(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: September 18, 2008
Giuseppi’s Address: 46712 Hayes Road Macomb Township, Michigan 48044
Giuseppi’s Trattoria was a Macomb Township (Detroit), Michigan restaurant featured on season 2 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Giuseppi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in September 2008, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place at the beginning of 2008.
It was Kitchen Nightmares Season 2 Episode 3.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Giuseppi’s, a family owned Italian Trattoria located in Michigan.
The Giuseppi’s owners are Joe Borgia and his wife Kathy Borgia.
Chef Ramsay is forced to confront not only truly awful Italian food and dated décor in the restaurant, but he is tasked with uniting a fractured and feuding family.
Chef Ramsay arrives as Giuseppi’s and is treated to a bland, out-dated, and sloppy lunch as he samples the potato skins, octopus salad, and Eggplant Rollatini.
Father and son pair Joe and Sam have clearly given up on their standards and their dream, which is a big part of why the Giuseppi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode exists.
Chef Ramsay experiences a menu that lacks a true Italian sensibility and later returns for dinner service to see how the restaurant operates on a daily basis.
During dinner service, Chef Ramsay witnesses how many of the problems originate from laziness in the kitchen.
Sous chef Brian sends entrees out to customers that are heated in a microwave and Joe neglects focusing on the front of the house to hover in the kitchen around Sam creating a tense atmosphere during service.
Despite diners returning their entrees to the kitchen complaining of everything from food being cold to dishes tasting bland.
Overall, Joe and Sam can’t seem to get things together.
After this disastrous dinner service Chef Ramsay confronts Joe and Sam and the pair have an emotionally fraught conversation about the direction of the restaurant and their relationship as father and son.
While Sam commits to taking charge of the kitchen and says he wants to cook fresh and flavorful Italian food, Joe abdicates responsibility of the problems.
The next day Chef Ramsay devises a cooking competition between father and son to help reignite their passion.
Each man creates a dish to potentially grace the menu as a special during dinner service.
Joe crafts a sophisticated pork dish that beats Sam’s salmon entree, but Chef Ramsay decides to feature both plates.
During service that evening begins by Sam cooking in the kitchen and Joe expediting, but pace of food leaving the kitchen quickly slows down.
Eventually Chef Ramsay has to step in himself on the line to get things moving.
That night Chef Ramsay’s team does a re-design of the dining room featuring a photo series of the family to make Giuseppi’s feel like the family-centered restaurant the pair always dreamed of.
During re-launch night the evening begins well, despite Joe having to take a breather from the line.
Surprisingly Brian begins to revert to his old messy habits and after a confrontation with Chef Ramsay is ejected from the kitchen.
Joe and Sam have to work together to finish service but are able to make it through the night while successfully executing a new and modern Italian menu.
Overall, things seem to be looking up for Giuseppi’s Trattoria.
So was the Kitchen Nightmares Giuseppi’s episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if this Macomb Michigan restaurant is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Giuseppi’s Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Giuseppi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Macomb Township, Michigan.
After the Kitchen Nightmare’s intervention in 2008, Giuseppi’s seemed to have decent reviews, though there weren’t a lot of reviews written.
Gordon Ramsay also revisited the restaurant in Season 3 Episode 10, which is when he also revisited Sante La Brea and Finn McCool’s.
If you want to watch Gordon Ramsay’s Giuseppi’s restaurant revisit, you can see it in this YouTube video:
In the video, Sam seems to be doing much better as a chef and Gordon Ramsay likes his food.
Gordon Ramsay also brings along people from the Italian American Chamber of Commerce, who give Joe a plaque recognizing the restaurant for “authentic Italian cuisine”.
Unfortunately, even positive reviews and a happier family would not be able to save the restaurant.
Is Giuseppi’s still open in 2023?
Giuseppi’s closed in July 2009, which was a little over a year after the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay, but less than a year after the Giuseppi Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on TV.
Despite a turn-around in business and several new positive reviews for the restaurant the family could not succeed in keeping the place open.
As of 2023, I believe that the old Giuseppi’s Trattoria Michigan location is occupied by a Chinese restaurant named Wing Wong Carryout Restaurant.
At least, it’s occupying part of the Giuseppi’s location in the strip mall.
The other part of the old location seems to be empty as far as I can tell.
Here’s a picture from Google Maps where you can kind of see it – the main Giuseppi’s property is the empty part on the far right:
If you know anything about what happened to the Giuseppi’s Michigan location, please let me know in the comments so that I can update this post.
