Dillon’s Kitchen Nightmares Update (Purnima) – Open Or Closed?

Is Purnima/Dillon's still open?

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

Season: 1 | View All Season 1 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 26, 2007
Purnima/Dillon's Address: 245 W 54th St New York, NY 10019
Dillon's Kitchen Nightmares Update

Episode Recap

Dillon’s, later renamed to be Purnima, was a New York City restaurant featured on season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares. Though the Purnima and Dillon’s Kitchen Nightmares episode originally aired in September 2007, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place in March 2007. It was episode 2 of season 1.

Dillon’s is located off-Broadway in the heart of New York City. Mohammed started the restaurant because he wanted better for his family.

Mohammed has hired three other managers, Martin, Andrew, and Khan. Martin is the general manager, Andrew is the operations manager, and Khan is the floor manager. 

That’s a lot of different managers, right? Perhaps as a result of paying so many high-level employees, Dillon’s is losing $20,000.00 a month.

Martin describes the restaurant as Irish-American with an Indian flare…which is just a weird combination.

In my opinion, Irish and Indian food doesn’t really mix.

Dillon's Sign

To kick things off, Gordon decides to order some food and see how Dillon’s does on the most important part of a restaurant (the food, of course).

Gordon swats a fly away as he reads the expansive menu. Gordon’s server tells him the restaurant is nearly always empty and that there are always flies in the dining room. 

Dillon’s has Indian cooks, but they do not cook western cuisine. Andrew, the manager, steps in to cook the western dishes. Gordon is served a vegetarian platter with meat.

He informs Mohammed if that had been a paying customer, he could have a lawsuit on his hands.

Gordon’s curry has rotten tomatoes, and his beef dish is actually lamb. Gordon goes to look in the kitchen after eating and notices that there are flies all over the kitchen.

Suddenly, Gordon starts not to feel well, and the chef informs him he might have served Gordon old lamb because he was nervous. 

Gordon finds the general manager Martin lying down in the booth having his head rubbed by a server.

During dinner, customers are overwhelmed by all of the choices on the menu.

One hour into dinner service, and still no food has left the kitchen. Martin is nowhere to be found.

When Gordon finds him, he admonishes him for taking advantage of Mohammed. Some customers walk out without eating anything because of all the flies. 

In the kitchen, Gordon finds rotten meat and vegetables. There are roaches, rat droppings, and rat traps set throughout the restaurant. It’s just generally pretty disgusting.

Gordon finds a bag of rotten salad that he was served the day before. Gordon also finds green chicken wings. He immediately shuts down the restaurant. He calls in professionals to clean the kitchen. 

Gordon takes Mohammed and the three managers to his restaurant to show them his cleaning regimen. There is no more western food on the menu; the restaurant is strictly Indian. The chef is so happy he hugs Gordon. Gordon brings in a new chef, Vikas Khanna. He is one of the top Indian chefs in New York City.

The restaurant is given a makeover as well as a new name. Dillon’s is renamed Purnima, a traditional Indian word that means full moon.

However, not everything is peace in the new restaurant and Gordon and Martin continue their fight over Martin’s use of his phone. 

The customers are initially happy during the relaunch, but they are being served cold food. The servers are poorly managed because Martin is preoccupied. Khan steps up and helps immensely. 

Before Gordon leaves, he informs Mohammed he should fire Martin and keep Vikas on full-time consultant. Martin overhears this, and before he can be fired, he quits. 

 Purnima’s closed in 2009 and is now home to Character’s Bar and Lounge. 

Purnima/Dillon's Update - What Happened Next?

Now that’s we’ve recapped the Dillon’s and Purnima Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened after the episode aired.

Martin Sued Gordon Ramsay for Money and To Stop the Episode

Before the Dillon’s Kitchen Nightmares episode even aired, there was some drama. Martin tried to sue Gordon for $3 million. He also attempted to file an injunction to stop the episode from airing. Given that the episode did end up airing, you can guess that Martin’s lawsuit failed.

Gordon Revisits Purnima

After Gordon’s help and the rebranding from Dillon’s to Purnima, the restaurant seemed to be doing well. Gordon visited the restaurant one year later, and everything was running smoothly. Vikas is still there, and customers are even invited back into the kitchen to see how clean it is.

Is Purnima still open?

Purnima closed in 2009, two years after the Purnima Kitchen Nightmares episode aired. The Yelp reviews were mixed after the makeover and there were complainants about overpriced food and a noisy environment.

The old Purnima New York City location is now occupied by a place called Dillon’s Comedy Club. So it appears that the Dillon’s name will live on, even though the restaurant is gone.

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Last updated: 2021-12-25 03:53

2 thoughts on “Dillon’s Kitchen Nightmares Update (Purnima) – Open Or Closed?”

  1. What a waste of time Kitchen Nightmares is.
    Most of these Owner’s just seem to want an easy Way to increase their Restaurant’s worth, so they can sell it for a better Price after Gordon’s makeovers.
    Most “Passionate” Owner’s only cared about the Publicity, while real struggling Restaurants are going under, because these Frauds steal their Spots in the show.
    “That’s disgusting”

    • Your observations are mostly correct except the real value in every KN episode: the viewer! People need to see what goes on behind the scenes.


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