(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 29, 2011
La Frite Address: 15013 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
La Frite was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on Season 4 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the La Frite Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in April 2011, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place at the beginning of 2011.
It was Kitchen Nightmares Season 4 Episode 11.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay visits Los Angeles to save a family-owned French bistro named La Frite.
Side note – there are actually two locations for La Frite – La Frite Sherman Oaks and La Frite Woodland Hills. The Kitchen Nightmares episode focuses on the Sherman Oaks location.
The La Frite Los Angeles restaurant has a long history in the city, as it was originally opened all the way back in 1972 by Andre Ramillon, a French immigrant.
However, Andre wants to retire after spending so long in the business.
Originally, he brought in his son Alex to manage the restaurant.
A few years after that, he also brought in his daughter Celine.
However, the two siblings don’t have a very good working relationship…to say the least.
Chef Ramsay soon realizes that he may have a very difficult job on his hands as brother and sister Alex & Celine come to blows.
To make matters worse, stubborn head chef Martine cooks Gordon’s lunch in the microwave and doesn’t take kindly to his criticism.
Basically, the La Frite Kitchen Nightmares episode is a powder keg waiting to blow.
It doesn’t take long for Gordon to work out that the main reason the restaurant is failing is the fact that there is no communication between the owners and the chef.
It seems that none of the owners care enough to make it work and big brother Alex admits that he can’t stand his sister Celine working in the restaurant.
After a disastrous lunch meal, Gordon learns that Martine will not listen to Celine and Alex can’t handle confrontation or constructive criticism.
When dinner service starts it becomes clear that chef Martine is burnt out and has lost his passion for food.
The only owner that cares is Celine, however she is constantly ignored and her ideas are always brushed aside.
Gordon becomes infuriated by Alex’s attitude and makes it clear that he has to change his ways and make an effort with his sister.
If he can’t take the restaurant seriously there is no point in him being there.
The dinner service is abysmal and food is consistently returned to the kitchen.
Chef Martine makes very little effort to produce any delicious food and forgets to season his dishes with any salt or pepper.
It’s standard fare when it comes to the food on Kitchen Nightmares, but it’s still surprising how bad it is given the restaurant’s long history.
Gordon decides that the only way to move forward and get the restaurant back on its feet is to fix the fragmented relationship between the owners.
He decides to speak alone with Celine and convinces her to open up about the relationship with her brother.
While discussing the restaurant, Alex walks in and joins the conversation.
He opens up about how he feels towards his sister and admits that he has been jealous that she was given the restaurant over him.
However he states that he wants to put the past behind him and work hard to improve the restaurant.
Gordon and his team transform the restaurant giving it a brand new look making it much more inviting.
He introduces a spectacular menu and hires well-renowned “Chef Chuy” to run the kitchen.
Gordon provides all the tools to make the bistro a success and the re-launch couldn’t have went any better.
Overall, things seem to be looking up for the restaurant going forward.
So was the Kitchen Nightmares La Frite episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if this Los Angeles restaurant is still open in 2023 and beyond.
La Frite Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the La Frite Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Los Angeles, CA.
After the show was filmed Chef Chuy was brought in full time to continue as the executive chef.
Alex and Celine continued to work well together and put their differences aside.
Not only did Gordon save the restaurant from disaster, he saved the family.
La Frite managed to stay open for years and was highly regarded in Los Angeles as an above average French bistro.
It had very good ratings on TripAdviser and seemed to be a great success.
The food was well presented and was clear that the team had been taught well by Gordon and chef Chuy.
There were many positive reviews stating how delicious the food is and the vast majority of people have said they would return for more excellent French cuisine.
Did Gordon Ramsay revisit La Frite?
Chef Ramsay revisited the restaurant later only to find a well structured restaurant running smoothly with a harmonious family serving delicious food.
In the La Frite revisited episode, Celine revealed that her brother and father were now listening to her a lot more and taking her ideas on board.
Alex admitted to chef Ramsay that it was difficult making huge changes to the restaurant at first but is thankful for all the help he received.
Celine and Alex said that they are now closer than ever and working hard to make La Frite a success.
Unfortunately, I can’t find a high-quality YouTube video of the La Frite Gordon Ramsay revisit.
I did find a very low-quality version on YouTube, though – it starts at around the 35:28 mark in this video:
However, La Frite’s success would not go on forever, unfortunately.
Is La Frite still open in 2023?
While La Frite did enjoy years of success after Gordon Ramsay’s visit, the owners sold the restaurant to a new owner, George Zaoui, in 2016.
George originally continued with the La Frite concept after purchasing the restaurant.
However, in late 2017, the new owner converted La Frite into a new restaurant concept called Modo Mia.
The new owner said that La Frite had too many issues so it was better to switch it to Italian cuisine.
Unfortunately, that means that La Frite now has to officially be put on the closed list.
Modo Mio was still active at the old La Frite Sherman Oaks location on Ventura Blvd until 2021.
Modo Mio had solid reviews, with a 4.5 star rating according to its Yelp page.
However, as of 2022, Modo Mio is now closed and the old La Frite Sherman Oaks location seems to be empty for now. If anything changes, I will update this post.
While the La Frite Sherman Oaks location made it until 2016/2017, the La Frite Woodland Hills location closed back in December 2012. This location was not featured on the show as Gordon visited the Sherman Oaks location.
The Woodland Hills location is now occupied by a restaurant named California Pita & Grill.
Why did La Frite close?
As I mentioned above, La Frite closed because it was sold to new owners. The new owners tried to continue with the La Frite concept for about a year, but they then switched it to an Italian concept named Modo Mio (which eventually closed in 2021).
What happened to the La Frite owners?
After La Frite closed, Celine had a few jobs working as a General Manager for some other restaurants.
As of 2022, she seems to be the general manager at a Los Angeles tennis club, which seems like a pretty good job. Congratulations to her!
Alex worked as a server for a time and he’s now an event manager at a local yacht club.
I’m not sure what happened to Andre, but I’d imagine he’s retired at this point.
A weird bit of trivia about La Frite
This happened long before the La Frite Kitchen Nightmares episode. But in researching this post, I came across an old 1991 article about a car plowing into the La Frite outdoor dining area and injuring 8 people.
Thankfully, noone was permanently injured – but it’s a very weird situation!
Final thoughts on La Frite
La Frite stayed open for a good amount of time after the Kitchen Nightmares episode.
However, it closed in 2016/2017 because it was sold to new owners who put in a new concept.
Andre seems to be retired, while Celine and Alex both have successful careers.
The old La Frite Sherman Oaks location is empty for now after Modo Mio closed in 2021.
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Last updated: 2022-09-06 04:25