Why did Giuseppi’s from Kitchen Nightmares close?
In explaining why Giuseppi’s closed, Joe and Sam cited an economic downturn in Michigan and troubles attaining a liquor license.
Remember – 2009 was right in the middle of the Great Recession, which was a time when a lot of businesses struggled.
In an interview with the Macomb Daily, Joe had this to say slightly before Giuseppi’s closed:
It’s a struggle to survive, I’m not going to lie.
Our weekends have been improving but weekdays are tough.
But even franchises restaurants around us are down 30 percent compared to a year or so ago.
That combination meant the restaurant couldn’t stay afloat and had to close its doors for good.
What happened to Joe from the Giuseppi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode?
Unfortunately, Joe doesn’t really have an online presence so I’m not sure what happened to him after Giuseppi’s closed.
Joe and Kathy were in retirement before opening the restaurant, so I hope they were able to go back to a successful retirement after it closed.
If you know anything, please let me know in the comments!
Final thoughts on Giuseppi’s restaurant
Giuseppi’s Italian restaurant seemed to be doing ok after the Kitchen Nightmares episode and they were implementing a lot of Gordon Ramsay’s tips, including having a slimmed-down menu.
Unfortunately, Giuseppi’s closed in July 2009, a victim of the global financial crisis and issues with a liquor license.
If you want to see updates for another Michigan Kitchen Nightmares episode, you can check out our Jack’s Waterfront update in Saint Clair Shores, MI.
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Last updated: 2023-02-23 11:20
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I’m watching on 4seven in the UK
I think Gordon is a very successful chef and business man! He should be listened to very hard by restauranteurs and not leave it until they are in dire straits before he is asked to sort them out. I love Gordon’s programmes😘
Joe the owner “Diabetes is the worst disease you can have…”
That guy can go screw himself. Ignorant self-absorbed person.
do you understand how diabetes works? or are you just a jerk?
its an awful disease.
It’s an awful disease, sure, but it’s not deadly unless you have a terrible diet. Cancer, leukemia, AIDS are just three examples of diseases far worse than diabetes.
It is an awful disease!
I hope and pray you are never struck with that disease. You will have eaten your words if you did 🤔🤔🤔.
The historic Borgia family was known for poisoning people so serving disgusting food actually is an improvement.
Even though the owners were completely incompetent when it came to running a restaurant, they were 100% spot-on when they were talking about the difficulties with getting a liquor license in Macomb Township. Not getting that license contributed to their problems because right across the street from them is a sports bar that is owned by a former Red Wings star player. The food there is not good at all, but people can get drinks there, and say they went to that player’s bar. Other business owners in the township have also had to wait for years for their liquor license, and others have also gone out of business while waiting to be “approved”. Years ago, the Macomb Township board decided to block owners from opening a bar in the same parking lot of their run-down, filthy banquet hall that is a couple of miles northeast of where Giuseppi’s was. The building was already there, was a restaurant that had closed,so the ladies that own the banquet hall bought it. The bar was completely separate, a separate building and a separate business. The township came up with all of these “ordinances” and “conditions” that the owners had to adhere to in order to open their bar, none of which had to be adhered to by the previous owner of the restaurant that had closed (such as being required to “tap in” to a different sewer line at a substantial cost). Macomb Township is notorious for being against small businesses, notorious for nepotism, and notorious for holding grudges against business owners who dare to challenge the township board and township officials, making the lives of those business owners miserable until they either give up or go broke trying to fight the township.
Sounds like the Township needs a change in leadership. Vote people OFF and put people that will bring new revenues to the Township and help businesses succeed. That’s what makes a town, city GROW!
I’ve seen on the Internet that Joe passed in 2013. Sam is now an executive chef.
The location where GIUSEPPI’S was located is currently empty. The address for the strip mall is 46719 Hayes Rd, Shelby Twp, MI. If you watch the episode, around 11:45 into the episode they show a good view of the exterior. Giusseppi’s is on the south end of the strip mall. Businesses to the left (Wong Wing chinese food & Beauty Co), to the right is the side of building. As of January 2023, Google maps street view shows this space unoccupied. Wong wing and Beauty Co are still there.
EDIT: It was Wong Wing and Electric Tan next to Giuseppi’s. Currently is Wong Wing and Beauty Co.
The address on the door Gordon comes out to talk to the camera is 46712. It’s seen at 13:48
Yeah I had that. I was struggling to find the exact location in the strip mall. I think I figured it out from matching pictures on the episode to pictures on Google Maps street view. It seems to be a Chinese restaurant now.