and Lisa are the owners who bought the restaurant and they serve Traditional seafood and American Cuisine. T

hey decided to work together to make it run smoothly.

To help it run as it should, Mark is a cook and Lisa works the counter up in the front.

They say that they are having a hard time keeping customers in the cold weather seasons, but in the summertime, they have a full house with guests all season long. They say they are failing as a couple because of the restaurant’s poor progress.

Gordon comes into town. He meets the owners and the servers.

He orders three things. The New England Clam Chowder, the Lobster Roll, and Bob’s Buoy Platter.

He says the place is filthy. Especially, the menus. He said the food is disgusting and dull.

He comes back for supper time. He finds a baffling occurrence of a psychic there who is asking patrons if she can read their future. Gordon is daunted. He licks her crystal ball and asks her the future. This is perhaps one of the weirdest moments in Kitchen Nightmares.

Gordon is always complaining about cleanliness, but he licks a random psychic’s crystal ball? That’s weird! If you forget what I’m talking about, here’s video proof:

Let’s get back to the episode…

Gordon notices that the kitchen has food flying out of it, but at the same time it’s going back returned to the kitchen because of being cold, disgusting, and overcooked.

He asks to look at the food supply and storage and finds things out of date, old food, and the storage section a mess.

Gordon offers to make over the restaurant, update the systems, teach cooks new food to update the menu.

They accept and claim the are so excited when it’s complete. Gordon re-opens the place for business. They are doing better as a couple, the customers love the new food, and the décor is a hit.

Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill Update - What Happened Next?

They kept up with what they were taught for awhile after for a good season or so. They stuck with the routine temporarily and were a hit with the customers.

Then slowly, but surely, they tapered back to their old ways, their old habits, the old menu dishes, and the old nasty décor within a six month time span.

They slowly disregarded the advice, time, and work of Gordon Ramsay and insisted their way was better than the superior chef who is world renowned.

Too bad the psychic couldn’t predict the outcome for the restaurant and Mark and Lisa.

They took for granted the time, money, and efforts of the master chef Gordon Ramsay.

As a result of their lazy ways, and selfish stubborn personalities, and the reversion back to their old routines, they ended up closing their doors for good in December of 2016.

A lot of the old customers who knew this restaurant and staff for a few years say that the bathrooms were always filthy, the food service horrible, and the food was never fresh but old tasting and frozen.

For a time, the old Barefoot Bob’s location was occupied by a restaurant called HK Too (Hulls Kitchen). However, that also had very poor reviews and closed after enjoying a 2.5 star Yelp rating.

As of 2021, the location seems to be empty as far as I can tell.

Why did Barefoot Bob’s close?

Beyond the ever present issues with a slow low season in a beach town, Barefoot Bob’s seems to have failed because they ignored Gordon Ramsay’s changes and went back to their old menu and routines.

Are Mark and Lisa from Barefoot Bob’s still married?

As of 2021, Mark and Lisa, the Barefoot Bob’s owners, are still married. So while the restaurant broke up, the couple’s marriage still seems to be going strong. Congratulations to them!

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  1. I never had a bad meal or drink at Barefoot Bob’s. Staff was friendly with quick and attentive service, prices were reasonable and portions were good. They had great entertainment and a fun surfer atmosphere.
    Gordon Ramsey told them to draw from the surrounding towns to gain new customers in the winter which would never happen. He’s not from here and he doesn’t know the area, people from Cohasset, Scituate and Hingham wouldn’t make the drive down. Barefoot Bob’s customers were the locals and the beachgoers.
    They didn’t close because of not following the Kitchen Nightmares plan, they were open for 8 years before Kitchen Nightmares and 4 years after so they had to be doing something right!
    I will definitely miss Barefoot Bob’s and I was sad to see it deserted today when I was at the beach

    • That is not true. You would if the place was good and the ones you have around are full of assholes. I drive from Alma to Vail,CO to ski and eat at Henry’s chinese joint, Henry is the best. After the Chef left they went back to their old ways, don’t you lazy around when the boss is not around. Happens to all businesses It was obvious they had a horrible staff, brother needed to be fired with the cook. They needed a new kitchen staff with culinary backgrounds, like Spago or a Steakhouse or Sushi backgrounds instead they kept their friends. Plenty of cooks without jobs who had paid loans for school and because of failing restaurants like this good cook stay without a job and an owner without a business and the biggest bill of their lives.

      • Bella , Bless your heart. But absolutely everything you stated is ridiculous and reeks. also your entitlement is showing Dear. Everything that I just read states that you believe the show one million percent ! That there is no extra dramatic nonsense for T.V. Also Gordon Ramsay’s there for how many days and you only see little nuggets of each day. You don’t think those are edited and refilmed for angles , lighting , and more dramatic flair ? P.S. All reality TV is Fake. Not real life.

    • If a restaurant serves great food it doesn’t matter where they’re based people will come.
      – People wouldn’t make the drive down to Barefoot Bob’s because the food is lousy and the premises are not kept to an ideal standard of cleanliness.

    • They didn’t even know how far in debt they were. Just because they were open didn’t mean they were profitable. Many businesses stay open while they are drowning in debt. The facts are that they were a terrible business and didn’t know what they were doing. No budget, low quality employees (particularly the scummy sous chef and Lisa’s brother), and lazy.

