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Original Episode Air Date: November 14, 2007
Finn McCool's Address: 101 CR 31 Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Finn McCool’s was a Westhampton, New York Irish pub restaurant featured on Season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares all the way back in 2007. The restaurant was owned by Buddy Mazzio, a retired policeman.
Because Finn McCool’s was located in Westhampton Beach, it had a very seasonal cliental.
During the summer months, the place would be packed with tourists.
But during the winter months, things were pretty lean as Westhampton Beach had a permanent population of under 2,000 residents at that time.
The restaurant got its start after Buddy retired from his job in 2006.
He promptly opened up Finn McCool’s pretty much right as soon as his retirement went through.
Buddy’s son Brian was the head chef of the restaurant and Buddy’s other son Jason also worked in the restaurant.
Beyond that, Jason’s wife Melissa was a server, so this was definitely a family affair.
Gordon visited the restaurant in February, which is the low season in Westhampton Beach. He was amazed by how empty the streets were and remarked that it was like a “funeral parlor”.
Gordon orders up some of Brian’s food but, as you’d expect, he’s not very satisfied.
The salmon was covered in balsamic vinegar and the shepherd’s pie was incredibly greasy. So greasy, in fact, that Gordon had to run to the bathroom to throw up. That’s never a good sign if you’re a chef!
What’s more, the cleanliness and organization was also lacking.
Gordon joked that Finn McCool’s wasn’t just a “kitchen nightmare”, but it was a “kitchen disaster.”
To fix the problem, he demanded a deep cleaning session from the whole family.
In addition to the cleaning, Gordon gave the restaurant a makeover to improve the ambiance and experience.
He also worked with Brian to create a brand new menu that will offer better food and help the restaurant work more effectively.
To help relaunch the new restaurant, Gordon convinces local patrons to come back, along with the local paper’s food reviewer. There are some bumpy spots during the relaunch with dishes taking long to cook, but the critic eventually gets her food and is generally impressed with it.
Finn McCool's Update - What Happened Next?
After the Finn McCool’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired, Buddy was a little upset because he said that Kitchen Nightmares used deceptive editing practices to make the family’s disagreements seem more dramatic than they really were.
Still, that’s kind of what you’d expect from a reality TV show – viewers don’t want to just watch a bunch of people living in perfect harmony.
For example, Brian didn’t actually drive off in real life, which makes some of the drama in the episode much less dramatic.
One other interesting tidbit is that it came out that Finn McCool’s was picked for Kitchen Nightmares after Brian had auditioned to be on Hell’s Kitchen.
Despite Buddy’s issues with the editing, Finn McCool’s seemed to generally be doing pretty well initially after the Kitchen Nightmares episode.
Yelp reviews of the restaurant were more positive and Buddy’s financials were doing better. However, this newfound success wouldn’t last.
Unfortunately, Buddy had to sell Finn McCool’s in 2009, two years after Gordon Ramsey’s visit.
The new owners continued to run the restaurant as Finn McCool’s for another few years. However, Finn McCool’s eventually closed in 2012 due to a lease issue. The restaurant officially closed in March 2012 and it was later boarded up in June of that year.
That means that, even with the change in ownership, Finn McCool’s was still only able to survive for five years after Gordon Ramsey’s visit on Kitchen Nightmares.
Brian is still cooking in various restaurants – you can follow him on Instagram to see his food.
Buddy opened up his own private detective agency called A.Mazzio Professional Investigations. You can learn more on Buddy’s LinkedIn page.
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Last updated: 2022-01-03 06:34