(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 15, 2011
Kingston Cafe Address: 333 S Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena, California 91105
Kingston Cafe was a Pasadena, California restaurant featured on season 4 of Kitchen Nightmares.
This episode of Kitchen Nightmares moves around a Jamaican restaurant, Kingston Café in Pasadena, California.
The owner, Dr. Una Morris runs it with an iron fist.
A radiologist and former Olympian, she barely listens to anyone’s opinion, not even to her own son, Keone Chong, who is the manager of the café.
Keone personally meets chef Gordon Ramsay and tells him about the situation.
When Chef Gordon Ramsay decides to visit this café, he finds its entrance rather dull and unattractive, one any person would mistake for a house.
He tries out a few dishes like Jamaican patties, Jerk Chicken and finds them equally gross.
On trying to work with them, he realizes that the chief problem is with Dr. Morris managing every single detail of the restaurant.
The menu is decided by her, the head chef has no say in it.
The ambiance, the look is way too formal, just like an office block.
The servers, too are in formal shirts and ties! But another major issue was that they weren’t serving fresh food. Ramsay tries to make Dr. Morris see sense, but she wouldn’t listen.
Ramsay realizes that the only way the restaurant could work would be to revamp it.
He personally confronts Dr. Morris and soon understands that she has a lot of burden on her shoulders.
She’s in huge debt, the restaurant would barely run one more month and she’s fast running out of money. After much hesitation, she agrees to take his help.
The first step which Ramsay took was to introduce a fresh barbecue in the patio. This was much loved by the customers. But it wasn’t the same inside.
The indoor restaurant continued to run as clumsily as before. The food was dry and cold. Keone was told to get much more responsible with his work.
Ramsay finally decided to do away with all the packaged foods. He brought out all the stored and frozen food and threw them away. The restaurant now needed to provide only fresh and authentic Jamaican food.
Now it was time to totally redo the food joint. The look was totally changed. The formal tablecloths were all gone and instead replaced by casual and trendy table mats.
They got some new china sets. Every table now had a special bottle of jerk sauce.
The dress code of the servers was changed too. Ramsay brought in new t-shirts for all the servers.
But most importantly, new fresh Jamaican dishes were introduced in the menu with inputs from Ramsay.
Finally, Ramsay brought a huge signboard for the restaurant to make it much more visible to passers-by.
Kingston Cafe Update - What Happened Next?
When we originally wrote our Kingston Cafe Kitchen Nightmares update in 2017, the restaurant was still open and doing well.
A new team of servers and chef was hired. With an extended bar, a new dance floor and some new and fresh authentic Jamaican delicacies, the restaurant was now running well.
Keone had left the business to focus on his education and the business was still run by his mother.
Kingston Cafe had a bustling Yelp page. And while the reviews weren’t amazing (it only had a mediocre 3-star rating), the restaurant seemed popular and like it got tons of traffic.
However, that would not last forever and Kingston Cafe closed in 2018.
Why did Kingston Cafe close?
When it closed, Kingston Cafe posted a message saying that it will now provide catering and event services only. People can still hire Kingston Cafe for weddings, birthdays, graduations, and so on.
So, it seems like the Kingston Cafe owners just wanted to get away from offering in-person service and are still happy to keep cooking.
Was there a Kingston Cafe shooting?
In 2016, a man was shot in the leg outside Kingston Cafe on an early Saturday morning. However, we don’t believe the shooting had anything to do with the restaurant.
There are very few details provided – the Pasadena Star-News article just said that the man was dropped off at the hospital with a gunshot wound in his leg and was released and made a full recovery.
What happened to Una Morris from Kingston Cafe?
As of 2021, we believe that Una Morris is mainly retired, beyond still running the catering services that Kingston Cafe offers. We can’t find any updates beyond that.
What happened to Keone from Kingston Cafe?
Keone Chong is Una Morris’ son and the former manager of Kingston Cafe. As of 2021, Keone is working as a Systm Catalyst at a company called The Systm. He previously had jobs in branding and design. You can learn more on his LinkedIn page.
What did you think about the Kingston Cafe episode of Kitchen Nightmares? I'd love it if you shared your thoughts on the episode in the comments below!
You can also click the buttons below to share this post!
And don't forget to check out all of the other Kitchen Nightmares updates.
Watch Kitchen Nightmares Episodes at Amazon
Last updated: 2022-04-12 06:46