(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: September 26, 2007
Purnima/Dillons Address: 245 W 54th St New York, NY 10019
Dillons Lounge, 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 Kitchen Nightmares Season 1 Episode 2.
In this episode, we head to Dillons Lounge, which is owned by Mohammad Islaam.
Dillons is located off-Broadway in the heart of New York City. That’s in Manhattan, if you’re not familiar with the city.
Mohammad started the restaurant because he wanted better for his family.
Mohammad 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, which is a big part of why the Dillons Kitchen Nightmares episode exists.
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.
To kick things off, Gordon Ramsay 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.
Dillons 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.
Notice a trend with all the flies?
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. Still more issues with flies!
It gets worse, though…
In the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay 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 Dillons restaurant and calls in professionals to clean the kitchen.
Gordon takes Mohammed and the three managers to his restaurant to show them his cleaning regimen.
Beyond that, Gordon Ramsay makes big changes to the menu.
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. This is one of the only times that Gordon Ramsay has renamed a restaurant on Kitchen Nightmares.
Dillons Lounge 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.
So was the Purnima Kitchen Nightmares a long-term success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if Dillons Lounge / Purnima is still open in 2022 and beyond.
Purnima/Dillons Update - What Happened Next?
Now that’s we’ve recapped the Dillons and Purnima Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened after the episode aired.
Overall, there was plenty of drama to satisfy any Kitchen Nightmares viewer.
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 Hyde, the general manager from the episode, 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.
Martin alleged several issues in his lawsuit, including that some of the parts were staged, such as the rotten meat.
He also said that he was only responsible for the front of house, even though the episode made it seem like the kitchen was his fault.
Gordon Revisits Purnima In Season 2
After Gordon’s help and the rebranding from Dillons 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.
The Purnima Gordon Ramsay revisit happened in Season 2 Episode 1.
If you want to watch the revisit, you can find it on YouTube here. The Dillons revisit part starts around 50:15:
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 Dillons name will live on, even though the restaurant is gone.
I’m not sure why Purnima closed.
Mohammad was having issues with a neighboring tenant allegedly causing damage to the Purnima property, but I’m not sure whether or not that played any role in the closure.
It could’ve been just do to business/money.
What happened to Martin from Purnima / Dillons?
Martin Hyde was the general manager from the Dillons Kitchen Nightmares episode.
After being fired from Dillons / Purnima, Martin got a job as a manager at an upscale limo service named Swish Car Service.
I’m not sure if he’s still working there or what else he’s been up to.
As I mentioned above, Martin was also the one who filed the lawsuit against Gordon Ramsay and Kitchen Nightmares.
Final thoughts on Purnima restaurant
Sadly, the Purnima restaurant was only able to survive for around two years after the visit from Gordon Ramsay.
As of 2022, the old Purnima NYC location is occupied by a place named Dillon’s Comedy Club.
I’m not sure what happened to Mohammad – he has a common name so it’s hard to find him on Google. I hope he’s doing well, wherever he is.
If you want to see another Manhattan Kitchen Nightmares episode, you can also check out our post on The Black Pearl from Season 2. Thanks for reading!
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Last updated: 2022-10-09 05:44