Handlebar Restaurant Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Handlebar still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 11, 2008
Handlebar Address: 23 Rte 25A Mount Sinai, New York 11766

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Handlebar Kitchen Nightmares Update

The Handlebar Restaurant in New York was owned by Billy, an owner who was struggling to keep the restaurant afloat. This was a perfect option for a Kitchen Nightmares project. So, Gordon Ramsay decides to take up the challenge. He first goes to visit Billy and his wife. Billy, being a construction worker and not having any restaurant experience, had no idea why the restaurant had such a hard time in attracting customers.

The restaurant had numerous failings, which Ramsay discovered one by one. He first found out that the Head Chef Melissa had no interest in being a chef or anything to do with the restaurant but had only taken up the job because she was pressured to take it. Not a recipe for success!

So, to further find out why the restaurant is not filling up, Gordon gets to the usual scene. He orders the items in the restaurant’s menu to see what is wrong.

Gordon orders the Seafood Crepe, the Filet Mignon Fondue and the Clam Chowder. As soon as Gordon sees the Seafood Crepe he is not happy with the fact that it is filled with imitation crab meat. Gordon gets into a dilemma as he is served hot oil to cook his own meal which he considers bad for a good steak. The only thing that Gordon likes is the chowder and goes on to say it is perfectly seasoned and is a well-balanced dish. It’s rare for Gordon to like any of the food, so I’d consider this a win for Handlebar!

After the meal, he sits down to talk with Billy and tells him how he really feels about the food. Billy is fascinated by this as he feels his food is good enough and states that no customer has ever complained. Gordon then inspects the kitchen to find it in a filthy state, which Billy claims is not how it usually is kept. Billy and Gordon argue a lot and at one point, Billy storms out and calls his wife to tell her that they might sell the restaurant.

Gordon then adds a new special to the next dinner which Melissa finds difficult to make. The customers are made to wait a long time for their food which makes them annoyed. Gordon then decides that everything needs to be changed. He decides to make the restaurant into a Gastro Pub which might make it the only one in Long Island. He also somehow manages to get Dee Snyder to come for the opening, who rides into the pub in a bike which is then auctioned with its proceeds going to charity. Even though there were a few difficulties, Gordon is pleased with the reopening and the changes made that have been made to the restaurant.

Handlebar Update - What Happened Next?

Gordon revisited Handle bar in Season 3. He is pleased with the restaurant and how it’s done since he made the changes. Unfortunately, shortly after Gordon’s visit, Handlebar was closed down. It was sold and reopened a couple of times with different names like:

  • Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar
  • Benchwarmers Tavern and Grill

But sadly, it all stopped in 2015 as Billy succumbed to cancer and passed on. RIP.

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Last updated: 2017-03-15 09:58


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