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Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 11, 2011
Downcity Address: 50 Weybosset St Providence, Rhode Island 02903
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Gordon Ramsay’s visit to Downcity restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, bought by Abby and best friend Rico in 2005, was one the most electrifying episodes of Kitchen Nightmares. Rico had a full-time job in finance and Abby had been working in restaurants for over 30 years, and as such, Rico provides the capital while Abby manages the restaurant.
Chef Ramsay was greeted by Abby, who proceeded to rate the food a 10/10. Their encounter did not start well, as Ramsay reveals the food provided by his hotel’s room service was disgusting, which offended Abby. After awkwardly navigating past that interaction Gordon orders is lunch. The calamari arrived, with Chef Ramsay pointing out its sogginess and chewiness. He also described the inaptly named Party-in-your-Mouth nachos as “more like a funeral in his mouth” and the meatloaf is lukewarm.
As the Michelin star chef converses with the staff he discovers Abby is responsible for the menu and leaves after some initial bickering. While she attempts to get the staff on her side, saying Ramsay is wrong, they admit the food is “below par”. When Rico arrived for dinner service, Gordon sat down with him, while the restaurant owner admitted he had $1million invested in the venture and can’t risk going bankrupt given his career in finance.
In the meantime, the kitchen pantry is revealed to have mouldy food, causing Gordon Ramsay to summon the owners, with all hell breaking loose as Abby lashes off at him, accusing him of being the culprit behind the mess, calling him a disgrace to the business and expelling him from the premises in an incredibly heated argument.
After conferring with Rico, Chef Ramsay explains to Abby he’s made mistakes with failed businesses in the past, and only by admitting those mistakes and learning from them has gotten him to where he is now. When the staff get Abby to admit the menu is unbearably large, she begrudgingly admits to changing it.
Gordon introduces a simpler new menu with considerably fewer items after witnessing a dinner service to relieve pressure on Jimmy and the kitchen. The standard of the food is improved, but the kitchen gets swamped again, while customers are left waiting for food and start making for the door. When Abby reveals a lack of faith in Jimmy, Chef Ramsay calls in one of his chefs to help get the kitchen staff in order.
For the re-launch night, Chef Ramsay introduces a new comfort food menu featuring a goat’s cheese truffle dip, meatball sliders, lobster Mac & Cheese and a new improved meatloaf. He also invites Stacy Place, a local food blogger who had written a brutal review of Down City previously. As the night gets underway, the food is being sent out quickly, the customers love the new menu and the new food. Just when it seemed the kitchen couldn’t cope with the pressure, the whole team rallies and the food starts leaving the kitchen, and everyone is revealed to be enjoying the food, blogger included.
Want to know more about the blogger from the Downcity episode of Kitchen Nightmares? Her name is Stacy Place and she actually shared a bit about the show and how her “10,000+ followers” might have been a bit overblown:
People assumed since Gordon was reading my Twitter feed that the show was referring to me having 10,000 Twitter followers. I don’t. The producers had asked me how many people had read my blog and I replied about 250 per week. Multiplying that by 52 weeks, they rounded down to 10,000. Of course, 3,000 people have read it just since the episode aired!
So maybe the stakes were not quite as high as the producers of Kitchen Nightmares made it seem!
Downcity Update - What Happened Next?
The Kitchen Nightmare Downcity episode was undoubtedly one of the show’s most belligerent and confrontational encounters, so everyone was curious to find out what has happened since.
Gordon revisits and is greeted by the restaurant owners with Abby revealing business is up by at least 30% and again rates the food a 10/10 after some friendly banter with chef Ramsay. Chef Jimmy is still there continuing to impress both Abby and Rico. Chef Ramsay goes into the fridge and after confirming it is very well organised, he sits down for lunch, finding the food delicious.
While catching up with the restaurant owners, Chef Ramsay notices there is some tension between them and eventually manages to get the truth out of them as Rico confesses that while Abby doesn’t shout at the employees, she now shouts at him a lot more. Gordon Ramsay gets Abby to apologise to Rico, driving home the realisation they’re business partners and Abby can’t address Rico in that manner.
In the end, all seemed to be well in Downcity but it was not meant to last, as the restaurant closed doors in 2011 after being hit by the economic downturn.
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Last updated: 2017-05-03 08:24