(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
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In this episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Fiesta Sunrise, a Mexican restaurant based in New York. Fiesta Sunrise is owned by the trio of Vic, Patty, and Yolanda.
The episode shows that Vic and Yolanda had no money to open a new restaurant, so they ask their daughter Patty to use her credit and saving for the business. 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.
When the Gordon arrives at the restaurant and sees the sign above the door Grill 303, he thinks that the restaurant is closed but then he discovers that they actually haven’t changed the logo since the restaurant used to be named Grill 303.
Now as the story goes by and Gordon orders his food. 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.
When the food arrives, it was like a nightmare on the table (I guess that’s why it’s called Kitchen Nightmares!). He then inspects the chicken and discovers that he has been served old rice, cooked days ago.
Yolanda then tells him that they are in 850,000 dollars 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.
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. Vic admits that he knew about the infestation. Gordon then calls in the exterminator.
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. Next day he returns with Chef Juliet a Ballesteros, a top Mexican chef. He decorated the whole restaurant. That night the customers are pleased with the food and the launch was successful.
Fiesta Sunrise Update - What Happened Next?
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 why did the restaurant get shut down? 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.
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Last updated: 2017-03-22 09:33