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Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 6, 2011
Capri Address: 4604 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041
Capri was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on season 4 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Capri Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in May 2011, but the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in January 2011. It was episode 12 of season 4.
Capri, located in Eagle Rock, California, is owned by the Thiel twins, Jeff and Jim. The two were regulars at the restaurant and offered to buy it. The reason was that they wanted free pizza.
The twin owners are immature, but they are trying their best, but they have no idea how to run a restaurant.
The pizza cook Darian doesn’t think the twins can cook. The twins are behind on several bills and are hoping that Gordon will be able to help them and Capri.
Gordon arrives and thinks the restaurant exterior looks cheesy. A stereotypical Italian sign says the restaurant has been open since 1963. The dining room is empty, and Jeff greets Gordon.
As Gordon takes in the very dated atmosphere, the twins play a trick of Gordon by switching places. Gordon is less than impressed by this trickery.
Although the restaurant has been open since 1963, it was brought by the brothers 14 years ago.
They aren’t open for lunch as they just do not have the staffing. Capri’s is also open Wednesday through Sunday.
The brothers have no answers as to why they are closed on Monday and Tuesday. Gordon says the restaurant is closed longer than it is open.
The menu Gordon is given is plastic and flimsy. It is also so dirty Gordon is having a hard time reading it. The server tells Gordon that nothing has been updated since the twins took over the restaurant.
Gordon orders the meatball sandwich, chicken Scarpello and the Capri colossal pizza.
As Gordon waits for his food, the twins slack off in the kitchen.
Gordon inspects the restaurant and discovers dried food on the seats, old worn-out furniture, and that there is tape keeping the carpet together. There is even a container of dirty, dusty pasta that has been out for 20 years.
Jim is responsible for cleaning, but he can’t tell Gordon the last time he actually cleaned the restaurant.
The meatball sub is made with frozen meatballs and cubed cheese. The Capri colossal pizza has every topping possible besides anchovies. Gordon can barely take a bite because there’s so much stuff on it. The final dish, chicken Scarpello, is bland and dull.
The chicken tastes off to Gordon and asks the server if the chicken is sour. The server has no idea. The owners also have no idea, but they know they removed the chicken from the freezer yesterday.
As a result, Gordon has to tell the customers that there’s no chicken on the menu, which leads to a big argument between Jim and Gordon, with Darian, the pizza cook, adding some of his own thoughts.
Eventually, Gordon gets it through the twins heads that they need to change and communicate better.
Beyond that, Gordon and his crew worked overnight to perform one of the biggest Kitchen Nightmares renovations/makeovers in the show’s history.
Beyond changes to the physical space, Capri also got a brand new restaurant.
On the relaunch night, there are obviously a few hiccups, but things generally go well and it seems like Capri is set up for success.
Capri Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve covered everything that happened in the Capri episode, let’s talk about what happened next.
Did Gordon Ramsay re-visit the Capri restaurant?
Gordon Ramsay returned to Capri in season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares as part of the Revisited #7 episode, which aired in January 2012. This is the same episode that featured Spanish Pavillion, Kingston Cafe, and La Frite.
In the return visit, Gordon enjoyed the pizza that he ordered and the twins told him that business was up 20% since the Capri Kitchen Nightmares episode aired.
Beyond his smiling face, Gordon also surprises the twins with a gift – a certificate of appreciation for their meatballs from the local Chamber of Commerce. Congrats to the twins!
In addition to the improved business, the reviews were generally more positive and the twins had done a good job of keeping with Gordon’s menu.
Is Capri from Kitchen Nightmares still open?
The Capri eventually closed in September 2019 because of declining sales and health issues for the owner. In their Facebook goodbye message, the twins said “The end of an era Thank you all We will miss you!!!”.
Unfortunately, that means that The Capri is no longer open for business and it’s officially on our Kitchen Nightmares closed list.
However, the person who purchased The Capri from the twins does have plans to keep the Capri name when reopening the new restaurant.
It will be called Capri Club and will be a casual diner that serves simple food.
There’s no opening timeline, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, you might be able to visit a Capri-named restaurant soon, even if it’s not the same restaurant that was featured on Kitchen Nightmares.
What happened to the twins from Capri?
Jeff and Jim Thiel, AKA the twins, are not very active on social media so it’s hard to keep up with them. According to Jim’s LinkedIn page, he’s an actor looking for representation, but that’s all we were able to turn up.
If you know anything about what happened to Jim and Jeff, please let us know in the comments!
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Last updated: 2021-12-29 07:28