(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 18, 2011
Grasshopper Also Address: 645 Washington Ave Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Grasshopper Also was a Carlstadt, New Jersey restaurant featured on season 4 of Kitchen Nightmares.
The episode was filmed in November 2010 but it didn’t air until February 2011.
It was Season 4 Episode 5.
Grasshopper Also is an Irish pub located in Carlstadt, New Jersey.
The bar is managed and run by Mitch. It’s also co-owned by Mitch’s wife Maureen and Mitch’s father-in-law, Chief.
Chief is the most experienced of the group as he had over 40+ years in the restaurant industry.
He also invested most of the money into Grasshopper Also which, as you can expect, can lead to some conflict.
At first, Grasshopper Also was quite successful. However, as you’d expect from the fact that they ended up on Kitchen Nightmares, things were going downward for the restaurant.
Everyone seems to blame Mitch for the issues. Again, that’s kind of awkward when you co-own the restaurant with your wife and father-in-law.
Mitch is responsible for the kitchen, but he doesn’t do much in it. The food quality is pretty bad and dishes often get sent back.
Despite that, Mitch pretty much just hides in his office, which obviously means that his staff doesn’t really respect him.
To find out what’s going wrong, Gordon starts things off by meeting with all three owners.
Gordon Ramsay notices immediately that Maureen is basically the mediator between her husband and her father in law.
We don’t want to say it again…but that’s going to lead to some family stress.
Gordon speaks to them separately, and Maureen talks about the horrible relationship between Chief and Mitch. Chief has invested a whopping three million dollars in the restaurant, which is just a crazy sum.
Chief also thinks that Mitch is the biggest problem standing in the restaurant’s way.
Next, Gordon meets the restaurant’s manager, Annette. She tells Gordon how bad the food is, which isn’t a good sign coming from the restaurant manager.
To test it for himself, Gordon orders three dishes:
- French onion soup
- Shepherd’s pie
- Fisherman’s platter.
All three dishes are horrible, with terms like dishwater being thrown around for the soup.
As you’d expect, Gordon discovers that the chefs have no idea how to make Irish food, which explains why the quality was so poor. He also discovers some other issues, such as frozen scallops, blood in the mozzarella sticks, and just generally a bunch of gross stuff.
Gordon says that he would’ve never eaten the food if he knew how it was stored. He also makes them throw everything away and start fresh.
During these issues, Maureen is the one handling everything instead of Mitch.
To address this, Gordon has a sit down with Maureen at her home and she confides that Mitch isn’t the same person he was when she married him.
Gordon tells her that they need to find a way to get Mitch excited and passionate again.
To help with this, Gordon talks to Mitch privately and basically gives him a pep talk.
Beyond helping with the human issues, Gordon also makes some changes to the menu and introduces two new special: a shepherd’s pie and fish and chips.
The staff taste the new dishes and are blown away by the taste of them.
However, during the dinner service, the staff keep making errors like almost sending out raw burgers. They also can’t match Gordon’s quality on the specials, which tells Gordon that the chefs are a big issue at Grasshopper Also.
For dinner service, the customers are let into the restaurant.
To help, Gordon calls in James, a local chef, to help him train the cooks at Grasshopper Also. Gordon and his team also re-do the restaurant’s poor aesthetic.
Overall, everyone seems to love the changes.
So was the Grasshopper Also Kitchen Nightmares episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and how the restaurant is doing in 2024 and beyond.
Grasshopper Also Update - What Happened Next?
Soon after the Grasshopper Also Kitchen Nightmares episode was filmed, the owners fired Chef Mario.
They also kept Chef James on to continue training the staff.
Thanks to these changes and Gordon’s other adjustments, the new Yelp reviews seemed to be genuinely positive.
Of course there were a few negative reviews, but things seemed like they had shifted.
Is Grasshopper Also from Kitchen Nightmares still open?
Unfortunately, the successes would not last as Grasshopper Also eventually closed and was sold in October 2012.
This means that they were able to survive for about two years after the episode was originally filmed.
The new owners reopened a new restaurant and sports bar called the Eastside Ale House.
However, this restaurant also closed in 2016 before being reopened as another sports bar called Primetime Sports Lounge & Restaurant.
That one also didn’t last as it closed just one year later.
As of 2022, the old Grasshopper Also Carlstadt, New Jersey location is occupied by a Tapas restaurant called Segovia Meson.
It has solid reviews, with a 4 star rating on Yelp and a 4.4 star rating on Google reviews.
You can learn more about the new restaurant at the Segovia Meson website.
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Last updated: 2022-06-27 05:54