Burger Kitchen Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Burger Kitchen still open?

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

Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 4, 2011
Burger Kitchen Address: 8048 W 3rd St Los Angeles, California 90048

Episode Recap

Burger Kitchen was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on Season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares, which originally aired in November 2011.

The episode was nothing but a brutal, uncompromising and thick drama. This time, Burger Kitchen, located in Los Angeles, California, was visited by Chef Gordon Ramsay, host of the show.

The restaurant self-proclaimed to be a house of gourmet burgers. It was facing some very serious issues since its inception almost a year ago.

The restaurant owner Alan Saffron, an Australian migrant, had used the inheritance money of Daniel Saffron, his son, without taking him into the confidence.

Further, Daniel Saffron was not given a proper partnership in the restaurant. Further, he was not being properly briefed about Burger Kitchen’s financial matters.

As a result, beyond the strain in family relationships, kitchen matters were also worsening.

It was left unsupervised and quality of food was suffering badly, though the interior and location impressed Chef Gordon.

The owners claimed to be suffering a loss of $6,000 per month, which is definitely not a good spot to be in as a restaurant..

Gordon ordered a meat pie and some burgers but found them to be totally bland and under-cooked.

Whole blame was put on Chef David, who on his part was not ready to accept any of the charges. He also claimed of not getting his wages on time.

On the other hand, Daniel was angry with his father for using his inheritance money without his permission.

He was also unhappy about being dragged forcibly in this family business.

Such a mess of affairs. Nothing seemed right.

Want to know what happened next? Shocking truths kept piling up one after the other.

Apart from swindling his son’s inheritance money, Alan was also accused of using pre-made and dry patties, not allowing the cooks to use salt in the burgers and unfair financial transactions.

The head chef, Alan’s wife and Daniel all joined the screaming match.

If all that was not enough, endless shots of half-cooked burgers slashed the plates brought the remaining carnage.

After things cool down a bit, they all were invited by the Gordon to a theater.

He tried to lead a talk between Alan and a website owner whose negative reviews Alan believed had ruined the business.

As a next step, Gordon tried to strike reconciliation between Daniel and his father.

Things seemed to go in the right direction and attention finally shifted on food again.

For the dinner Daniel took the lead and came out decently despite few glitches.

The restaurant was also given a makeover overnight by Gordon and the menu was also updated.

Not only this, but a surprise was also planned by him and food critics and bloggers were also invited on the re-opening.

Daniel was put in charge of the matters but it was not easy for Alan to surrender so easily.

Eventually, he promised to let Daniel deal with the things in his own way. This is where the show ended.

So what happened to Burger Kitchen after the cameras stopped rolling?

Burger Kitchen Update - What Happened Next?

This was a happy ending for the show but could not prove to be a new beginning for the Burger Kitchen.

The restaurant claimed to change ownership in August 2011.

In October 2011, new management, new chef and new menu were introduced.

The restaurant also gained sudden popularity after Gordon’s show.

A lot of people went there out of curiosity, yet the reviews continued to be negative.

People kept complaining of burnt, tasteless, stone cold burgers, grease loaded fries and slow service.

All these things could not stop the closure of the Burger Kitchen in February 2012.

After Burger Kitchen from Kitchen Nightmares closed its doors, the location was occupied for a time by a Tokyo cuisine eatery.

However, that restaurant also ended up failing at some point.

As of 2022, the former Burger Kitchen location is occupied by a Greek restaurant and cocktail bar called Theía.

The restaurant has good-but-not-great reviews, with a 4-star average on Yelp. You can learn more about the new restaurant at its Yelp page.

No matter what, it appears that Alan’s dream of amazing burgers is gone for good. Thankfully, people in Los Angeles still have plenty of other options to grab a good burger.

If you want to learn more about the Alan Saffron and Daniel Saffron inheritance situation, there’s also a good read in The Sydney Morning Herald about where the money came from.

It seems like Alan’s father, Abe Saffron, was known as “Mr. Sin” and made millions in the vice trade in Australia.

It’s definitely an interesting read given the context of Burger Kitchen’s episode.

Alan Saffron also wrote a book about his experiences growing up with his dad. It’s called “Gentle Satan: Growing up with Australia’s Most Notorious Crime Boss“, though the reviews are mixed.

What happened to Alan Saffron from Kitchen Nightmares?

Unfortunately, Alan Saffron passed away at age 71 from a heart attack on April 19, 2020. Rest in piece Alan. You can read Alan’s obituary here, which includes his work in Hollywood.

What happened to Daniel Saffron from Kitchen Nightmares?

We’re not sure what happened to Daniel Saffron, but there are some reports that he’s moved to Michigan.

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  1. They were all ill suited for the restaurant business,,u dont put 500,000 into a biz u have no experience in,,The father didnt even have enough sense to use Mouthwash or gum.

  2. Was great to watch apart from seeing the beautiful Lena who was talked down to for no reason. She was so lovely and even comforted Daniel when he cried.

    • My daughter worked at a restaurant and the salad prep guy’s preferred name was Jalapeño – his real name was to difficult for the staff to get correct-and this was a busy restaurant – no time for speech lessons

    • It amazes me how race can be brought into almost anything. It’s truly sad that people likje you automatically think the worst and assume racism. Come to find out, the “brown guy” preferred the name Jalapeño.

      I’m so glad that everything isn’t racial like, it is in your world. You and people like you are the reason that racism will always exist. Sad. Really sad.

      • BUT… there are also good hearted and fair people like you, thank God. We need every one or them for sure…. Be safe, be happy…

  3. That Alan is stupid. Stealing your son’s money is the lowest of the low. Wendy is so strong to have stayed by Daniels side despite medium rare girl and Alan treating both so badly. And the yelp conspiracy? What a joke. They can’t take critism without seeing it as a personal attack.

    • You’re wrong. Read the obituary I posted. Alan passed away in 2020, unfortunately. It has his picture and says that he’s survived by his son Daniel (among others).

  4. Given Alan’s heritage Gordon should have rebranded the restaurant as Crocodile Dundee’s House of Burgers. Or as a whorehouse.

  5. The Chef David and the son Daniel and his girlfriend were all on drugs, I notice these things because I use to be a Fiend too, I believe they were smoking crystal meth or crack, all the tells were there.


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