Cafe Tavolini Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Cafe Tavolini still open?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 25, 2011
Cafe Tavolini Address: 3074 Fairfield Ave Bridgeport, CT 06605

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Episode Recap

Cafe Tavolini Kitchen Nightmares

Cafe Tavolini is owned by husband and wife team, Keith and Lisa. Apparently, they bought the restaurant on a whim, with no prior experience in the hospitality industry.

Somehow, the pair has managed to wrack up an astounding $350,000 in debt. And the staff isn’t happy either because the couple watches them on CCTV from their home.

Once Gordon arrives and gets the pre-meal pleasantries out of the way, things start going sour. He calls the meatballs “an insult to grandmothers” and otherwise generally hates the food.

In the end, Gordon introduces a new family-style menu to help Cafe Tavolini stand out. He also gives the restaurant a major makeover to expand the kitchen.

Cafe Tavolini Update - What Happened Next?

Cafe Tavolini has a very sad ending. Keith and Lisa separated soon after filming and the restaurant really had no chance. The restaurant closed for good in December, 2011.

It seems the main reason for the closure is that Cafe Tavolini’s debt bill had just grown too large. With such a large debt to start with, I don’t think Gordon really had any chance with this restaurant.

Some of the staff, notably Chef Michael Sirico, have moved on to B Line Bar & Grill.

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Last updated: 2017-03-15 09:58