(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 13, 2008
Fiesta Sunrise Address: 50 N Rte 303 West Nyack, New York 10994
Fiesta Sunrise was a West Nyack, New York restaurant featured on season 2 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Fiesta Sunrise Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in November 2008, the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay happened in early 2008.
It was Season 2 Episode 10 of Kitchen Nightmares.
In this episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Fiesta Sunrise, a Mexican restaurant based in West Nyack, New York.
If you’re not familiar with New York geography, West Nyack is located just to the north of New York City, right along the Hudson River.
The Fiesta Sunrise restaurant is owned by the trio of Vic, Patty, and Yolanda.
Vic and Yolanda Flores, a married couple, had no money to open a new restaurant by themselves.
As a result, they asked their daughter Patty to use her credit and saving for the business, which is how the trio ended up owning the restaurant.
Patty is Yolanda’s daughter, but Vic is not her biological father as Yolanda remarried.
As you might be able to guess, that was a horrible idea!
Now, the family is going through hard times, not only regarding their money but also because of their family relations.
Thanks to tons of clutter and an astoundingly ugly interior decoration theme.
Yolanda and Patty want to redecorate the restaurant, but Vic doesn’t listen to them.
And to top it all off, Patty feels resentment towards her mother for making her part of all the business troubles and stuff.
I know that I would definitely feel resentment if I invested money in my parent’s business and it wasn’t going well.
When the Gordon Ramsay arrives at the restaurant and sees the sign above the door Grill 303, he thinks that the restaurant is closed.
However, he then discovers that they actually haven’t changed the logo since the restaurant used to be named Grill 303.
That’s so crazy to me!
How are people supposed to discover the Fiesta Sunrise Mexican restaurant if you still have the logo for the old business.
He also discovers the sticker on the front peeled off, revealing the name of another restaurant Fiesta Garibaldi, which he discovers is Vic’s previous failed restaurant.
Fast-forward through the Kitchen Nightmares Fiesta Sunrise episode and it’s now time for Gordon Ramsay to start ordering some food.
When the food arrives, it was like a nightmare on the table (I guess that’s why it’s called Kitchen Nightmares!).
Gordon then inspects the chicken and discovers that he has been served old rice, cooked days ago.
As you’d expect, Gordon was not too happy about that.
Beyond the bad food, the restaurant is also dealing with bad money trouble.
Yolanda tells Gordon Ramsay that they are in $850,00 in debt, which is pretty dang bad as far as debt levels go.
Most people on Kitchen Nightmares don’t have quite that much debt.
I’m honestly not sure how Gordon Ramsay can save the Fiesta Sunrise restaurant when it’s in that much debt.
As things get even worse, Gordon investigates the kitchen and finds the dirtiest kitchen of all.
He inspects the fridge and discovers that all the food was cooked last week.
Also, a customer sends back his food saying that it is like cardboard, and the server puts that back in the tray with other chips.
As Gordon inspects the kitchen he is terrified of the quality of the food.
He gets angry and tells Victor that he wouldn’t trust him to run a bath let alone a restaurant.
Gordon then tells the customers to leave and that the restaurant is closed, while also showing them old rotten beans.
Yolanda then tells the whole situation, also their personal issues.
Don is also in the chat.
The chat turns into an argument, as Don and Vic are not happy with each other.
As Gordon enters the kitchen and moves some plates, he discovers an infestation of cockroaches.
Things just keep getting worse and worse, right?
Vic admits that he knew about the infestation.
Gordon then calls in the exterminator to get rid of the cockroaches, which are a huge health issue.
The night they begin their service with fresh food but failed miserable as the rice were overcooked and customers are left waiting for food.
Gordon realizes that their takings of the evening didn’t even give the cost of their hired staff.
At the end, Gordon saved the day.
The next next day he returns with Chef Juliet a Ballesteros, a top Mexican chef.
He also decorated the entire restaurant to give it a much more pleasant feel.
That night the customers are pleased with the food and the launch was successful.
So was the Fiesta Sunrise Kitchen Nightmares episode a success?
Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if this New York restaurant is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Fiesta Sunrise Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Fiesta Sunrise Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left West Nyack, New York.
Sadly, Fiesta Sunrise has one of the shortest updates of any restaurant on Kitchen Nightmares.
See, the restaurant couldn’t even manage to stay open until its episode was aired!
Yup, Fiesta Sunrise closed before its own episode even aired, so there’s really not much to share.
Let’s go through the details, though, along with what happened to the Fiesta Sunrise owners.
Is Fiesta Sunrise still open in 2023?
Fiesta Sunrise closed in September 2008, which is a couple of months before the episode was even aired on TV (though obviously it was after the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay).
As of 2022, the old Fiesta Sunrise New York location seems to be occupied by a construction rental business named Durante Rentals.
Why did Fiesta Sunrise close?
Fiesta Sunrise closed because of issues with the owners not paying taxes.
In 2008, Fiesta Sunrise was seized for not paying back taxes.
Therefore, Fiesta Sunrise’s last open day was actually its air time on Kitchen Nightmares.
In addition, there was a stabbing at Fiesta Sunrise a bit earlier in 2008.
So between a disgusting kitchen, not paying taxes, and, you know, people getting stabbed…this restaurant was always doomed to failure.
What happened to Vic from Fiesta Sunrise?
Vic Flores was one of the owners of Fiesta Sunrise.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t have much of an online presence so I’m not sure what he’s up to.
If you know anything, please let me know in the comments.
There are some rumors that Vic from Fiesta sunrise died / is dead, including someone in the comments section below saying that Vic died from “obesity”.
I cannot verify these though as I don’t see any information about that.
I can’t definitely say that the Fiesta Sunrise Vic dead rumor is wrong, but I also don’t see any evidence that it’s true.
So I put this one as just that – a rumor. Again, if you know anything concrete, please let me know in the comments.
Final Thoughts on Fiesta Sunrise
Gordon Ramsay never had a chance to save the Fiesta Sunrise Mexican restaurant because Fiesta Sunrise closed before the episode aired on TV.
The restaurant closed because of issues with unpaid back taxes leading to it being seized by the government.
The old Fiesta Sunrise Nyack, NY location is now occupied by an unrelated construction rental business.
It’s hard to tell what happened to the Fiesta Sunrise owners. There are some rumors that Vic from Fiesta Sunrise is dead, but I don’t see any information to verify this either way.
If you want to see some updates for other nearby Kitchen Nightmares episodes, you can check out these posts:
- The Old Stone Mill update (Tuckahoe, NY)
- Bazzini update (Ridgewood, NJ)
- Campania update (Fair Lawn, NJ)
- Sabatiello’s update (Stamford, CT)
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Last updated: 2023-06-09 06:00