Jack’s Waterfront Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Jack's Waterfront still open?

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

Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 6, 2008
Jack's Waterfront Address: 24214 Jefferson Ave Saint Clair Shores, Michigan 48080

Episode Recap

Jack’s Waterfront was a Saint Clair Shores, Michigan restaurant featured all the way back on season 2 of Kitchen Nightmares.

In this episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visited Jack’s Waterfront, St Clair Shores, MI, a seafood restaurant which was run by Tanner, Jim, and Scott. A.J. was their general manager.

The restaurant was located on the bay and Chef Gordon reached them through a snowmobile by riding over the frozen lake. One of the perks of being on a TV show!

He ordered a Krab Omelet and fish and chips from their menu.

He was also informed by a waitress that K in Krab Omelet stands for the artificial crab meat.

Chef Gordon disliked the food and proceed to inspect other parts of the restaurant.

He came across the beef swimming in blood and also found a salmon that had been artificially dyed in the pink color.

Although A.J. tried to impress him, Chef Gordon isn’t impressed with the staff at all.

He was also informed that fish was bought from the market when they can actually get it directly on the bay without incurring expenses.

Chef Gordon was also not impressed with certain habits of the general manager A.J. such as drinking ouzo while being on duty, socializing with customers and tendency to neglect even his basic duties.

Chef Gordon was extremely surprised to find that A.J. had been taking around $ 100,000 a year on his payslip. A.J cited his long working hours to justify his payslip.

Chef Gordon was also not impressed with the performance of Aaron, the in-house chef of Jack’s Waterfront.

Chef Aaron was not confident with his job and he was facing difficulty is controlling his staff.

They would go out without caring for his instructions and they were not polite with their customers too.

The customers too were not impressed with the quality of the food and regularly complained about this to A.J.

Chef Gordon realized that too much food is being wasted as customers were sending it back again and again to the kitchen.

It was quite obvious that this was causing a huge financial burden on the restaurant but no one seems to be bothered about it.

After going through the problem, Chef Gordon decided to show how an actual water-front restaurant should be operating.

He came up with a specially cooked fish which was caught on the ice lake.

Not only staff but customers also appreciated this fresh fish. They asked it to be included in the regular menu.

Chef Gordon also went through various parts of the restaurant to give it a makeover.

He introduced fish bowls in the walls and a knots game to keep customers busy and entertained while the food was being prepared.

This allowed staff to have more time to cook their food properly.

There was a new menu too and fish was being caught from the bay.

The relaunch of the Jack’s Waterfront was a success and customers were loving new décor and food.

Chef Gordon also requested A.J. to cut his hours and salary to help the restaurant and think about long-term benefits.

A.J. agreed on this suggestion and staff agreed to be more cooperative.

The Jack’s Waterfront Kitchen Nightmares episode originally aired in November, 2008.

Jack's Waterfront Update - What Happened Next?

Although the performance of Jack’s water-front improved after they adopted the practices of Chef Gordon, it was closed in December 2010 and later opened as Dockside Jack’s in March 2011.

However, it was permanently closed after a month and the three owners sold it back to the previous owners.

As of 2022, a restaurant called Brownies on the Lake is operating in the previous Jack’s Waterfront location.

They have returned back after 14 years and are operated by Andiamo Restaurant Group.

However, reviews for Brownies on the Lake don’t seem that positive as it has just a 2.5 star rating on its Yelp page.

Despite the low rating, Brownies on the Lake does seem to be successful for now.

What happened to chef Aaron from Jack’s Waterfront?

A lot of people felt bad for chef Aaron because he didn’t have the flexibility to change the menu. Unfortunately, Aaron doesn’t seem to have much of a social media presence so we can’t find out what happened to him after the Kitchen Nightmares episode.

If you know anything, please leave a comment and let us know!

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21 thoughts on “Jack’s Waterfront Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

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  1. From Minnesota, scratched my head when I read jet ski. Winter; snow here- snowmobile, Summer; open water on the more than 10,000 lakes-jet skis.
    Like KN. Even like to watch the reruns.

  2. I could’ve swore I saw Scott from this episode tonight at a small bar/restaurant in Shiawassee County. Tempted to ask him but if it was him, wouldn’t want to bring up bad memories of a failed restaurant.

  3. The entire kitchen line should’ve been fired. Such a useless, disrespectful crew. The head chef was completely handicapped by them and a bad menu. The “manager” was a complete joke and doing nothing but draining any profit they might have seen. Unfortunately, they waited too long to bring in Ramsay and certainly needed more assistance than he could provide. Bottom line, the three owners were in way over their heads.

    • Yes, I think that must be what happened…they were too far in the hole to turn things around fast enough to save the business. I think that probably explains why KN’s restaurants have such a high failure rate. They don’t call Gordon in until they are on the precipice of losing the business. Then their best-faith efforts can’t save them. Too bad.

    • The one guy frying onion rings seems to have a very low IQ. The biggest issue was AJ, paying him $100 000 in 2008, that is outrageous, Aaron was likely only paid $40000-$50000 at the time. AJ only smokes, drinks and dance all night. With 3 owners, they don’t need a general manager, AJ was only there because he is Tammer’s dad. I hope the three owners are doing well today

  4. Brownies is one of the hot spots on lake St Clair with a 3.9/5 rating. It’s pretty much a lakeside nightclub at night but a nice fancy spot during the day with great views. This episode would have been way different if it was shot in the summer.

  5. The three owner’s were sailing away, on a sinking ship from the start. If you allow a money hungry g.M. To suck the profit out of the business, then why be surprised, when the door’s close and your left with a pile of bills.

    The owners knew the restaurant was floundering and sinking into a deep dark hole. Gordon did little to stop the final outcome offering no safety net. That was the worst makeover the show has ever done, along with gordon’s perch fish idea……

    • right? there is no commercial fishing on lake st. clair and I wouldnt eat anything out of a lake regularily closed to human contact from E. Coli.

  6. I wanted to see what happened to Chef Aaron. I was impressed and inspired by his positive energy, work ethic, and fortitude. Had he been given the authority that he needed and that his title implies, he could have turned that place into something special.
    It was evident that Aaron had the drive and will to be great chef. He correctly identified and clearly voiced the problems that existed along with the solutions needed to correct them. He was humble, bright, and surprisingly composed and patient amidst an atmosphere of apathy and aggravation. Had he been allowed to lead his staff and create or improve the menu, he would have embraced his role and gained the respect that he deserved from his staff. The qualities that Aaron possesses are the perfect recipe for a successful chef and restaurant.
    It’s a shame the owners couldn’t relinquish some authority and creative licence. Ultimately, it cost them their business. It could have been a restaurant that stood the test of time and established itself as a staple in the community.
    Wherever Aaron is now, I hope he is either living or still chasing his dreams.

  7. my favorite takeaways:

    Summer resort community? Which resort would that be? The nursing home across the street?

    Snowmobile across the lake my butt, you’re telling me he snowmobiled himself across an international border?

    Fresh Perch from the lake thats regularly closed for swimming because Macomb cant be bothered to pay taxes for sewers so they just pump their shit into the lake?

    I swear, Macomb county is the worst.


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