    • Thank you for letting people know the truth. Where you got a few months to make your years worth of money . If you don’t pull your income in from spring to the end of summer to float you for the other six months it’s a bad year. A lot of people who don’t live in coastal towns don’t realize the bars do most of the money in the winter and the restaurants in the summer . because you’re taking care of the local community and that’s what they usually tend to go to the bar. Marc and Lisa did a fabulous job and they stayed open years after Gordon Ramsay and more importantly they kept their marriage intact

  2. I want to barefoot Bob’s two years before Gordon Ramsay visited it, and it was absolutely terrible. Service was fine, but uncaring. It’s seem to be filled with old and rowdy drunks. I came back three months after the renovation and even though the service was still average, the food was much better. I wish the owners would of stuck with the changes instead of catering to the low brow crowd that ended up closing them down.

    • They treated the Chef like shit, even if Chef wouldve gave them $1 million dollars they would’ve failed. Bob’s barefoot din’t want to put the work. Front of the house destroy this place, so did his cooks, I can still remember that nasty NEW ENGLAND SOUP in NEW ENGLAND!!!. Owners depended on their staff they took as much as they could from owners, they moved on to other jobs with checks, and left loan to owners. I have friends who fly to restaurants in California like the French Laundry, just to eat so if you are good you are good, but Bobs had competitors they had to keep it up, if they wanted people to fly or drive to at their restaurant and eat here they had to keep up. It takes a lot of work to be a chef, is not one person you feeding but 100, 500 or 2700 a night. I done it and without a dishwasher lol never a day off always on your feet to the point that you fall down when you get up in the morning, (losing feeling of your legs) it takes hard work to have a restaurant that will make you rich money not little money but top money. Be good to locals, Ramsay was scary and he didn’t target locals, he lost his restaurant once, but it changed him, he is taking care of his image helping others etc, but behind that Ramsay knows what it takes to move people or a “brigade” Trust me I seem it, some cooks would serve good people shit with hairs and some armpits sweats. I don’t know why they are Chefs but it happens. I almost visited this place but I’m glad to know is closed and I can save my dollars and cook my own lobster roll. Alma, Colorado! <~~

  3. would you expect anything different from these two massholes?..They didnt deserve to have Gordon there in the first place. So typical of those people there. I wouldnt live there if you gave me a house.

  4. Chef Ernie
    As a guy who’s banged lots of taken women, she’s already sleeping with a few on the side. He probably already knows because fat white guys that scored do-able chicks always do but put up with because they’re never getting anything better without a $$$ lottery win.
    The restaurant entire staff should’ve been fired including front of house staff.
    The 1st fire should’ve been that “chef” that guy is a imposter 100%, what chef would allow that walk-in??? If he’s the chef why couldn’t he manage food costs in dishes, how much ready made actually costs in waste?
    The front of house waitress was a plain looking girl dressed to stock aisles at the Walmart on any given night & acted like she was working at a truck stop.

    The owners seemed to be destined to fail having no restaurant running ability & a deeply fractured personal relationship, I’ll put money down as soon as the place tanked she flew away from the Fatman never to be seen again.

    • The person you’re refering to as “chef” was actually the sous-chef. Their restaurant’s actual chef they said was let go, and owner Mark took the place of head COOK, not chef. Having an untrained non-chef COOK running the kitchen doesn’t necessarily have to mean the death of the establishment, but it often is, especially when one is so stuck in old habits that they prefer to revert to old bad habits rather than stick with a winning plan offered by a proven world-class actual chef.

  5. How do you manage to screw up a path to success? Chef Gordon Ramsay took his time and energy to fix their restaurant and they kick Chef Ramsay in the face by going back to their old ways and screwed it all up. Quite frankly they didn’t deserve all the great help they got from Chef Gordon and his team.

  6. I remember dining at Barefoot Bob’s Nantasket Beach Hull Massachusetts.
    Let me post back in summer 2003 I dined at this restaurant, really liked the outside voodoo(?)decor, recall ordering ‘large fried clams and lightly breaded sea scallops,believe it tasted unbelievable,got more meal than I bargained. (9/10 stars).
    However what Mark and Lisa didn’t fathom was during the fall and winter Hull turns into a ghost town. I oughta know I ran ‘La Carnivalė around 1990.
    So when I came back during the fall, noticed Barefoot Bob’s was infested with insects,house flies right in the dining area, screw this I’m getting the Hull out and never stepped in there again.
    Too bad all the work they invested in went out with the rip currents.

  7. The restaurant is open. Latest review on google is literally from 21h ago. So either someone bought it an reopened it or they closed it to make improvements and reopened it.

  8. I loved going to Barefoot Bob’s. Lisa was always so attentive and took care of all my needs. Admittedly, I had to tip her quite a bit, but her service was worth it. Always left with a feeling of release and a smile on my face.

    • Let’s not make accusations without proof, please! The Barefoot Bob’s owners are still married as of 2021, so they seem to be doing fine.

  9. Sounds like every other restaurant in the US. Pile it high, forget the taste. Cheap taste. Cheap everything. Lisa was a real gem. No doubt she and the fake chef enjoyed a bit of extras.

  10. I said to myself right from the beginning that she was cheating on him. Before Ramsay even showed his face I pegged her as a user. Poor guy.

  11. The obvious problem with this restaurant is that it is unsafe and unsanitary to cook barefoot. Customers realized this and refused to eat there. Had Gordon renamed it “Properly Shoed Robert’s” it may have succeeded.


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