(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: December 7, 2012
Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill Address: 276 Nantasket Ave Hull, Massachusetts 02045
Barefoot Bob’s was a Hull, Massachusetts restaurant featured on season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Barefoot Bob’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on December 7, 2012, the actual filming and Gordon Ramsay visit took place in May 2012.
It was Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Episode 5.
Barefoot Bob’s is a restaurant on the beachfront of Hull, Massachusetts.
It’s a little tourist town with the beach as its attraction.
Marc and Lisa Cara Donna are the owners – a husband and wife duo that generated a lot of interest after the episode aired.
The restaurant serves traditional seafood and American cuisine.
The couple decided to work together to make it run smoothly.
To help it run as it should, Marc Cara Donna is a cook and Lisa Cara Donna 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.
With both their finances and their marriage at stake, there’s a lot riding on the Barefoot Bobs Kitchen Nightmares episode.
Gordon Ramsay comes into town and it’s time to get down to business.
To start, he meets the owners and the servers.
Then, he sits down to taste the food at the Barefoot Bob’s Hull MA location.
Gordon Ramsay orders three things to start…
The New England Clam Chowder, the Lobster Roll, and Bob’s Buoy Platter.
To start with, he says the place is filthy.
Especially, the menus, which Gordon finds very gross.
He even has to ask his waitress to get him a clean menu.
But maybe the Barefoot Bobs food will be better?
He said the food is disgusting and dull.
Later in the day, Gordon Ramsay 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, if I’m being honest.
Gordon is always complaining about cleanliness, but he licks a random psychic’s crystal ball?
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.
So was the Kitchen Nightmares Barefoot Bobs restaurant episode a long-term success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Hull, MA restaurant is still open in 2024.
Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Barefoot Bob’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Hull MA.
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.
Is Barefoot Bob’s still open after Kitchen Nightmares?
Barefoot Bob’s closed for good in December 2016, almost exactly four years after the Barefoot Bob’s episode aired on TV (though it was more like 4.5 years after the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay).
Why did Barefoot Bob’s close?
Well, 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.
I’ll share some real examples of Barefoot Bobs reviews below.
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.
For a time, the old Barefoot Bob’s Hull MA 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 2023, the old Barefoot Bobs Hull Massachusetts location seems to be occupied by a new restaurant named Tipsy Tuna.
Here’s what the location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
Barefoot Bobs reviews after Kitchen Nightmares
At the time that Barefoot Bob’s restaurant closed, the restaurant had just a two star rating on 130 reviews on the Barefoot Bobs Yelp page.
Obviously, that’s not very good.
Sadly, the reviews from after the Barefoot Bob’s Gordon Ramsay visit didn’t seem to be any better than those from before.
Here are a few example Barefoot Bobs reviews to give you an idea of how people felt about the restaurant.
1 star Yelp review from April 2014:
We visited BFB’s after seeing Kitchen Nightmares.
The first impression was bad.
It did not get better from there.
The bar and restaurant were very dirty.
My menu was actually sticky.
The tacky 1970’s Tiki Bar theme which Gordon tried to improve was back.
It was tempting to leave then, but manners kept us in our seats.
The food was poor, and I am being gentle.
This place needs to be cleaned, in a big way.
There are other places to spend your money.
We will never come back.
I would not give this place 1 star, but it is the lowest rating possible.
We felt like we needed to warn others.
DO NOT EAT HERE.
You were warned!!
2 star Yelp review from April 2014:
Came only because we wanted to make a decision for ourselves after seeing it on Kitchen Nightmares.
Disappointed to see that they didn’t keep up with the changes.
More disappointed with the food and very slow service.
Ordered clan chowder and 2 clam strips.
The clam strips had too much breading, so much so that there were clumps of clam strips more than actual just clam strips.
The fries that they came with were mediocre to begin with, but they covered most of the plate and were not that good.
The only thing decent about the plate was the coleslaw.
As for the clam chowder, it was passable, but I wouldn’t call it clam chowder… It had bacon and cheese in it…
Should’ve listened to Chef Ramsay.
I also took a screenshot of this lengthy 1 star review from July 2013:
Did the Barefoot Bob’s owners divorce?
As of 2023, Marc and Lisa, the Barefoot Bob’s owners, are still married and did not divorce.
So while the restaurant broke up, the couple’s marriage still seems to be going strong.
Congratulations to them!
You can verify that the Barefoot Bob’s owners are still married by looking at the personal Facebook pages of Marc Cara Donna and Lisa Cara Donna.
I’m not going to link their Facebook pages here to preserve their privacy, but they’re easy enough to find on Facebook if you’re really curious.
Also, all divorce records are public record in Massachusetts, so those records would show up if Marc and Lisa had divorced.
Final thoughts on Barefoot Bobs restaurant
That pretty much wraps up my Barefoot Bob’s Kitchen Nightmares update.
Barefoot Bob’s wasn’t able to achieve long-term success, unfortunately, but four years is still a solid run.
However, given that they didn’t seem to keep the changes from Gordon Ramsay, it’s no surprise that Barefoot Bob’s closed.
As of 2023, the old Barefoot Bobs Hull MA location is occupied by a new restaurant named Tipsy Tuna.
As far as I can tell, the Barefoot Bob’s owners are still married – I hope they’re doing great.
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