Casa Roma Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Casa Roma still open?

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

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 12, 2010
Casa Roma Address: 320 W Ave J2 Lancaster, California 93534

Episode Recap

Casa Roma was a Lancaster, California restaurant featured on season 3 of Kitchen Nightmares.

In this episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Casa Roma in Lancaster, California. The restaurant has been in the village for a very long time, making it the oldest eatery there. It was run by Nylah and Jeremy who is her son. They bought the restaurant without any experience in the trade.

They are making less than 100 dollars per night and their rapid fire with chefs had left them struggling for a good one. They have hired and fired over 20 chefs during a two year period.

Gordon is sat in a booth that is clearly broken and finds bits of food in a napkin stuck at the back of the booth. He finds dust on the blinds and the menu has spelling mistakes.

His order consists of stuffed mushrooms, Monte Cristo and a medium Casa Roma deluxe pizza. The mushrooms arrive full of water and without flavor. The sandwich has excess fat dripping from it and the pizza is not cooked properly. Eric jumps to restaurant’s defense and labels it a bad day.

The dinner service is a disaster when servers struggle with spelling Sicilian and Jimmy is in the kitchen with a cocktail in hand. The food takes way too long to come out because of the lack of communication.

Gordon tells Nylah that Eric is there for the salary and not because he cares. Drew should be promoted to Head Chef.

Later Gordon finds moldy food in his freezer examination and the storing standards not being observed. After the restaurant gets a makeover and a pizza eating competition gets organized.

Local firemen stop for dinner and it takes the restaurant a little while to get into the swing of things. The customers leave happy on the relaunch night.

Casa Roma Update - What Happened Next?

The original Casa Roma is no longer there under the same nameWith that being said, there is still a restaurant operating in that location with the same heritage, though a different name. Because the name and ownership are different, we’re marking this as “Closed” for now. The situation is a bit hazy, though.

Gordon has the chance to revisit Casa Roma later. Drew has left and Nylah has brought her son from the business, making her the sole owner. Gordon meets Q who used to work at Sebastian’s (also featured on Kitchen Nightmares) and is now Casa Roma’s Head Chef.

Gordon’s menu has been abandoned and the old menu in place. There are rumors that the owners have written a number of positive reviews about the place themselves.

Since Gordon’s last visit Casa Roma has been renamed The AV Roadhouse Restaurant Bar & Grill with slim lined menu.

Even though it is the case Gordon is satisfied with the quality of the food, the cleanliness of the place and the improvements in the service. It is better than when he first got to visit both in the kitchen and in the front of the house.

It was open in 2014 but it seems that there was a shift in the middle of 2015. A local restaurant Nico’s was taken over and the staff shifted from one place to another. The restaurant was serving traditional bar food – wings and appetizers. It was renamed CR Roadhouse and is still open gathering positive reviews on staff, service and food alike.

It seems that the dip in the economy only crippled this place a little bit allowing it to re-surface in the recent years.

There is no information on Nylah’s fate and how the renaming happened, but the restaurant seems to be doing well. It was the oldest place in town that offers visitors food so it is only fair that it is still going.

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Last updated: 2021-11-29 05:33

5 thoughts on “Casa Roma Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

  1. I hung there for about 3 years first as a local musician that played there frequently and then started dating the owner. It was a great time and fun while it lasted

  2. It’s sad that Gordon Ramsay decided to focus on destroying the bar side with all those leather incredible looking furniture which initially worked out well and provided most of the income before Ramsay arrived.

    Instead of focusing on the negative side which was the other part of the bar, Ramsay instead turned the whole place into a restaurant look all alike and that I think was a burden for all the regulars that enjoyed the bar side look. Taken away all those black leather seats and couches had to negate many previous customers.

    Gordon Ramsay was an idiot in this change I believe since the bar was initially bringing in all the business so why change it? Idiot. He basically turned the whole place into a strawberry restaurant.

    I don’t think he gets it but hey! I only been working in sociology for over 30 years so yah, my two cents worth. Sorry Gordon, you messed this one up a bit.

    • Sounds like this rescue would have been better served by Jon Taffer in your opinion, as a Bar Rescue rather then a Kitchen Nightmare. I’d be willing to bet if Taffer had answered the call, he’d have focused on the bar, because he’s more of a bar guy while Ramsay probably focused on the restaurant because that’s what he knows best.


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